In January 2012, over forty Student Affairs staff members went offsite to engage in conversation and activities that resulted in the identification of the Division’s vision statement and core values. Come visit us in the divisional office of Student Affairs, and you will see a bright, colorful display of our values lining the walls.

In January 2013, Vice Chancellor Michael Laliberte challenged his Cabinet members to identify initiatives that reflect our commitment to the divisional values. A few months later, the Administrative Services Leadership Team had identified four initiatives that would advance the vision and values of UWM and of Student Affairs. Within three months, the four grew into six.

Student Affairs Administrative Services has advanced the following six initiatives:

  1. A New Employee Onboarding Program that aims to provide a supportive and welcoming environment to new Student Affairs staff members. It is designed to connect new employees to the organizational culture, colleagues, and available resources as they transition into their new position within Student Affairs.
  2. The Student Affairs Best Practices Committee was created to develop Divisional internal control best practices and policies that address the processes/systems/programs identified in the UW-Milwaukee Internal Control Plan. These standardized administrative best practices and policies support the reduction in errors, creation of efficiencies, and systems that allow departments to anticipate and minimize risk.
  3. A Student Affairs Administrative Services Website to provide easy-to-access solutions in business, human resources and information technology. The website also provides new employees with guidance and resources to help them get off to a successful start.
  4. The Green Office Certification was awarded to the Division of Student Affairs on 10/24/2014 by the UWM Office of Sustainability. The Division of Student Affairs was the first at UWM to achieve this award. Twenty-four departments participated and individually received a certification award.
  5. A Supervisor Leadership Development Program that is a leadership competency based program focused on three broad areas of development: Leading the Self, Leading Others, and Leading the Organization. The program is currently in development and scheduled to launch in January 2015. It is part of a broader vision for divisional staff development.
  6. Paper Reduction across the division began in the Human Resources. Utilizing ImageNow, a structure for process and implementation was created. The first phase is underway with divisional personnel files being digitized, reducing paper both in storage and workflow.

Many staff members across the division have contributed a great deal of time and energy to moving these initiatives forward helping to make the Division of Student Affairs truly remarkable. A huge thank you to all of these contributors!