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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month!
Staff Organization Spotlight: LavenderCal 

Mission and Purpose

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LavenderCal is UC Berkeley’s network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ employees. We are staff, faculty, librarians, academic researchers, postdoctoral appointees, and visiting scholars. We welcome the support and participation of allies. LavenderCal is recognized as an official campus staff organization, supported by the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion.
1. To encourage all LGBTQ+ staff and faculty to share experiences, resources, and energy
2. To sustain a large, inclusive network of staff and faculty who volunteer effort—little or much, occasionally or regularly—to promote the welfare of the UC LGBTQ+ communities
3. To assist LGBTQ+ staff and faculty—incoming, current, and retiring—to participate, without hindrance, in all aspects of campus professional, intellectual, and community life
4. To help bring LGBTQ+ staff and faculty perspectives and energies to all campus and UC initiatives for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Resources to show support!
LGBTQ+ Resources (GenEq)
Pride Month Virtual Backgrounds (courtesy of UCSF)
San Francisco Pride 2021
Library of Congress LGBTQ+
Anti-Defamation League LGBTQ Rights 
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Nominate a Staff Organization or an individual staff member for a spotlight in a future newsletter.
Career Development Committee: 
Now Accepting Mentorship Applications!
  • BSA Mentorship Program: The BSA Career Development Committee is excited to open the 2021-2022 cycle! The Committee is now welcoming mentee and mentor applications. This volunteer program pairs experienced campus staff members (mentors) with staff who are looking to develop themselves professionally (mentees). Participants have the opportunity to build connections, explore challenges, and better understand the Berkeley organizational culture.
  • Mentorship for Staff of Color: BSA-CDC & BSFO Event: June 9 | 3:00 pm - 4:00pm | Zoom | The Black Staff and Faculty Organization and BSA have partnered to host a thoughtful panel discussion on “Mentorship for Staff of Color” at Berkeley! Topics will include learning the benefits, challenges, and considerations on becoming a mentor/mentee in programs like BSA, the importance of more staff of color participating in mentorship experiences, and will feature a live Q&A. 
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Campus News
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  • Managers’ Forum - Flexible Work Essentials: will focus on how best to evaluate, prepare and work through this unique time for campus. We strongly encourage all managers and supervisors to attend the following three-part series
    • Flexible Work Toolkit Overview: TODAY | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Register
    • How to Manage your Remote Employees: June 15 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Zoom |
    • How to Manage your Hybrid Team: June 28 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm |  | Zoom |
  • Next Opportunity at Work (NOW) Conference 2021: June 3 | 9:00am-5:00pm | The 9th annual NOW Conference for staff career development will be held virtually. This virtual all-day event is designed to support UC staff with career and professional development. It's too late to register for the event, but recordings of the conference sessions will be made available after the event. Find out more about it on the website.
  • Staff Appreciation Week: June 7-11 | Staff Appreciation Week returns with a gratifying, fun-filled week of virtual events and online perks. Read more information about Staff Appreciation Week and mark your calendars to join!.
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  • Time out! In defense of taking Vacation: During most of 2020, it felt “pointless” to take a vacation if I couldn’t go anywhere new or visit anyone I loved. As the summer approaches, let's talk about vacation!
  • Mindful Moving (& Stretching Too!) Event: June 10 | 10:00 - 11:50am | Register | Let's move (virtually) together! Now is your chance to join the UC Berkeley faculty and staff community for an energizing, stress relieving, mindful event.
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Events and Resources

  • Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and Le Concert des Nations (Cal Performances at Home): June 3 | 7:00pm | Buy tickets here | Multi-instrumental virtuoso, conductor, and musical polymath Jordi Savall offers a rare and precious gift to his many Berkeley fans, a special streamed presentation of selections from Monteverdi’s Madrigals of Love and War. 
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (Cal Performances at Home): June 10 | 7:00pm | Buy tickets here | The centerpiece of this exclusive Cal Performances at Home presentation is the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Jamar Roberts, the company’s resident choreographer. Roberts has been praised for creating works that engage artfully with contemporary issues such as gun violence and most recently the devastating effect the pandemic and police misconduct have had on Black bodies and Black lives.
  • Pride Movie Nights at Oracle Park!: June 11- June 12 | 8:00 pm | Buy tickets here |  Help support San Francisco Pride for the first ever Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park during the #SFPride51 celebration. Join us for an evening (or two!) of movie premiers, popcorn and some special appearances as we celebrate San Francisco and our LGBTQ+ community.
  • Oakland A’s Pride Night: June 11 | 6:40 pm | The Oakland A’s have their Pride Night game against the Kansas City Royals at the Coliseum in Oakland. The giveaway that evening will be a Pride rally towel.
Social Justice:
  • Juneteenth - Day of Remembrance and Reflection: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Resources to support and commemorate this date.
    • A Legacy of Black Freedom Movements: A Black Historical Consciousness Approach: June 14 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Zoom | Join the Black Staff & Faculty Organization and Berkeley community in celebrating Juneteenth with guest speakers. Zoom ID (921-8111-0470) Passcode: 963102
  • How more Black representation can change campus climate for the better: The 2019 campuswide survey conducted at Berkeley showed Black people reported the highest rate, 68% experiencing exclusionary acts on campus; up from 53% in 2013.   
  • CUCSA Townhall: June 3 | 11:00am | Register | Dear UC staff, We invite you to join CUCSA (Council of UC Staff Assemblies) for our spring UC-wide Townhall. This year’s workgroup topics are: 1) Flexible work with an emphasis on Telecommuting 2) Staff Advocacy with an emphasis on Compensation 3) Basic Needs with an emphasis on Mental Health. CUCSA is working hard to make UC a better place for all staff and we need your help to make it even better.
  • Return To Campus Staff Event: June 17 | 4:00pm-5:00pm | RSVP | The BSA Programs & Events Committee is holding an event for staff to discuss their questions and concerns around an equitable and safe return to work on-campus.

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More UCB Events
Professional Development
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  • Interest in Life and Work: June 10 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm | Register | Clarify how your interest influences the work you enjoy through the Strong Interest Inventory. Explore how interests relate to job families and opportunities on campus. Registration deadline June 7 2021, Pre-work required.
  • Job Search Effectiveness: June 23 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Register | This workshop will introduce best practices and strategies for an effective job search for internal (UCB) and external career exploration.
  • Networking for Career Success: June 30 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Register | This workshop will help reframe the concept of networking and offer strategies to help you feel more confident and empowered to connect. Registrants will be sent a zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.
  • Stop. Breathe. We Can’t Keep Working Like This: Listen to this podcast and/or read the transcript on explains how Slack and Gmail are making us miserable and what to do about it.
Working Remotely Resources
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In Case You Missed It!
  • Campus Conversation: Safe Return to Work: A discussion of what to expect and addressing issues and concerns surrounding safely returning to work. Join Eugene Whitlock, AVC Human Resources, Guy Nicolette, AVC University Health Services, Sally McGarrahan AVC Facility Services, and Art Reingold, School of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology Head.
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  • Appreciate: Send your colleagues kudos!: Take a moment to recognize our Essential Staff who’ve worked on campus during the entire pandemic or most of it! This helps recognize contributions and provides inspiration to others. We'll feature these appreciations on our website.
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