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April 2020 Check-in  

Happy April BSFO Family,

As we celebrate the Earth this week from the shelter of our homes, we reflect on the amazing and selfless actions of our community to provide safety, food, resources, and encouragement to others, and acknowledge that this work must continue as we navigate the season. We are excited to announce a BSFO virtual check-in this upcoming Friday, May 1, and hope to be able to connect with some of you then! Please find more information on upcoming BSFO events, BSFO Elections, and resources from our campus and community.

In Solidarity,
BSFO Executive Board
Virtual BSFO Break on Zoom!
Friday, May 1, 2020

(Zoom link and password will be sent upon RSVP)
We are excited to hang out with you all soon. This will be a "happy hour" style chat to check-in and share updates, so please feel free be relaxed and bring a fun beverage to fellowship with the group. We hope to make this a monthly affair, and this meeting will feature a welcome and brief Q&A from Eugene Whitlock, AVC, Human Resources/Chief People & Culture Officer.

Please RSVP here for the link to the meeting, as we want to build a secure and safe space for members.
We look forward to seeing you on Zoom soon!
BSFO 2020 Elections!

BSFO 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! Be on the lookout for more information about positions, nominations, and elections, and feel free to email us if you have questions in the meantime.

Berkeley Campus Events & Resources

Berkeley Conversations 4/21-27

Following is the remaining schedule for upcoming  “Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19,” a series of live, online events featuring faculty experts from across the UC Berkeley campus who are sharing what they know, and what they are learning about the pandemic. New events are being added regularly. If you miss the live presentations; everything is being recorded and made available for viewing at any time on the Berkeley Conversations website.

Friday, April 24, 12-1 p.m. (Pacific)
Straight Talk: A Conversation about Racism, Health Inequities, and COVID-19
hosted by the Othering & Belonging Institute

Monday, April 27, 12-1 p.m. (Pacific)
Climate Change and COVID-19: Can this crisis shift the paradigm?

Find a copy of the campus message with additional details here.
Upcoming Events with the Othering & Belonging Institute

Find more information here.
On Tuesday, April 21, our colleagues in the Public Service Center, and special guest Deepa Iyer from the Center for Social Inclusion, presented a phenomenal presentation entitled: Social Change Roles in Times of Crisis.

This link includes all of the resources, the slide deck, and a transcript of our chat. Feel free to share with your colleagues and communities!

UCOP BSFO Features: April 2020

UCOP BSFO Black History Month: Executive Leadership Panel
BSFO’s COVID-19 “We Need to Talk” Webinar

Wednesday, April 29
Via Zoom

Join Zoom
Meeting ID: 930 6751 7671     Password: 257896
Dial In: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)   
One tap mobile:  +16699006833,,93067517671# US (San Jose)

Presenter -  Kimi Watts-Tartt, Director Alameda County Public Health Dept. will discuss COVID-19 impacts within Alameda County’s African American community, and other vulnerable “essential” ethnic populations.

Berkeley Community Resources

Join The Well for the following remaining Wednesday meditation spaces at 11:00am PST:

April 29th

Zoom link:

Zoom ID: 634-208-312
WorkFit is Going "Strong" Online!

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

Online Appointments Available: Career Coaching

An individual, confidential meeting with a career professional can help someone who: 
  • Is finding it difficult to set goals for their career development activities. 
  • Knows about the principles and processes of career development and mobility, but is having trouble applying them personally.
  • Wants feedback about a specific job search document such as a resume or cover letter
Learn more, and sign up for a one-on-one coaching session, here.
Online Appointments Available: Employee Assistance

Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance provides no cost confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs. It is also the employee assistance program for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Schedule an Appointment: To schedule an appointment with an Employee Assistance counselor, please call (510) 643-7754 or email
All Employee Assistance appointments will be conducted telephonically. Learn more here.
UC Berkeley Jobs: Openings

Find all open jobs 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


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