Wentworth’s Staff Council serves as an advisory body to Wentworth’s president. The bylaws outline the Staff Council’s role in representing the perspectives of staff to the administration, sharing ideas on best practices in their respective areas that support the University’s mission and strategic initiatives, and facilitating communication between the administration and staff at all organizational levels.
The Council’s purpose and objectives include:
- Supporting the strategic initiatives of the University
- Providing comment on changes or additions to University policies, practices, and programs for addressing issues of common concern
- Communicating with staff at all organizational levels about the work of the Council
- Actively supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University
- Endorsing and promoting community‐building programs and activities to support closer working relationships and collaborations between and among organizational areas and employees at Wentworth
- Advocating for and modeling an environment of respect and fairness and building community through effective communication
While the Council is not a decision‐making body, members of the Council provide valuable input, advice, and recommendations on behalf of staff colleagues to the University’s administration.
In November 2020, Wentworth President Mark A. Thompson announced the establishment of a working group of representative staff members from across the University to develop Wentworth’s first-ever Staff Council as an important first step in supporting staff engagement and collaboration.
Divisions held elections during March 2021 and elected their first representatives to sit on the Council.
Charge of Council
- Provide comment on changes or additions to University policies, practices, and programs for addressing issues of common concern
- Communicate with staff at all organizational levels about the work of the Council
- Actively support diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University
- Endorse and promote community‐building programs and activities to support closer working relationships and collaborations between and among organizational areas and employees at Wentworth
- Advocate for and model an environment of respect and fairness and building community through effective communication
Staff Council Members
Robbin Beauchamp, Council ChairImage
Robbin Beauchamp joined Wentworth Institute of Technology as Director of Cooperative Education and Career Development in Boston in September 2014 with over 25 years of college career services and human resources experience. She grew up in Winsted, Connecticut and went to Emerson College for her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and Television Production. She obtained her Masters degree in Administration/Organizational Policy from Boston University. Robbin previously worked in Career Services at Stonehill College and was the Director of the Career Center at Roger Williams University. Prior to working in higher education, Robbin worked in Human Resources for 10 years as a Recruiter, Trainer, Benefits Administrator and Manager.
Loretta Stephens-Smith, Council Vice-Chair
My name is Loretta Stephens-Smith, I'm the Lead Operations Specialist in the Office of Admissions and I represent the Enrollment Management Division on the student council.
I came to Wentworth after graduating from Northeastern University, August will mark 4 years working at the university. I have enjoy working for Wentworth, there is such a sense of community, and I love working with such talented, and kind individuals. I am looking forward to all the great work the Staff Council will accomplish, we are looking forward to representing all staff to the best of our ability.
Alex has been in Higher Education for over 15 years and has held administrative positions at Springfield College, Wesleyan University, Dean College, Babson College, and now Wentworth where he began as Director of the Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs in 2016. Under his leadership, the Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs has not only become a home for students, particularly Black and Brown students, but has grown to be an integral part of the Wentworth Community. Alex was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. As a First-Generation and son of immigrants, Alex believes that education is a right, not a privilege. His identities as a Latino Gay man has shaped the way he navigates his personal and professional worlds. Alex is proud of the work that CDSJP has done to promote equity and inclusion. He looks forward to the future of DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) at Wentworth. Alex is a graduate of Springfield College where he received his Master’s Degree while working as Resident Director in the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys exploring new spots to eat, binge watching his favorite Netflix shows, and spending time with his husband, kids and two dogs.
I have spent the majority of my career in Higher Education. I Joined WIT as the Prospect Research Manager in October 2017 and became the Director of Advancement Services and Research in October 2019. Previously I worked right down the street at New England Conservatory of Music as the Director of Prospect Research for over 11 years. My passions in life are the people I love, all animals, reading, and collecting rocks, crystals, and minerals.
My name is Joe Fisher (he/him) and I serve as the Staff Council representative for the Division of Student Affairs. I began at Wentworth in 2019, and since then, have had the pleasure of both teaching and mentoring students, as well as collaborating with passionate and dedicated colleagues.
I plan to use my position on staff council to elevate the voices of our staff and share their experiences to increase the overall working experience for staff members. I am committed to this work ensuring Wentworth is collaborative and rewarding place for employment. I am open to anyone contacting me to share their experiences and ideas.
I joined the University in 2011 with over 30 years of administrative experience. I began this adventure in the Institutional Advancement department. I currently work in the Business department within Facilities/Physical Plant division. I have spread my previous experience, expertise, and joy to the following companies: Stop & Shop (headquarters), Harvard Pilgrim Institute, American Physical Therapy Association to name a few. I am married with two adult children, I have three grandchildren 11, 9, and 5yrs. I enjoy reading, traveling, most outdoor activities like hiking, walking, lazy beach days or just people watching.
I would like to see the staff council establish a solid foundation that includes processes and structure that can be repeated and continued year after year no matter who serves. I would also like the staff council to be a place where people within the Wentworth community feel safe, heard, and assured and their voice, opinions, and suggestions are valid, acted upon (with communication and feedback) and executed no matter how big or small.
I began my career in Higher Education in 1995 at Newbury College and have been here at Wentworth for 23 years. I started as the Payroll Administrator in the Controller’s Office under Finance and more recently,
in March of 2020, I moved to Human Resources. Early in my career my focus was primarily on Payroll Processing, General Accounting, and Accounts Payable Management. Throughout my years at Wentworth I participated on many HRIS database conversions, 403(B) Census Data Preparation, Finance Audits, 1099 and ACA Tax Filing Preparations and have become proficient on various Payroll and HR platforms.
As a member of the Staff Council, I feel our most important goal is to not just gather feedback from the staff but really try to make their voices heard. I want to make sure everyone feels like any data or surveys being collected matter and that someone is listening, and their thoughts and opinions can and will make a difference. I want the Staff Council to make a concerted effort to bring forth the collective results and ask, “What’s the next step?”
I would also like to work with other members of the Staff Council and the Wentworth Community to bridge the communication gap regarding project planning on campus. There are so many great projects, concepts, ideas, and strategies happening on campus all the time but there needs to be a better way to communicate when it comes to project planning. Sharing knowledge, ideas, and resources early on during the planning process could save time, money and so much more. By working on communicating across divisions we can start getting the right people in touch early on and make sure no stone has been left unturned before the project is underway. Making sure the correct budget dollars are allocated, an accurate timeline is in place, the appropriate signage has been ordered, the space has been reserved, food has been ordered, approvals have been made, and so forth. There are so many variables that can often be overlooked and communication is key.
I’ve been working at WIT for almost 4 years. I started as a work study student and moved my way up to my current position. I am also a Wentworth alumnus, graduating in 2019 with a BS in Computer Networking and a minor in Security. Some of my interests consist of researching new security threats, photography, and exploring new hiking trails.
I have many goals that I would like for this council to fulfill, but a few of the main ones are regarding relationships and communication. I believe it is extremely important to have a relationship between our faculty and staff members, which can allow us to better understand and resolve the concerns they may have. The members of the council (myself included) should do everything in our power to ensure that our colleagues feel welcomed when bringing issues to our attention and strengthening the relationship with one another would greatly help in ensuring we all feel comfortable.
In my opinion, communication is also important in the success of this council. We should do our best to welcome open communication within the Wentworth community in regard to the school’s agenda (e.g. monthly events, activities, emails). Gathering feedback on these plans and events should also be one of our top priorities. Communication should not be a one-way channel; it should be something that both the members of the council and the WIT community can utilize to clearly express their thoughts and concerns.