The UNM Staff Council is offering staff members an opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn more about how the university works. The new Staff Leadership Mentoring / Training series begins Monday, July 7. 

The class will be held at the Faculty/Staff Club beginning at 12 p.m. The first session will explore how the Staff Council works. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase soups/salads and sandwiches at the club.

Mary Clark, Staff Council speaker, is offering the free certificate course as part of the activities for Staff Appreciation Month (SAM). Clark is a two-time Staff Council president and will conduct the class on the first Monday of each month, except for December.

This certificate program is designed specifically for staff to learn more about the workings of the university so that attendees can confidently and effectively step into a leadership position. The 10-part series will teach ways to connect and to build strong alliances and partnerships across campus, identify key people and organizations who will strengthen and support the council and its constituents. Topics will include how staff members can advocate at the legislature, information about who the regents are and what they do, how UNM is funded and other issues affecting higher education. This is an opportunity for staff to improve job skills and perhaps find a mentor.

Staff is invited to attend the entire course or to sit in on specific topic areas. Certificates will be presented to participants after each session.  The certificates can be included in performance evaluations to demonstrate commitment to improving knowledge of the University.

Seating is limited and interested attendees are encourage to RSVP as soon as possible. To RSVP, email Clark at or call 277-1142.