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December 2020 News Blitz

Sponsored Tuition for Eligible Staff: Clarification
Berkeley Sponsored Tuition Program for Eligible Staff STILL Available: Get your approvals and registration finalized by Dec 31, 2020.
from BSFO partner, Shirley Giraldo, Ed.M., Employee Engagement Consultant, Berkeley People and Culture

In light of the Sponsored Tuition Program ending on Dec 31, 2020 (find campus announcement here), we have received a lot of questions. To clarify, as long as you register and finalize all of your registration paperwork before the close of the program on December, 31, 2020, your tuition will be covered by the program before it ends. The actual start date of the course has no impact.

This means that you can still take advantage of sponsored tuition for courses that start in Spring 2021, Summer 2021... as long as registration and approvals are finalized by December 31, 2020.

Many of our BSFO members have pursued certifications, courses for graduate school, and courses for general interest and professional development through the Sponsored Tuition Program and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity before it closes! Learn more >>
BSFO Holiday Connect- See you tomorrow!
BSFO Holiday Zoom Connect
Thursday, Dec 17
Zoom- Register Here

If you have ever attended one of our fun holiday mixers in previous years, you will know it to be a time of mingling and connecting over food and drinks. While the food and drinks are more BYO (bring your own) this year, we aim to keep the same casual and light energy and allow for genuine connection. Feel free to pop-in at any time!

If you know of any NEW Black staff or faculty on campus who may not know about BSFO, please invite them so we can say hello!

Register Today
Black Wellness
from BSFO colleague and partner, Takiyah Jackson, M.Ed, Director, African American Student Development Office

Cal Black Community, join AASD and The Well for a virtual yoga session with Minkah TODAY, December 16th at 5:00pm

Zoom Link:
Holiday Shopping with BSFO
Holiday shopping — and giving — just got easier with UC Berkeley's 2020 gift guide: BSFO Picks
Our picks below feature some of our Black staff and faculty on campus, including some who are members of BSFO!
Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica (2020) by Jovan Scott Lewis, an assistant professor of geography and the founding director of the Berkeley Black Geographies Project

Edward Said and Education (Routledge Key Ideas in Education) (2020) by Zeus Leonardo, a professor in the Graduate School of Education

Trumpism and its Discontents (2020) edited by Osagie K. Obasogie, a professor of bioethics; essays written by an interdisciplinary group of Berkeley experts

Black Landscapes Matter (2020) by Walter Hood, a professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning and of urban design, and Grace Mitchell Tada, a graduate student researcher in the College of Environmental Design

Common Humanity Collective: A mutual aid group of UC Berkeley scientists, Bay Area activists, community leaders and conscious neighbors, the collective is making and distributing free submicron face masks and hand sanitizer to dispossessed and vulnerable people across the Bay Area.
Basic Needs for BSFO
... from our colleague and BSFO ally, Nicole McIntyre, M.A.

Unfortunately, many UC Berkeley employees experience basic needs insecurity, including a lack of consistent access to enough food. This has become more prevalent during the pandemic, and may also increase during the holiday season and winter curtailment. I am writing to share some helpful resources.

Many staff have been making great use of the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, which provides emergency food relief for all UC Berkeley students, staff, visiting scholars, postdocs, and faculty. The pantry is open until December 19th, and will reopen on January 18th. Hours available here.

The Basic Needs Center staff have also compiled this helpful list of other local resources available during the closure period. 

Finally, a friendly reminder that the "Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance" team provides no cost confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs.

Basic Needs Center COVID-19 Living Guide 
UC Berkeley Food Pantry
Basic Needs Center COVID-19 Living Guide
Food Resources in the city of Berkeley
Employee Assistance Program
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COVID-19 Resources for UCB Student Services Staff

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
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