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February News Blitz
The next BSFO meeting will be on March 18 in Stiles Hall. We look to see you then!
3rd Annual Black Joy Parade
Sunday, Feb 23
Starting at 12:30PM
Oakland, CA (find parade route and map here)

Berkeley's Black community will be marching in a large group as the "Black Community at UC Berkeley" and will meet at 11:30am on 14th and Alice Street.  The parade sill start moving at 12:30pm.

We want to get a count of how many people we will have in our group; please fill out the link below if you (and any family/friends etc.) plan to walk in the Black Joy Parade with us. 
Black Joy Parade RSVP
2020 UCBAC Webinar Series Featuring Mia Settles-Tidwell
What Does It Take to be a Chief of Staff?

Monday, February 24, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Registration Required)

Have you ever watched an episode of the TV show Scandal, starring actress Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope? If you are interested in learning about the real-life challenges — personal, professional and political — of a woman of color serving as chief of staff at a historically white institution, this webinar is for you.

Berkeley's Mia Settles-Tidwell will share about what the position typically entails — the opportunities for advancement, change management for collective impact, and tips for navigating the ups and downs of a dynamic work environment. This is a special opportunity for an insider's view into a demanding and rewarding institutional position.


Mia Settles-TidwellMia Settles-Tidwell

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff
Division of Equity and Inclusion, UC Berkeley

Register by February 23
Latest newsletter from the Othering & Belonging Institute can be found here.
A preview of March...
Kazu Haga, Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm
My Life and Training in the Nonviolent Legacy of Dr. King
March 6, 3:00
Multicultural Community Center
Martin Luther King Jr., Student Union

Born into a prominent family in Japan, after moving to the US as a child, Kazu Haga went from a life of privilege, to bouts of despair and homelessness in New Hampshire. Searching for belonging and purpose, at 17 he dropped out of school to join a group of Buddhist nuns and monks, Quakers, African American activists, and others in walking from Massachusetts to New Orleans to commemorate and learn about the Middle Passage. That experience inspired his lifelong passion to work for social justice and transformative social change.

After spending a year in a monastery in Nepal, Kazu returned to the US and found himself in leadership roles in movements such as the Prison Book Project, Occupy Oakland, the Oscar Grant inspired organization, Coalition Against Police Executions, and The Gathering, An international convening of youth activists from around the world inspired by Harry Belafonte. Under the guidance of his mentor, Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC) co-founder Bernard Lafayette, Kazu has also emerged as a nationally recognized trainer and thought leader on nonviolent social movement principles and practices.

Ten years ago Kazu founded the East Point Peace Academy in Oakland, an organization dedicated to bringing about a culture of peace through training, education and the practice of nonviolence and conflict reconciliation grounded in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  East Point’s longest running program works inside California’s prisons and county jail systems to train incarcerated persons to become nonviolence trainers. Currently East Point is embarking on an ambitious plan to create a nation-wide, direct action network working at the intersection of climate resilience and racial justice.
Please join us!

Sandra Bass, Ph.D
Associate Dean of Students and Director
UC Berkeley, Public Service Center
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