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Happy Juneteenth!

Dear BSFO Family,

We are all still reeling from the senseless murders of folks in our community, including the recent death of Rayshard Brooks, and we are here with you to reflect, release, and restore energies in this season. We also want to acknowledge and celebrate Juneteenth together, and share information and event announcements from campus and around the Bay Area. This is FAR from the end of our call for campus to do more to support Black staff, faculty, and students, and we will continue to press on!

In solidarity,
BSFO Executive Board
Also, we hear you.

The BSFO Executive Board hears you on wanting to meet and hold space as members to address this season of tremendous acts of hatred, injustice, and terrorism towards the Black community. We are building plans for a time to gather in a way that supports and protects folx, and will be in touch soon with our plans.

In strength,
BSFO Executive Board
Juneteenth is tomorrow, Friday, June 19, 2020. Take time away from work to reflect.

Please read this campus message sent yesterday from People & Culture AVC, Eugene Whitlock, that approves staff taking time away from work to reflect and commemorate the day as a "professional development" day. We strongly encourage you to take the ENTIRE day, if possible, to be away and truly sit in reflection without work responsibilities in the background. Find more details below and visit UC Berkeley’s Juneteenth Website to read, reflect, and engage in activities to honor this day.

"If you choose to engage in these professional development or similar activities on Juneteenth and take time away from work, please notify your supervisor as soon as possible to make sure that activities essential to campus operations are addressed. You should record the professional development time as “regular” work time. For those who prefer not to participate in this development opportunity, you can perform your duties as usual..." Read on >>
National Geographic: Why Juneteenth is a Celebration of Hope

We encourage you to read a phenomenal article in the National Geographic on the history of Juneteenth as a celebration of hope. This article was written by Rachel Jones, who is also the sister of BSFO Past Chair, Rebecca Ulrich!
PDF version here.
WATCH: The Berkeley at Home Variety Show, featuring words from Eugene Whitlock, Denise Herd, Marco Lindsey, Professor Frank Worrell, and john a. powell.
Note: We highly encourage you to watch the segment in the video of Professor Frank Worrell reciting his poem, "I am Black," and share with your family and community (7:28 mark).
UCOP BSFO is celebrating Juneteenth with two virtual parties this Friday from 5-6pm!

BSFO Happy Hour with DJ DreTex20 aka Andre Cleveland 
(requests & dedications accepted)

Join Zoom
Meeting ID: 993 8002 8018
Password: 578909
BSFO Happy Hour Social (stop by and catch up with your colleagues)
Join Zoom
Meeting ID: 934 7980 2561
Password: 630422
All you gotta do is:
1.      Grab your favorite beverage
2.    Put on your dancing shoes
3.    Turn on your video)
4.    Tag @bsfo_ucop in any dance party photos/videos on Instagram
Visit to learn more about other weekend celebrations (in-person and online) in your area.
Celebrate Juneteenth, the Summer Solstice, and the People of People’s Park!

Remote Live Music from Skip The Needle, Two Lazy Boys, and more.
Berkeley Career Advancement
Congratulations to BSFO executive board member, Ashlee Baylis, who advanced to the role of Divisional Program Associate, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
College of Letters & Science, in Summer 2020!
Additional Wins for the Black/ BIPOC Community
UC Board of Regents unanimously endorses ACA 5, repeal of Prop. 209
University of California sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA program
Additional articles
presented by Modern Health
Healing Circles for Black Communities
View calendar and RSVP here.

Healing Circles are intimate spaces that uplift and support Black communities as they experience racial trauma.

Facilitated in partnership with The Black Girl Doctor by:
Taisha Caldwell-Harvey, PhD.
Shelly-Ann Collins Rawle, PhD
Jacquelyn Johnson, PsyD
Dominique Broussard, PhD
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


(photo of Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC))
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