The University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) is the Voice for Penn State Staff. USAC was appointed in January 1995 by the Associate Vice President for Human Resources to act in an advisory capacity to the Central Administration.

Mission, Vision, Values

Our mission is to represent the interests and issues impacting Penn State Staff.


The University Staff Advisory Council facilitates open and equitable deliberations over the policies, procedures, and programming that impact Penn State Staff.


Within all of our Council deliberations, we emphasize equity, trust, and integrity in support of the overarching values set forth by the Penn State Mission.

  • Equity in exploring issues, policies, and practices that impact or are impacted by staff.

  • Trust in open communications during Council meetings and in encouraging input from the University community.

  • Integrity in always keeping the issues impacting staff at the forefront of our discussions and recommendations.

USAC believes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are the driving force behind all innovation and discovery because we value the opinion, abilities, and background of all staff at the university. Our pledge is to develop and foster a diverse culture where equity is cultivated, and inclusiveness is instinctive. We are committed to an inclusive environment where staff feel empowered to be their authentic whole selves. We strive to educate, increase access, and broaden opportunities for all identity groups. Further, we commit to efforts that build respect and self-worth, advocate caring, and celebrate the diversity within our university

What We Do

  • Acts in advisory capacity to the central administration

  • Explores issues, policies, and practices that impact staff

  • Recommends revisions to policies

  • Suggests new policy initiatives

  • Serves to advocate for staff welfare and development

  • Liaisons with college and campus Staff Advisory Councils

Learn more about USAC in our Annual Reports here.


Beyond internal meetings and subcommittees, the University Staff Advisory Council represents Penn State staff in a variety of ways. Some recent examples of USAC involvement:

  • USAC Summit (2023)

  • Budget Working Group (2023)

  • Executive Vice President & Provost Search Committee (2023)

  • General Counsel Search Committee (2023)

  • Optimized Service Teams Representation (2023)

  • Health Care Advisory Council (2023)

  • AD102 Consensual Relationship Policy Committee (2020)

  • Big Ten Collaboration on Staff Advocacy (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

  • BoT Committee on Academic Affairs (2020, 2021, 2022)

  • BoT Committee on Outreach, Development, Comm Relations (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

  • CHRO / VP of HR Search Committee (2022)

  • Employee Training Advisory Committee (2020)

  • Flexible Work Arrangements Change Resource Group (2022)

  • Greek Life Advisory Committee (2019, 2020)

  • Joint Committee on Insurance & Benefits (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

  • Organizational Excellence Steering Committee (2020, 2021, 2022)

  • Remote Work Task Force (2021)

  • SIMBA Change Management Committee (2019, 2020)

  • University Police and Public Safety Advisory Council (2021, 2022)

  • USAC Summit (2021, 2022)

  • VP of Finance & Business Search Committee (2019, 2020)


See the rules and procedures (PDF) that govern the University Staff Advisory Council.