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June Celebrations & Reflections

Dear BSFO Family,

To echo our partners on the CAPS African American Mental Health Team, who led a BEAUTIFUL Community Mental Health Check-In yesterday, we stand in community with Black students and staff as we grieve and are outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony Mcdade, and countless others at the hands of police violence and acts of racism that plague our community. As we continue to stand, we also want to celebrate the educational and career advancements of some of our staff, and acknowledge anti-racism resources that have been shared by campus and system-wide divisions.

In Solidarity,
BSFO Executive Board
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Today! The Fire This Time: Race at Boiling Point - with Angela Davis and Herman Gray

This Friday, June 5, at 1:00 pm PST join UCHRI on Zoom for The Fire This Time: Race at Boiling Point, a conversation with Angela Y. Davis (Emerita, UC Santa Cruz), Herman Gray (Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz), Gaye Theresa Johnson (UC Los Angeles), Robin D.G. Kelley (UCLA), and Josh Kun (USC). 

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In honor of Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday today Friday 5 June 2020, here are some concrete action items people can do to commemorate her life and fight to get her justice. 

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Educational Advancement
Congratulations to Lauryn C. Holloway, Ed.D, Senior Program Policy Analyst for Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, on completing her doctorate program in Educational Leadership from Mills College this Spring 2020!
Berkeley Career Advancement
Congratulations to BSFO executive board member, Rebecca Ulrich, who advanced to the role of Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Information; Division of Computing, Data Science, & Society, in Spring 2020!
Congratulations to BSFO executive board member, Kristian Dawson, who advanced to the role of Assistant Director, Outreach and Culture in the Office of Undergraduate Advising, College of Environmental Design, in Summer 2020!
WATCH: Live stream recording hosted by the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3) and led by Quamé Love, program coordinator for African American and Transfer Student Initiatives in CE3.
READ: Anti-Racist Actions, Learning, and Engagement Resources from EVCP office, in conjunction with the campus message sent by Chancellor Carol Christ and VC Oscar Dubon sent a on May 29th, addressing the recent murders of members of the Black community.
WATCH: Dear Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Event, featuring President Barack & Michelle Obama on Saturday, June 6, 2020 12PM PT
People & Culture Anti-Racism Statement
Read here.
Do YOU have an article, note, affirmation, etc. that wish to share with BSFO members? Please email us!
Download the Liberate Meditation App: Featured in Lion's Roar, AfroTech, ReMezcal, and Black Enterprise; App for Black, African Diaspora and POC communities.
Remember to take deep breaths today...
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