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Staff Council had a chance to sit down with elected members Keesha Ceran (Housing and Dining) and Liam Toohey (Library) to ask them a few questions about backgrounds interests. Read more to see what we discovered!

Interview with Staff Council Liaison, Keesha Ceran

Keesha Ceran

What do you do now and what did you do before coming to AU?

I am the Assistant Director of Administration and One Card Programs within Housing & Dining Programs. Before transitioning to AU as a #ProfessionalEagle, I was a student at American University. I am a double alum of the School of Public Affairs, BA’10/MA’12.

How did you get into this area of work and what do you like about it?

I entered this area of work, student affairs, having worked for the Office of Campus Life as an orientation leader and a resident assistant. It is through this lens that I learned that I love supporting and advocating for college students.

Where are you from? What did you study in University?

I joke that I am from all over. I was born and raised in Athens, Ohio; spent my adolescence in the beautiful Bay Area California and have called the DMV home for the last 8 years. In school I studied Political Science, so what better city to live near and work in than Washington, DC?!

What is one place you'd love to go, which you haven't visited yet?

Greece, the more and more I see those blindingly white buildings, the more I desire to travel there.

What has your experience been on Staff Council, and what is your favorite memory ?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous 2 years that I have served as a Staff Council Liaison, it has been a new enlightening experience, being exposed to the various parts of campus and seeing how other departments function through the lens of the members that I get to serve with. My most favorite memory by far, is the Inaugural Personnel Conference, held June 2016. Co-chairing that experience was AMAZING and I am so excited that we created a staple for Staff Council and AU!

What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?

In this new year and serving as Co-Chair, I hope to continue to bring the voices of the community we represent to the forefront of our practices. We have a great opportunity to continue to enhance the campus experience for all.

Interview with Staff Council Liaison, Liam Toohey

Liam Toohey

What do you do now and what did you do before coming to AU?

I'm a Circulation Services Specialist at Bender Library. Before this, I worked at a local, used bookstore.

How did you get into this area of work and what do you like about it?

A friend worked at AU and he encouraged me to apply so that's how I ended up here. More broadly I've worked some form of customer facing job for most of my life, and a customer facing job involving books for the last decade. It sounds like a cliché but I really do love people and reading so it's a great fit for me.

Where are you from? What did you study in University?

I grew up in Baltimore and have lived in the District since 2003. I finished my Bachelor's degree in Political Science here at AU and I'm now working on a Masters of Public Policy.

What is one place you'd love to go, which you haven't visited yet?

Deeper than 15 feet under surface of the ocean. I'd be fine with Scuba diving or in a submarine although Scuba seems more likely.

If you could be one fictional character, which one would you be and why?

Lumière from Beauty and Beast, but while he's still a candlestick. He's like a singing, dancing, French Johnny Storm.

What has your experience been on Staff Council, and what is your favorite memory?

This is my first term on staff council so I don't have a lot of memories yet. Getting to meet the other representatives has been fun. It's great to be around positive, convivial people who want to have a positive impact on AU.

What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?

I really like working at American, and I hope I can help bring some of that same enjoyment to my colleagues around campus. Workplace culture and work-life balance are among the top reasons employees love or leave jobs, and I think those are two areas where the Staff Council can make a real difference.