I consider it a privilege to serve as a member of the SUNY at Buffalo system of shared governance, the University Senate. The Senate serves as a strong voice to maintain values such as academic freedom, gender equality and environmental awareness. The premise of shared governance is that it instils in its members a sense of ownership, responsibility and accountability. As a part of the Senate, it gives me a wonderful opportunity to participate in the stewardship of the university at a locale where the faculty and administration intersect. I am grateful to be able to contribute to the smooth working of the University machinery, making it a haven for expediting learning, facilitating creativity and increasing global awareness in a safe and healthy environment.