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We are tired.

BSFO Family,

We stand with you in the outrage, anger, pain, and sheer exhaustion of seeing yet more innocent Black men and women murdered at the hands of police, and another Black man's life being threatened by the lies of a racist white woman in a park. We must continue to acknowledge that we are operating in the realities of the history of terrorism toward Black people in this country. We must also acknowledge and affirm that:
  • The death and suffering of the Black communities due to the pandemic is real
  • The exploitation of Black life through police lynchings is real  
  • The lack of access to resources for Black communities is real 
  • Voter suppression and the corporate capture of our democratic processes is real
We who believe in social justice do our best to find ways to respond and protect the most vulnerable, even in face of insurmountable odds. This legacy of activism and social justice is from which organizations like BSFO, and CESO, are built on. 

SAY THEIR NAMES. GEORGE FLOYD. BREONNA TAYLOR. AHMAUD ARBERY.

In Solidarity,
BSFO Executive Board
  
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The National Audubon Society issued the following statement in response to the incident in Central Park’s Ramble that went viral on Twitter:

“Black Americans often face terrible daily dangers in outdoor spaces, where they are subjected to unwarranted suspicion, confrontation, and violence,” said Audubon SVP for State Programs Rebeccah Sanders, who is white. “The outdoors – and the joy of birds – should be safe and welcoming for all people. That’s the reality Audubon and our partners are working hard to achieve. We unequivocally condemn racist sentiments, behavior, and systems that undermine the humanity, rights, and freedom of Black people. We are grateful Christian Cooper is safe. He takes great delight in sharing New York City’s birds with others and serves as a board member of the New York City Audubon Society, where he promotes conservation of New York City’s outdoor spaces and inclusion of all people.” Read more here >>

Resources from fellow BSFO Members 

NY Opinion:  Amy Cooper Represents the Racism I Haven't Missed During Quarantine
The video of a white woman threatening a black man in Central Park illustrates exactly why I’m so relieved to be spending more time inside. Read more >>

The Atlantic: The Bad-Apple Myth of Policing
Violence perpetrated by cops doesn’t simply boil down to individual bad actors—it’s also a systemic, judicial failing. Read more >>

Podcast: Radical Imagination with Angela Glover Blackwell, Ep. 2 Police Abolition
Host Angela Glover Blackwell in conversation with Jessica Disu aka FM Supreme and Rachel Herzing
Read more >>
Do YOU have an article, note, affirmation, etc. that wish to share with BSFO members? Please email us!

BSFO 2020-2021 Elections Are Coming Up! Nominations Application NOW OPEN

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! Learn more and NOMINATE YOURSELF today!
BSFO 2020-2021
Officer Position Descriptions
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BSFO 2020-2021
Elections & Voting
Timeline
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Apply for a BSFO Position Here
What former BSFO leaders had to say...
"I pursued an executive leadership position within the Black Staff and Faculty Organization because I felt it was imperative to be connected to my community and be apart of the work of co-creating space for black folx to "just be." Also BSFO's mission has/continues to be in alignment with my personal values - which is to create a climate which would be conducive to the well-being and professional development aspirations of Black identified staff and students."
- Tally Ogans, Memberships Chair, 2016-2017
"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being surrounded by black brilliance at BSFO meetings and events so much that I wanted to take part in the planning. Little did I know that there was so much more work than I imagined happening behind the scenes advocating for black folks on this campus and meeting other staff of color through our CESO partnerships. It was an enriching experience that made me feel more closely connected to the Black Cal experience and deepened my own understanding of navigating a PWI as a black womxn." 
- Meckell Milburn, Communications Chair, 2017-2018
"When I came to the Berkeley campus, the number of Black faculty and staff was extremely low. I would always go out of my way to say hello or introduce myself to Black professionals on campus whenever someone crossed my path. When I found out about BSFO, I was excited and intrigued. Knowing that we had our own community of professionals who advocated and created space for Black life on campus was important. I was invited to join the BSFO Executive Council to help guide the organization, provide direction for the leadership, and continue to make UC better for all Black Staff. It was an honor and a privilege to work with so many well rounded, and committed staff members who helped me grow personally and professionally throughout the process. BSFO has helped me make many of the connections that provided me with a platform to leverage my networks for career advancement. For that, I am grateful".
- Marco Lindsay, former Steering COmmittee member
The Next Virtual BSFO Break will be on Friday, June 5, 2020
More details to follow.

