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July 2020 Newsletter

BSFO honors the profound legacy of Rev. C.T. Vivian and U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Their passing is a tremendous loss for this nation, where the legacy of these two men stands so tall that it is impossible to overlook. May their legacy live on as we continue to make noise and "get in good trouble, necessary trouble" towards justice.
 @ Home Presents...
John Lewis:
Good Trouble
Dawn Porter, United States, 2020
All rentals from this site benefit BAMPFA. Also on this site, watch a live conversation (playback) and Q&A with director Dawn Porter and San Francisco Chronicle East Bay columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr., whose reporting focuses on race, housing, policing, and immigration. 
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Berkeley Campus - UCPD & Police Reform Inquiry- Community Input Needed by August 7

From Justin Ross, Legal Assistant at Berkeley Law, and member of SCAR working group on UCPD/Policing

Dear BSFO Members:

I'm Justin, a Legal Assistant at Berkeley Law, and am part of the law school Staff Circle on Anti-Racism (SCAR). We're reaching out to you because of BSFO's work on addressing racial and social justice issues here at the law school, UC Berkeley, the UC system, and beyond. Specifically, a group of us from SCAR are working on a response to the recently issued report of the Chancellor’s Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety, Annual Report (2019-2020) (IAB report), by endorsing and highlighting the recommended actions and reforms in that report. We want our actions and priorities to be informed by the leadership of organizations like yours.

The Chancellor has opened a brief window for gathering community input, via this comment form, by August 7, with plans to begin implementing steps as early as the fall. On SCAR, we would like to lend our voice to support and prioritize the recommendations, and to continue in the long term to monitor progress and implementation. In both these projects for the short and long term, we would like to be in dialogue with the Black Staff & Faculty Organization - aligning our visions and sharing the burdens of keeping UC Berkeley on target in this major and long-overdue initiative.

Because the IAB report is a very dense and lengthy document, I'm sharing a spreadsheet that summarizes and analyses the report's recommendations, which may be a useful tool for gathering your input and thoughts. 

Can you please comment with your organization's thoughts/views/responses in regards to each of the recommendations listed on the spreadsheet, or in response to as many as you feel inclined to comment on? 

Thank you very much.

On behalf of the SCAR working group on UCPD/Policing,

Alexey Berlind                     Heather Canfield
Oliver Kay                           Ted Lamm
Toni Mendicino                    Nell Green Nylen
Justin Ross                          I-Wei Wang
Feel welcome to respond via the comment form, or email us at with your thoughts.
From the press release...

The exceptionally talented students offered freshman admission to the University of California, Berkeley, for the upcoming academic year have an impressive distinction — theirs is the most ethnically diverse freshman admitted class in more than 30 years.

This is based on an increase in underrepresented minority students offered admission. Specifically, and remarkably, the campus has admitted 737 African American freshmen, 200 more than it did a year ago, for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, and that is the highest number since at least the late 1980s. Among Chicanx and Latinx freshmen, the number this year jumped by more than 1,000 students to 3,379, also the highest since at least the late 1980s.

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We extend a HUGE congratulations to Olufemi “Femi” Ogundele, assistant vice chancellor and director of undergraduate admissions, and the rest of the admissions team at UC Berkeley on this phenomenal achievement!
Welcome to New Black UC & Berkeley Faculty Staff
Welcome again to new UC president, Dr. Michael V. Drake, the first Black leader in the UC system's 152-year history.

The University of California Board of Regents has appointed Michael V. Drake, M.D., as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three nationally affiliated labs, more than 280,000 students and 230,000 faculty and staff.

View a previously livestreamed conversation with President Drake on UCOP's website here or below.
We extend a warm welcome to Dr. Denzil Streete to the Graduate Division as their new Chief of Staff & Assistant Dean for Diversity, beginning July 27th.

Among his many efforts to recruit and retain minoritized students in graduate programs, Denzil initiated web-based approaches including the Bouchet Bootcamp to facilitate the graduate application process for minoritized students around the country. He also served on the Executive Committee of The Leadership Alliance, a consortium of...
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Un-naming Berkeley Halls -Submit Support and Public Comments
Abridged message from Takiyah Jackson, M.Ed, Director of African American Student Development

Our proposal to un-name Barrows Hall is officially live.  I want to thank the Black student leaders who pushed for the un-naming of Barrows Hall in the 2015 BSU Demands.  I also want to thank Melisa Charles, Assistant Director of African American Student Development who took this project on, facilitated the process, campus partnerships, and the completion of the proposal.

The time is here, and we need your support.  Please use this link to support the proposal and/or submit a public comment. You will also be able to offer support and submit feedback for proposals for Kroeber Hall and LeConte Hall.

We appreciate all of your support and partnership and hope to achieve the un-naming of all three Halls together.

Current proposals under review
On our hopes and fears in the era of Covid-19

Last week O&B hosted a second installment of the Europe-based Toward Belonging dialogue series with a vibrant discussion on what new research is revealing about the hopes and fears in this era of Covid-19. Participants in the event included Tim Dixon, Co-founder of More in Common; Míriam Juan Torres, a Senior Researcher at More in Common; john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute; and Thomas Chatterton Williams, author of Losing My Cool and Self-Portrait in Black and White.
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Featured Berkeley Jobs
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Division of Computing, Data Science and Society (CDSS) is recruiting for applicants for a Development Assistant (Fundraiser 2, Title Code 7546U, Job Posting # 9088)

 Division of Computing, Data Science and Society (CDSS) is recruiting for internal applicants for an HR analyst (HR Generalist 3, Title Code 5795U, Job Posting # 8686). Please note that because this is an internal recruitment, accessing the application portal is slightly different. Please follow this link to access the posting.

Additional Featured Jobs
HR Generalist 3 (Internal Applicants Only)
Research Administrator 3
Director of DevOps and Learning Spaces
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Controller
New paid family leave benefit approved for UC faculty and staff

UC's Council of Chancellors has unanimously approved a recommendation for a new paid family leave benefit for UC employees, effective July 1, 2021. This recommendation, supported by President Napolitano and Systemwide Human Resources, provides eight weeks of leave at 70% of wages for UC faculty and staff who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

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Path To Care Center presents...
THRIVE: Summer Wellness Program for UC Berkeley Staff & Faculty

The program will consist of 6 virtual workshops between June 22nd - August 17th on Mondays from 12pm-1pm PST. 

These workshops will be led by community healers and will cover various wellness practices from art therapy to sound healing to restorative yoga. Learn more >>
Do YOU have an article, note, affirmation, etc. that wish to share with BSFO members? Please email us!
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


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