Here you will learn what the Classified Senate is and how you can get involved.
Your Role as a Classified Staff Member in the Collegial Consultation Process at San Bernardino Valley College
What is Collegial Consultation?
Collegial Consultation is a process involving faculty, administrators, classified staff, and students in deliberations regarding day-to-day and long-range planning and policies for the college. These deliberations lead to recommendations that the Chancellor carries forward to the Board of Trustees for final approval. In issues related to academic and professional matters, the Board will rely primarily on the Academic Senate. Other areas of decision-making in regard to Board Policy will be mutually agreed upon between the Governing Board, the Academic Senate, administration, staff, and students.
What is Classified Senate?
The SBVC Classified Senate is an organization of classified staff from all areas of campus. Our purpose is to represent classified staff in the collegial consultation process. We are active at college council, district assembly, and campus events. We are custodians, secretaries, lab technicians, groundskeepers, assistants, supervisors, students, former students, student activists, mentors, diplomats, and above all of the above . . . we are classified.
What Does This Mean for You?
Collegial Consultation is an avenue to which campus policy can and does change. If you have ever asked yourself, “Why do we do this?” and thought you might have a better idea, senate is the place to bring that idea. If you attended the last Classified Staff Week and had some issues about the timing of events and would like to suggest a better way to do things next year, senate is who to contact and collaborate with. If you have always wanted to be on a campus committee, the Classified Senate President and CSEA President jointly assign staff to committees and are always looking for interested people to actively serve our campus.
Classified Senate is involved in every area of our college and is committed to the belief that input from classified staff, the people in the trenches, provide essential contributions to the institution’s ability to make sound “educated” decisions with the best available information. If you would like to learn more, please contact the Senate President Cassandra Thomas either by email, by phone call at (909) 384-8241, or by visiting me in the Physical Science Building, Room 306 (PS-306).