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September 2020 Newsletter

Dear BSFO Family,

We are sending you great peace and energy in this season, and hope that you are taking time to rest and BREATHE. We want to update you on some of our communications goals to serve you for future messages during this remote season and share that we will be transitioning to a hybrid of directly forwarded messages, with fewer newsletters, to allow us to relay information that is important and timely for Black staff and faculty.

This may add more emails from BSFO to your inbox, and we encourage you to create a "BSFO folder" to your inbox and filter our messages to that folder, or consider changing your Google Groups email "subscription" for BSFO to a different frequency (illustrated below) that supports your needs.
We want to ensure that you are receiving information for the Black staff and faculty communities in a timely manner, and we appreciate the many campus partners who align in this goal. We look forward to continued partnerships and connections! 

In Solidarity,
BSFO Executive Board
Black Celebrations
Congratulations and welcome to Gregory Mitchell, first professional staff member for the African American Initiative Scholars Program!
from AASD Director, Takiyah Jackson, M.Ed

Please join me in welcoming Gregory Mitchell to the UC Berkeley family.  Gregory is our first professional staff member hired to the African American Initiative Scholars Program. This is a historic moment for the Black Community, AASD, EOP, the African American Initiative, and UC Berkeley. Read more >>
Congratulations and welcome to Miya Hayes - New Associate Director of Campus Partnerships & Engagement!
from Student Affairs

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Miya Hayes as the new Associate Director of Campus Partnerships & Engagement at UC Berkeley. Miya is a current Berkeley employee with extensive experience in college access in California, as well as a deep commitment to increasing diversity at the post-secondary level, primarily with African American and Latinx students. Read more >>
Congratulations to Gregory Mitchell, first professional staff member for the African American Initiative Scholars Program!
Congratulations to two Black faculty members, Erin Kerrison & William White, part of the newest Berkeley Hellman Fellows cohort!

Established in 1995, the purpose of the Hellman Fellows Fund is to support substantially the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research. Learn more here>>
Many congratulations to UC Berkeley alumnus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who recently won an Emmy for supporting actor in a limited series for his performance in Watchmen! Read more >>
Events & Announcements
Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with our Partners in Alianza!

Alianza’s 2020 Latinx Heritage Event Series can be found here, and click on each image below to view.
Stories of The Black Wednesdays: Reimagining Space for Black Public Art at UC Berkeley
Originally livestreamed Monday, Sept 14, 2020 | 6:30pm
Presented by the African American Student Development Office. Featuring Join Takiyah Jackson, Director of the African American Student Development Office, Walter Hood, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, Allan deSouza, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Photography in the Department of Art Practice, Mia Settles Tidwell, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff at the Division of Equity & Inclusion, and Blake Simons, Assistant Director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center. Learn more>>
from Elizabeth Aong, MPH, RD in University Health Services
Hi everybody! I would appreciate it if you could help me spread the word to your students about our free virtual cooking class happening in a couple weeks. Students that are nearby campus can stop by the Food Pantry at MLK to pick up ingredient bags while supplies last - see below for dates/time. I'll be making cheesy grits w/ creamy beans and sautéed tomatoes with collard greens. No registration required. 
AASD and BCM presents: Monday Morning Soul Care

Every Monday morning at 9am for a Black community blessing and all faiths prayer, led by Erma Sinclair.

View attached flyer for more information and Zoom Link.
Know your Rights & Building Power. 
A conversation with Demographers of Color 

Friday 9 October 2020, 9-10:30am PST (Oct 9 event reg)

This virtual panel discussion features five PhD demographers of color who know about family and caregiving Panelists will share about their career and life experiences. Join us for a sincere discussion of pivots, resilience, and hope. We are organizing this panel in response to feedback gathered at the 1st ever member-organized Demographers of Color & Allies Reception in April. This event will include all-group and break-out components. Read more on this event and others here >>
Career Center's First Generation Career Series Upcoming events:
Wed, Oct 14 Intersectionality in the Workplace 
Thurs, Nov 5 -   Navigating the Institution/Academia 
SAVE THE DATE: Fall 2020 CRG Distinguished Guest Lecture 
Abolition Feminism with Angela Davis & Gina Dent
10.22 | 4 - 5:30 PM PST | Live Stream Event
Learn more here.
Black Wellness Wednesdays Fall 2020

Join Health Educator, Meckell Milburn, from 2:00p-4:00p for 30 minute wellness sessions on a variety of topics. This time is held sacred for black healing and wellness.

Click on the flyer to view more and, sign up at
Racial Justice in America: A deeper look

You see it on your social media feed: Videos of police called to investigate a Black person for doing something as simple as.. Read more>>
Black at UC Berkeley: Professor
Tyrone Hayes on discrimination in academia

Bias has found biology prof in every ivory tower
Advancing Practice presents, "Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?" interview with Takiyah Jackson and Cristóbal Olivares.

Click on the attached video to view the recording.
Newsletters to follow...
The Black Caucus
University of California, San Francisco
Founded in 1968, The Black Caucus serves as an instrument of change, community building, and professional support. Read more>>
Newsletters to follow...
Centers for Race & Gender, UC Berkeley (CRG)
Upcoming Event 9.30 | 12 - 1PM 
Women of the 116th Congress: Portraits of Power

ZOOM WEBINAR - Must register here to receive a personalized link to join. Learn more >>
Berkeley Jobs
View open jobs at
The Division of Computing, Data Science and Society Chief Communications Officer

CAA Program Manager, Scholarship Selection (Berkeley, CA)

CAA Senior Director, Scholarships Administration (Berkeley, CA)

Coordinator of Student Field Programs – UC Berkeley Labor Center – Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

UC-wide Featured Jobs
Job Announcement: Diversity and Outreach Program Manager Position at UCSF
Additional Featured Jobs
Associate Chief Information Security Officer
Program Director, Haas School of Business
Director of Productivity and Collaboration Services
Covid Testing Site Staffer (Internal Only)
Chief Financial Officer
Assistant Vice Chancellor Research Administration and Compliance
Director, Finance and Business Services
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