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2020-21 Staff Connections Committee

The Staff Connections Committee believes in creating a stronger Lawrence community where staff is an integral part of the learning process. We believe staff should have the opportunity to create and develop personal and professional connections across faculty and staff, to voice opinions about their community, and to work with administration in order to foster understanding of the needs of staff. The Committee serves as a liaison to President Burstein and the additional senior leadership of the university. 

It is our pleasure to introduce the Staff Connections Committee co-chairs for the 2020-21 academic year: Blia Vang and Ashton Vicente.

Blia Vang joined the Human Resources team in 2018. Over the years, she has supported her department in many areas, such as internal processing of benefit programs, managing the Human Resources webpage, and assisting with projects and events. In her new role as Human Resources Manager, she looks forward to supporting other departments and being a resource to all. 

“I am excited to serve as one of the co-chairs for this committee. My goal for this year is to create new ways of staying connected as a community as we move through this interesting time together. I look forward to working and hearing from all committee members as we continue to create a stronger Lawrence community for all.”  
Contact: 920-832-6543,

Ashton Vicente is going into her third year at Lawrence as the program and marketing assistant of the Community Music School. She assists each of the Community Music School’s programs in various administrative tasks and manages the Community Music School website and social media pages. She also oversees print jobs and marketing projects, sends all Community Music School email messages, and serves as the manager of the Allegretto Girl Choir. 

“My goal for this year is to work toward an even more tightly-knit Lawrence community that celebrates the diversity, strengths, and accomplishments (both big and small) of each individual staff member. I want to foster an environment in which all staff feel a strong sense of belonging as well as empowered and heard. I look forward to working with my other Staff Connections Committee members as well as all staff this upcoming year and welcome you to reach out to me as a resource at any time.”
Contact: 920-832-6632,”

If you are interested in joining the Staff Connections committee, you can volunteer on the Staff Connections webpage:
Please note that this committee is a two-year commitment.

Please feel free to reach out to Blia or Ashton with any questions or suggestions. Future information on staff events and resources will be posted on the Staff Connections page, the LU Insider, and the staff Facebook page.

We look forward to working together this year!