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March 2020 Encouragement  

As many of us are aware, the Berkeley campus is experiencing unprecedented change due to COVID-19 (as is much of the world), and the shelter-in-place protocol through April 7 provides marginal options for in-person engagement. We are grateful for the proactive efforts of everyone to stay healthy and safe. We also have great compassion for our displaced communities who are struggling with access and options to self-quarantine. These are truly difficult times, especially for our marginalized populations. Still, we lift up tremendous gratitude for the many organizations that are working to offer support and services, while knowing that there is great effort to be made from all of us.  

Below, we have included some general campus resources on navigating COVID-19, and want to reserve more space for restorative and holistic resources to uplift our community during this season.

In Solidarity,
BSFO Executive Board
Berkeley Campus COVID-19 Information Hub

COVID-19 Resources for UCB Student Services Staff

Berkeley Information Security Office Best Practices for Telecommuting Securely
UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center 


Greater Good Science Center Magazine Feature

The latest issue of Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center magazine can be found here. Recommended read: How to Avoid Feeling Defeated in Today’s Crazy World, by Tim Desmond.
On Feb. 21, 2020, Deirdre Cooper Owens, a professor of the history of medicine at the University of Nebraska, was on campus to discuss her work tracing the origins of medical racism back to its roots. In her book Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the origins of American Gynecology, Cooper Owens reveals the ways the field of gynecology, pioneered by 19th century medical men, was deeply intertwined with the institution of slavery. Read more, and listen to Dierdre's talk, here.
Learn more about these, and other "400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice" events, here.

UCOP BSFO Features: March 2020

UCOP BSFO Black History Month: Executive Leadership Panel
March 4, 2020
Featuring UC Berkeley AVC and Chief People & Culture Officer, Eugene Whitlock; UCOP Systemwide Title IX Deputy Director Kendra Fox-Davis; UC Davis AVC for Enrollment Management, Don Hunt; and UCOP Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement, Sandra Williams-Hamp; Moderated by Charleen Mininfield and Chief Risk Officer, Cheryl Lloyd
Zoom Recording link here.

Professional & Campus Resources:
Ways to Build During the Season

Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee Application Open Through March 20

The CSAC membership application is available on the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee membership webpage, and is due by Thursday, March 20, 2020. 
Online Appointments Available: Career Coaching

An individual, confidential meeting with a career professional can help someone who: 
  • Is finding it difficult to set goals for their career development activities. 
  • Knows about the principles and processes of career development and mobility, but is having trouble applying them personally.
  • Wants feedback about a specific job search document such as a resume or cover letter
Learn more, and sign up for a one-on-one coaching session, here.
Online Appointments Available: Employee Assistance

Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance provides no cost confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs. It is also the employee assistance program for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Schedule an Appointment: To schedule an appointment with an Employee Assistance counselor, please call (510) 643-7754 or email
All Employee Assistance appointments will be conducted telephonically. Learn more here.
UC Berkeley Jobs: Openings

Find all open jobs here. Featured jobs:
  • Executive Director of Admissions (#6333)
  • Chief of Staff & Assistant Dean for Diversity (#5853)
  • Executive Director of Civil Rights & Whistleblower Compliance (#4569)
WorkFit is Going ONLINE: Noon yoga classes this week

WorkFit has decided to bring UC staff a dose of joy and relief by offering WorkFit classes online via Zoom!
  • Wednesday, March 18 @ Noon - 12:45 PM  Yoga with Maryclare
  • Thursday, March 19 @ Noon - 12:45 PM   Hatha Yoga with Tricia
  • Friday, March 20 @ Noon - 12:45 PM       Yoga & Meditation with Nicolette
Learn more, including how to log in, here.

Community Resource Sharing: Restorative Recommendations

Liberate Meditation App: Featured in Lion's Roar, AfroTech, ReMezcal, and Black Enterprise; App for Black, African Diaspora and POC communities.
UCLA Mindful App (iTunes Google Play): For an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, download the app, stream, or download the guided meditations here. Recorded by UCLA MARC's Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.
Holistic Resources from Cal Black Community Email List

BSFO Member Reco: YouTube Gentle Yoga Class for Beginners and Seniors by The Mat Project

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