Candidate Statement

I am an Administrative Services Specialist and Assistant to the Director in the School of Music. I have been working in CLAS since April of 2022. First serving Performing Arts at Iowa (formerly Division of Performing Arts) before moving full-time to the School of Music. The main issue that I see facing staff is burnout and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. In a post-lockdown world, many staff members feel a greater desire for more meaningful work/life balance and support from CLAS on fostering a culture of understanding and flexibility. Whether that be flexible work options, additional mental health support, or incentives for staff to be proactive about maintaining healthy boundaries when not at work, and prioritizing their physical and mental health. I firmly believe that actions such as these foster a happier & healthier workplace which in turn is more productive, and conducive to excellence.