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February 2020 Newsletter 

We are so proud of all of the Black celebrations and events being hosted by members of the UC Berkeley community, and have sought to include as many items as we could; please feel free to email us if you have additional events to share!

BSFO Member Features: 
Takiyah Franklin & Aisha Hamilton

Staffer Takiyah Franklin on striving to live a liberated life, leading with love
"It’s February, and it’s Black History Month. But I recognize black history every day. Black history is American history. And until we really start to understand that, I don’t know how much progress we’re going to make.

We all have a choice.

The choice that I have made is to hold a vibration of love, and it’s a choice that offers endless learning opportunities." Read More>>

Congrats to our BSFO Chair!

Opinion: It has been 400 years since American slavery began. But how far have we actually come?
-Aisha Hamilton, February 1, 2020

A. Hamilton"It was during my freshman year of college, May of 1992, when the Los Angeles riots erupted. Fires blazed, and stores were looted and damaged as police tried to regain order in the fragmented community. News stations televised vivid images of the city unraveling in the aftermath of the savage public beating of Rodney King, an unarmed black man. The scene was like watching a modern-day lynching caught on film and pushed out through the media for millions of people to see..."

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Berkeley Library Selects 40 films to highlight the perseverance of Africans from 1619 to the present day. 

We encourage you to view these films on kanopy.
Zoom Recording: Click here.

UCOP BSFO Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Yvette Gullatt, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, UC Office of the President; February 11, 2020


The 400th Commemoration Events Continue

Learn more about these, and other "400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice" events, here.
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Featured Events: African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies

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Upcoming Cal and Community Events

A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring Damien Sneed- February 20
more information

First Look: The Children Are Our Future In HBO's We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest


Directed and produced by Emmy-winner Amy Schatz (In the Shadow of the Towers, Song of Parkland) and executive produced by Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali (True Detective), We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest is an uplifting documentary about young people finding their voices and the community that celebrates and supports their passion.

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Berkeley MCC Black Joy Exhibition February 12, 2020

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

691 Barrows Hall

In conversation with Dr. Savannah Shange (Assistant Professor in Anthropology at University of California, Santa Cruz), the Black/Girlhood Imaginary working group will have an open discussion related to Black feminisms, methodologies, and Black girlhood. Learn more>>

Berkeley News

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The Bancroft Library Oral History Center: African American Faculty and Senior Staff

In 2002, The Bancroft Library’s Oral History Center (then the Regional Oral History Office) began interviewing African American faculty who had come to Berkeley before the late 1970s as part of the African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project. 

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Professional & Campus Resources

Talent Management Exchange coming up on February 27th.

The Talent Management Exchange (formerly known as the Recruiters Corners) is a newly branded event that provides a unique opportunity to receive 1-1 tactical feedback on how to advance your career within UC Berkeley. You will have 25 minutes to discuss one of the following options with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team:
  • Option 1 - Resume writing and tips on how to showcase your transferable skills (you will need to bring 1 copy of your resume to the appointment)
  • Option 2 - Tips and best practices on preparing and shining during the interview process
  • Option 3 - An in-depth consultation with succeeding in your job search on campus and being qualified for your next opportunity.
Book your appointment through

Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee Application Now Available

Next information session: Monday, February 10, 12-1PMChancellor's Conference Room

The CSAC membership application is available on the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee membership webpage, and should be submitted by Thursday, March 20, 2020.

Spotlight: Cal Coaching Network

Mission & Purpose
  1. To bring together managers and staff who have an interest in developing their coaching skills to support one another.
  2. To have informational sessions of various areas of coaching.
  3. To provide a safe skills practice opportunity.
    Learn more here.

Cal Alumni Association Celebrates
Black History Month

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In Memoriam

The BSFO Executive Board would like to honor the following BSFO members whom we have lost in recent months:

Keith Stevenson, Student Affairs
Tiffany McCauley, Student Affairs

We honor the friendship and contributions these members provided to the BSFO community and greater campus, and mourn with the families and those close to them.

As many members may be impacted by this news, we encourage you to view Grief & Loss information from University Health Services for tools and resources on coping with the loss of a coworker. Employees can also meet with Employee Assistance counselors to discuss and check in with a counselor to process grief. The annual campus memorial will be held in September 2020.

If there are other names that you feel we should include on this list (currently employed Berkeley Black faculty/academics or staff who have died between Sept 2019- Sept 2020), please email us with additional information.

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