Barnard Staff Advisory Council (BSAC)
Barnard Staff Advisory Council
The mission of Barnard College to provide the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women depends on the support and commitment of diverse, informed, and engaged staff. The mission of the Barnard Staff Advisory Council is to provide a voice for all levels of staff at Barnard College and a direct line of communication to the President and College leadership.
The Staff Council will advise, bring attention to, and address issues that impact the culture and climate for College staff, and create programming that seeks to celebrate and recognize the many contributions of the staff as critical and valued stakeholders of the College community.
What Is BSAC?
In 2017, Barnard’s Presidential Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion released a set of recommendations to the administration and Board of Trustees, including the formation of a staff council to provide a more formal mechanism for communication between all levels of staff and the senior leadership of the College.
From September 2017 through March 2018, a group of College staff, invited to participate at the recommendation of their department heads, met regularly as a steering committee to create the framework for the newly created Barnard Staff Advisory Council. Many of these initial participants then chose to serve as Council members. Moving forward, members will rotate off the Council after a period of 12-18 months of service, at which point new members will be chosen.
BSAC is the advisory body of the staff of Barnard College and advocates for the staff members’ interests as stakeholders at Barnard College. Specifically, the objectives of BSAC shall be to:
- Provide a channel of communication between staff and the President and administration;
- Provide referrals for concerns to appropriate College resources or administrators;
- Conduct regular public meetings, forums, surveys, etc., to exchange information and determine topics of staff interest;
- Promote a sense of community through initiatives to enhance the staff experience.
BSAC is not a forum for any discussion of any employee grievances, wages, hours of employment, benefits, bonuses, health and safety rules, health care coverage, employment policies or any topic related to the terms and conditions or that are covered by any Collective Bargaining Agreement with the College.
BSAC meetings typically take place on the second Monday of each month, from 12:00-1:00pm. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
The next open meeting, where all staff are invited to attend and hear about ongoing and new Council initiatives, is TBA. Please email email@example.com to RSVP so we can ensure adequate seating.
The current BSAC members are:
Christine Shin, Co-Chair
Dawn Williams, Co-Chair
Michelle Avelar, External Communications Secretary
Nanette DiLauro, Treasurer
Mike Malena, Recording Secretary
BSAC would like to thank the members of the Steering Committee for their foundational work: Michelle Avelar, Lisa Buonaiuto, Mary Champion, Kevin Collymore, Alli Cooke, Carolyn Corbran, Nanette DiLauro, Amanda Gates-Elston, Alexcia Gayle, Matt Hamilton, Ruth Khaleel, Karen Lynch, Mike Malena, Rodolfo Nunez, Di Ann Pierce, Juan Ramos, Virginia Ryan, Christine Shin, Julia Wang, Dawn Williams, and Ingrid Wiltshire.
BSAC sponsors and cosponsors events throughout the year to promote staff appreciation, and create social opportunities for staff to get to know each other. Please watch this page for event announcements, which will also be communicated through email and flyers.
All staff are invited to attend monthly informational sessions, where members of BSAC will be present to explain what we do and how you can join, as well as listen to any good news, ideas, or concerns. There's no need to RSVP for these events - please drop by any time within the hour. (We usually have treats!)
Dates for Talking Tuesdays during the Fall 2019 semester are TBA.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Thursday, August 22
The second annual BSAC Ice Cream Social took place in August to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. Photos coming soon!
STAFF RECOGNITION BREAKFAST: Wednesday, June 12
The first annual Staff Recognition Breakfast took place in June to honor employees with milestone anniversaries. Additionally, the newly-created Barnard Excellence Award honored two staff members who in their roles have illustrated the vision and values of the College, and Barnard's Student Government Association (SGA) recognized a staff member with the 2019 Administrator of the Year award.
Barnard Excellence Awards: Amanda Gates-Elston, Quincy Williams
SGA Administrator of the Year Award: Molree Williams-Lendor
- 10 Years: Michael Banta, Marina Bonanno, Lisa Buonaiuto, Israel Caban, Margherita Casperson, Mary Champion, Monsitah Corney, Nanette DiLauro, Kennate Frisby, Mia Gomez, Sarah Greene, Elizabeth Hantman, Anne Herlick, Jason Kocher, Victor Melendez Jr., Alethea Miller, Carlos Pagan, Juan Ramos Jr., Paul Woo, Nikki Youngblood Giles
- 15 Years: Omar Alleyne, Kelvin Blassingame, Melinda Burgos Rodriguez, Mary Commerford, Anthony Dantes, Eileen Di Benedetto, Roberto Antonio Diaz, Jenna Freedman, Mirelis Matos, Nikolaos Molos, Pam Phillips, Jennifer Rios, Steven Samuel, Jomysha Stephen, Nurys Vega, Carol Wynne
- 20 Years: Valerie Alleyne, Dou-Gal Douglas, Ruth Khaleel, Mike Malena, David Marrero, Minerva Read, Tynisha Rue, Gregory Samuel
- 25 Years: Vladimir Broverman, Evris Julian, George Koserowski, Christina Kuan Tsu, Denis Riker, Elizabeth Salandy, Jun Ye
- 30 Years: Darnley Alleyne, Olive Conteh-Martyn, Velma Joseph, Cynthia Morris, Diana Small, Miguel Vergara
- 35 Years: Seth Boateng, Raymond Conteh
- 40 Years: Clive Dillon, Raymond Torres
- 45 Years: Mary Missirian
ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Thursday, Aug. 23, from 2:00-3:30pm, in Milbank Courtyard
Barnard College staff attended a summer ice cream social to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. BSAC Co-Chairs Christine Shin and Dawn Williams gave brief remarks about the Council, and President Beilock thanked staff for all their efforts throughout her first year at Barnard. BSAC members and College senior staff dished out a variety of ice cream flavors, toppings, and dairy-free popsicles to more than 200 staff, with help from perfect summer weather and an upbeat soundtrack from "DJ Deejay" - HRIS Analyst Mike Malena.
BSAC is committed to serving the greater Harlem and NYC communities through service projects, often in collaboration with the Morningside Area Alliance or Columbia Community Service. Please keep an eye on this page for announcements and further details about upcoming opportunities to give back.
CCS's Coat, Clothing & Toiletries Drive - Spring 2019
A coat, clothing and toiletries drive, conducted in partnership with Columbia Community Service, took place in Spring 2018. The Barnard Community responded by donating 1,526 articles of clothing and toiletries during our second year partnering with CCS.
BSAC's Coat Drive - Winter 2019
First annual BSAC Coat Drive in support of Broadway Presbyterian Church, our morningside Heights neighbor serving community members in need. The Barnard Community donated over three times are goal with 185 items which included 99 coats and 86 assorted items (hats, scarves and gloves)!
BSAC's Season of Giving Food Drive - Fall 2018
First annual BSAC Season of Giving Food Drive in support of Broadway Presbyterian Church, our Morningside Heights neighbor serving community members in need. The Barnard Community donated 357 food items just in time for Thanksgiving!
CCS's Coat & Clothing Drive - Spring 2018
A coat and clothing drive, conducted in partnership with Columbia Community Service, took place in Spring 2018. BSAC is thrilled to announce that the Barnard community donated 1,058 articles of clothing, which were distributed to the Riverside Language Program (serving new immigrants and refugees) and Cathedral Community Cares (a neighborhood clothing closet for the needy and those returning to the workforce).