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August 2020 Newsletter

Special Thank You to Lasana Hotep! BSFO Community Meeting Evaluation + BSFO Core Values and Principles
We extend a special THANK YOU to Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, Lasana Hotep, for addressing Berkeley staff and faculty at our virtual community meeting this past Tuesday, August 11. We also extend gratitude to YOU for your attendance; we had 165 registrants and 118+ attendees, which is an AMAZING attrition rate! Being "in community" as Black staff matters, and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you as BSFO leadership.

For those who were unable to attend, we are navigating sharing options that are in compliance with ADA accommodations; feel free to email us in the meantime with questions.
Complete our BSFO Post Event Evaluation Form
Please complete our for below to evaluate the following meeting: State of Black Staff & Faculty Affairs Community Meeting, August 11, 2020. The intention of this evaluation form to is to find out what worked, where there were challenges, and what can be improved in the following areas:

-Tech setup & logistics
-Meeting structure & content
-Sense of community & belonging
-Ability for attendees to be present/authentic in space

Please feel free to be as open and transparent as desired, and email us at if you have any items for follow up. We will be happy to receive your feedback.
Please submit your evaluation by Monday, August 24.
BSFO Post Event Evaluation
If you were NOT able to attend this event, and want to provide feedback/thoughts, please do so below.
BSFO Non-Attendee Meeting Feedback
BSFO Core Values and Principles

At our last meeting, the BSFO Executive Team answered a call to hold space for honest and diverse conversations on the state of Black affairs at Berkeley.  We recognize that while virtual platforms, like Zoom, provide significant access for people to be "present" without physical challenges like location, the platform also has limitations on collaborative communication, such as being able to "feel" the energy in the room.  

We appreciate individual vocalizations from our members, and we want to underscore that BSFO affirms the identities of all Black-identified members of our community. We, as the Black Staff and Faculty Organization, are a space that respects all members with regards to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, and/or service in the uniformed services. BSFO's mission is to create a climate which is conducive to the well-being and professional development aspirations of Black staff, faculty and students, and we support a community of members that partner in this mission with their other intersections and identities.

Find more information about BSFO, including our mission, policy on non-discrimination, and Berkeley's principles of community (which we follow), below.
Black Staff & Faculty Organization Mission 
UC Berkeley Principles of Community - Diversity
Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy-Academic and Staff 
People & Culture:
Counter Potential Unconscious Bias
Berkeley Campus Conversations Presents...
150W Special Edition: Berkeley's Staff Heroines
Tuesday, August 18, 12-1pm

featuring Black female leaders, Mia Settles-Tidwell & Charmin Smith
This conversation aims to raise awareness and educate the Berkeley community about women’s contributions and to thank female staff. We are expecting a wide-ranging and honest discussion which celebrates staff, highlights historical firsts, and also makes clear the existing challenges that remain. 

BSFO congratulates and is thrilled that this panel features two phenomenal Black women who we regard dearly:
   Head Women’s Basketball Coach,  
   Charmin Smith

  Assistant Vice Chancellor, Division of Equity & Inclusion,
  Mia Settles-Tidwell

You can access the live event by visiting the Campus Conversations website at noon on August 18. For additional information on the continued celebration of 150 Years of Women at Berkeley, please visit the 150 Years of Women at Berkeley website.

...Did you know 150W made a BLM logo? Neither did we! Download logos here.
REVIEW: Zoom Hosting Best Practices and ADA Tips for student services staff
On August 14, Advancing Practice  hosted this VERY resourceful session on Zoom hosting best practices and ADA tips/requirements. We have provided a copy of the session recording and resource list here, and encourage all staff to review and share with their networks.
Sac Observer: UC’s Black Leaders Call On System To Make Changes

"Over the past few months, White America has offered up a plethora of statements denouncing bias and other bad behavior along with promises to stand with those demanding change.

African Americans within the UC system want to see that fervor go beyond the surface, beyond the moment, and have issued a call to action letter, imploring its Board of Regents to address pervasive racism..." Read on >>

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Welcome! We look forward to meeting you soon, and if you are interested in viewing some of our archived newsletters and messages, click below.
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May 2020 (2)May 2020 (1) April 2020 | March 2020 | February 2020 (3)February 2020 (2)February 2020 (1) | January 2020
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

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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