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May 2020 Newsletter  

Happy May BSFO Family,

Congratulations! We made it through an extraordinary academic year, and we hope that you took time this weekend to celebrate. Also, we extend a special congratulations to all of the 2020 GRADUATES in your families, communities, and to our Berkeley students for their great achievements! If YOU also graduated from a program or institution during this season and would like to share with BSFO, please feel free to email us at for a special shout out.

Finally, ICYMI, check out the "Blockeley University" commencement, and President Barack Obama's commencement speech to the Class of 2020.

Please find more information on upcoming BSFO events, BSFO Elections, and resources from our campus and community below, and we look forward to connecting with you in the near future.

In Solidarity,
BSFO Executive Board

BSFO 2020-2021 Elections Are Coming Up! Submit your nomination starting May 19.

The Black Staff & Faculty Organization is seeking candidates for our 2020-2021 Executive Board. Whether you are new to the campus or a seasoned staff member, YOU are an important voice on campus and we invite you to learn more about serving on leadership with BSFO!

Being on the BSFO leadership team is an excellent professional development opportunity at Berkeley, and allows team members to have a voice with campus leadership regarding critical staff decisions.  

Especially in this season, where we find that communities of color are being marginalized at higher rates in the workplace during COVID-19, it will be even more important to have BSFO speak up for the needs and rights of Black staff and faculty across the campus. Learn more on the roles and responsibilities, and a timeline for nominations and elections, below.

BSFO 2020-2021
Officer Position Descriptions
BSFO 2020-2021
Elections & Voting
Thanks for attending our first 
Virtual BSFO Break on Zoom!

We had a GREAT time connecting with each other, and sincerely appreciate AVC, Human Resources/Chief People & Culture Officer, Eugene Whitlock, for sharing detailed information on support for staff during COVID-19 and answering questions from attendees!
The Next Virtual BSFO Break will be on Friday, June 5, 2020
More details to follow.
Update from People & Culture: No Routine Meetings on Friday Afternoons

...Beginning next Friday, May 22, 2020, routine work meetings should not be scheduled on Friday afternoons between 1 pm and 5 pm. This change was prompted by the feedback we received from you in our first Employee Morale Survey, and we committed to several action items. We do realize there will be exceptions to this practice due to emergency meetings or the operating schedules for some units, but such exceptions should be rare.

Read the full campus announcement here.

Berkeley Campus Events & Resources

COVID-19 Updates from EVCP Office


  1. UC faces 10% reduction in the state budget: Governor Newsom submitted his 2020-21 May Revision budget proposal to the Legislature. The proposal closes a budget gap of more than $54 billion brought on by the COVID-19 recession that includes a 10% reduction for the University of California. See a summary of the Governor’s budget proposal. On May 14th, UC President Napolitano issued a statement on the May Revision.

  2. Visit UCAN’s COVID-19 Call to Action page to call on congress to support the next generation with COVID-19 relief...

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COVID-19 Emergency Recovery
Organizational Structure

UC Berkeley COVID-19 Student Relief Funds Information
Student Emergency CrowdFunding Information
Black Community Listening Session-Commitments from Campus Leaders

On April 30, 2020, campus administration has shared a response letter to our early spring listening session on "Intersectional Anti-Blackness at UC Berkeley".  Their response includes what they heard members from our community share and their commitments to address the specific concerns that we shared.  Find more details below, and feel free to email your thoughts to BSFO Leadership at
Celebrating Our Students: 2020 Virtual Louise Patterson Awards!
On May 1, 2020, AASD virtually hosted their annual Louise Patterson Awards to commemorate the 2020 UC Berkeley Black graduating class and outstanding community members. View the slide deck, along with video presentations from students, here.

From AASD:
Congratulations to those who won awards and to all the Black graduating undergraduate and graduate students of 2020! We hope you will all continue to embody Louise Patterson's intellectual pursuits, courage, sacrifice, vision, and discipline as someone who spent decades working to achieve justice and liberation for all.

Warmest congratulations,
The African American Student Development Office
Racial Minorities More at Risk in the Workplace and the Economy

The latest Berkeley IGS Poll reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic is having especially large effects on the safety and economic well-being of people of color in California. Racial minorities are significantly more likely to report having jobs that place them in regular contact with others and they are more concerned that their jobs place them at risk of contracting the disease...

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UCOP BSFO Features: May 2020

BSFO COVID-19 "We need to Talk" Zoom Recordings

April 29 Presentation:

Presenter:  Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Director, Alameda County Public Health Department
Slide Deck TitleApril 29 2020_ Alameda Public Health
Zoom Recording:

May 6 Presentation:
Presenter:  Dr. Kristen Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS at UCSF Medical Center
Slide Deck TitleMay 6 2020_Dr. Bibbins Domingo COVID19 presentation
Zoom Recording:

Berkeley Community Resources

Zoom Link
WorkFit is Going "Strong" Online!

What's New? We’ve added Friday Night Dance Jam! We are happy to announce that Murch Ewings from the Group X program has graciously agreed to teach Dance Jam on Fridays from 6:00-6:45 PM.

Learn more, including how to log in, on the Workfit website here.
The Basic Needs Center, Staff Basic Needs Working Group, and Cal Dining are hosting grocery bag pick ups throughout this season at the Crossroads dining hall specifically for staff, postdocs, and visiting scholars who are in need of food. 

No need to sign up! This is open to all staff and will be an opportunity to share your needs as well as pick up food. Please stay safe and keep a 6ft distance when picking up. We will share with staff the next date of the pick ups as we receive them.

You are also welcome to sign up for the all-community weekly distributions on other parts of campus and use other Basic Needs Center resources as needed. Find more information on Berkeley Needs here, and please let us know how else we can support you through the Basic Needs Center feedback form

Professional & Campus Resources:
Ways to Build During the Season

Save the Date: Next Opportunity at Work (NOW) Staff Career Development Conference, July 30, 2020

The 2020 Next Opportunity at Work Conference: “Envision Your Future” will be held virtually on Thursday, July 30, 2020. In the virtual format, we remain committed to setting you up with career resources, skills, and inspiration that will help you to be successful today and in the future at Berkeley (and beyond). Registration for the conference will be announced via an all-staff CalMessage the first week of June. In that CalMessage, you can expect further details about the conference, including instructions for registration and program details.

Read the fullcampus announcement here.
UC Berkeley Jobs: Openings
Featured Jobs

-Assistant Vice Chancellor & Controller
-Chief Financial Officer, Haas School of Business
-Divisional Finance Leader
-Executive Director of Civil Rights & Whistleblower Compliance

Find all open jobs here
BSA Mentorship Program 2020/2021
The Berkeley Staff Assembly's (BSA) Career Development Committee is excited to introduce the 2020-2021 cycle of the BSA Mentorship Program! 

Deadline for Mentee Applications and Mentor Nominations: Monday, June 15, 2020, 5pm.

Online Information Session
May 21, 2020 from 12-1pm
Registration Link Here

Online Information Session
May 27, 2020 from 12-1pm
Registration Link Here

Read the full campus announcement here.
Join the BSA Governing Council! Call for Nominations, 2020-2023

Now Accepting Nominations through 5/20. Find more information here
Berkeley Information Security Office Best Practices for Telecommuting Securely
UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center 

Berkeley Campus COVID-19 Information Hub

COVID-19 Resources for UCB Student Services Staff


(photo of Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC))
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