Job-Seeking in the Times of Covid-19
A conversation with Demographers of Color 
Friday, 12 June 2020
6-7:30pmEST
 
This virtual panel discussion features four PhD demographers of color who have worked in and outside academia. Panelists will share about their career and life experiences. Join us for a sincere discussion of pivots, resilience, and hope. We are organizing this panel in response to feedback gathered at the 1st ever member-organized Demographers of Color & Allies Reception in April.
 
Panelists:
 
Gniesha Y. Dinwiddie (Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from University of Pennsylvania, Masters in African American Studies and Sociology from UCLA, B.A in Social Science from UC Irvine) is a Health Scientist at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is “the leading Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system.” Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr Dinwiddie was a Scientific Review Officer at the National Institutes of Health, Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park.
 
Mao-Mei Liu (Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Masters in Education and Political and Social Sciences from UPF, B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Molecular Biochemistry from Yale) is Research Faculty in the Department of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. Before UC Berkeley, Dr. Liu was NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Population Studies and Training Center. Before and during graduate school, Dr Liu worked as a community organizer for the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition in Dorchester and SEIU in Oakland, K-12 teacher in Barcelona and translator/interpreter in the Barcelona area. 
 
Eddie Telles (Ph.D. in Sociology from UT Austin, Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA, B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford) is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara. Before UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Telles was Professor of Sociology at Princeton and UCLA. Before joining academia, he worked as ESL instructor, community organizer, research director of Californios for Fair Representation and grants management specialist
 
Monique B. Williams (Ph.D. and M. A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in Urban Studies from Vanderbilt) is an Independent Consultant. Her company is called MBW Statistical Consulting. She advises C-suite executives and senior leaders of large-scale, federally-funded operations on data governance and providing services to customers. Before owning her own company full-time, Dr Williams worked as a Statistician for the U.S. Census, a Program Officer for the National Academies, and a Senior Statistician for the U. S. Government Accountability Office.

Moderator: Associate Director of the University of Colorado Population Center and Professor at the Population Program and the Geography Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder Fernando Riosmena (Ph.D. in Demography from University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Demography from University of Pennsylvania, Licensiado en Mercadotecnia from ITESM Guadalajara). Before Boulder, Dr Riosmena was Research Associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Demography and Ecology.

Register here. A confirmation email with meeting info will be sent post-registration.
 
This event is hosted by the Demographers of Color & Allies organizing committee (organizers include Asad L. AsadChristina CrossRené D. Flores, Vicki Fung, Gabriela Sanchez-Soto, Gniesha DinwiddieNadia Flores, Yana Kucheva, Mao-Mei Liu, Glenn Loury, Cecilia Menjívar, Emilio ParradoJuan PedrozaNdola PrataFernando RiosmenaEddie TellesMonique Williams)
 
Please Save-The-Date for the last two DOC Job-seeking in Times of Covid-19 Conversations this summer 2020Higher Ed on Friday July 10th 6-7:30pmEST and Real World/beyond Higher-Ed Friday August 14th 6-7:30pmEST
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(photo of Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC))
BSFO is part of the Coalition of Ethnic Staff Organizations (CESO). CESO is made up of leadership from staff organizations that support underrepresented ethnic identities on campus and also includes the groups,   Alianza, APASA, and NASCLearn more about Berkeley's many staff organizations by visiting  https://stafforg.berkeley.edu/.
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