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Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary

Staff Organization: Staff Alliance for Disability Access (SADA) 
Americans With Disabilities Act 30 years strong
Here is a snippet from the celebration announcement from Mark Brindle, Chair of the Staff Alliance for Disability Access (SADA):
Disability knows no single race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It is for all these reasons we would like to invite our UC Berkeley Community to join us in celebration of such a momentous 30 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990-2020).
Our own campus, UC Berkeley, has a very close relationship with the early disabled student activists who helped develop the Americans with Disabilities Act that we see today. The independent living movement of the 1960s founded by UCB disabled students: Ed Roberts, Hale Zukas, and Jan McEwan Brown focused on making the full academic and social life of the university accessible to all. It is because of them that Berkeley was the first city to have continuous curb-cut sidewalk ramps installed throughout Telegraph and Shattuck Avenues in 1974, allowing unimpeded travel via wheelchair to most campus venues. This action later then led to what we know as “bumpy-tiles” to aid the blind as they navigated the streets as well. Later, these same students and community members joined together to form The Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Find more information and resources in Vice Chancellor, Administration Marc Fisher’s CalMessage.
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Campus News
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  • Many thanks to outgoing BSA Governing Council and Executive Committee members: Summer Scanlan (Chair), Jorge Martinez (Operations Officer), Harumi Quinones (CUCSA Sr. Delegate), Danielle Wiskerson (EIM Co-Chair), Shirley Giraldo (Data Committee), Kait Guthrie (Career Development/Mentorship - Co-Chair), Avi Rosenzweig (Communications Committee).
  • Welcome new U.C. President Michael V. Drake: Dr. Michael V. Drake is the first Black president in the 152 year history of the U.C. system.  For the past 6 years, Dr. Drake led Ohio State University, and prior spent more than 30 years as an educator and administrator for the UC system. He faces unprecedented challenges while in the middle of a pandemic, racial unrest, and the worst recession in history. Read the announcement.
  • Paid family leave benefit approved for UC faculty and staff: UC's Council of Chancellors has unanimously approved a recommendation for a new paid family leave benefit for UC employees, effective July 1, 2021. This recommendation, supported by President Napolitano and Systemwide Human Resources, provides eight weeks of leave at 70% of wages for UC faculty and staff who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.
  • COVID-19 impacts Berkeley budget, reduction measures required: See the message sent to campus by Chancellor Carol Christ and other campus leaders.
  • Call to Action - Address Systematic Racism across the University of California: Letter to the UC Board of Regents, President Napolitano, and President-elect Drake from some UC Black Affinity Group Leaders and Campus Organizations. The Office of the President has started to reach out to Black Affinity Groups on the various campuses to identify leaders in order to continue this conversation with UC President Drake.
  • Results of Employee Morale Survey #3: The headline this month is ‘steady as we go.’ With a few notable exceptions, your feelings remain largely unchanged as to the effects coronavirus is having on our lives.
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Events and Resources

  • Cal Assessment Network (CAN): Making Decisions with Data: How UCB Institutional Data Analysts Support Campus Planning:
    August 6 | 9:00-10:30am | Via Zoom. Experts from the Office of Planning & Analysis and Division of Equity & Inclusion will present highlighting the key areas they support. You will get an overview of the work they contribute to and the related data sources they leverage.
  • New Professionals Network (NPN): Fall Welcome: Virtual Networking Lunch:
    August 12 | 12:00-1:00pm | Via Zoom. Join staff from across campus, we'll be breaking out of our work "silos" by exchanging resources and sharing work-from-home tips, even some of our favorite healthy distractions. There will be an opportunity for small group discussions in break out rooms. Feel free to enjoy your lunch during the meeting. Please email to request the Zoom meeting link. 
  • Working at Home Following Baby Bonding Leave:
    August 19 | 12:00-1:30pm | RegisterBe Well at Work virtual panel workshop focused on understanding both positive and negative emotions related to this transition, how to establish boundaries at work, COVID-related types of leave, benefits and accommodations available to working parents, and more.
  • LIVE Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci at the Berkeley Forum: August 27 | 5:00-6:00pm | via Facebook. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and a current member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The event will be livestreamed to the Berkeley Forum Facebook Page.
  • Draft Guidelines for Recovery Management: A Diverse, Equitable, Belonging, and Inclusive Lense on COVID-19 Disparate Impact+1: This document provides recommended steps to take in building remote, hybrid, or in-person ramp-up and ramp-down plans that consider the impacts on those who are marginalized and disparately impacted by COVID-19.
  • The Lawrence Hall of Science at Home: Kids and families can look forward to exploring, investigating, discovering and inventing through DIY projects, meeting animal friends, science demonstrations and shows, astronomy, and nature walks. Also, take a look at their Black Voices in STEAM storytime!
  • As If By Magic: Art projects for kids to do at home while watching an artist walk them through it, virtual reading events, and more! 
Social Justice:
  • Stand Up and Say Something: UC Berkeley Library’s compilation of photos, essays, illustrations, song lyrics, poetry, and video from staff members across the Library. Stand Up and Say Something raises our collective voice against systemic discrimination and explores how our actions shape us as individuals, and as an organization.
  • #FundCommunitiesNotCorporations: This short video from the Othering & Belonging Institute exposes how corporations wield outsized influence over our society, inhibiting workers, particularly from Black communities and other communities of color, from accessing the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.
  • Berkeley Talks: Thelton Henderson on the bravery to do what’s right: Henderson, who was one of two Black students to graduate from Berkeley Law in 1962, was the first African American lawyer in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in the early 1960s. In the interview, he shares what it was like working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, investigating local law enforcement and human rights abuses.
  • Anti-Racist Actions, Learning, and Engagement Resources: A continuously updated list of links to articles, books, curated lists, videos, films, podcasts, and more.
  • Resources to Support Anti-Racist Learning: From the Greater Good Science Center here are key readings from Black educator-leaders and other leaders of color.
  • Why racial equity belongs in the study of economics: Berkeley Talks podcast and video sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics and Economics for Inclusive Prosperity.

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More UCB Events
Professional Development
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  • How to Develop a Digital Presence to Enhance Your Career: August 15 | 10:00-11:30am | Having a digital presence is increasingly important to grow your network and career. Learn best practices for showcasing your authentic self online and gain insight into popular networking tools, such as LinkedIn, Zoom and Medium. Registration required.
  • Networking for Career Success: August 20 | 12:00-1:30pm | Many people dread the concept of networking for their job search for fear of asking for something or appearing needy. If you can relate, then join us for this workshop where we will help you reframe the concept of networking and offer strategies to help you feel more confident and empowered to connect. Registration required.
  • LinkedIn Basics: August 26 | 12:00-1:00pm | LinkedIn is a great tool for establishing an online presence, conducting career research, and facilitating connection with other professionals. This workshop addresses the basics. Registration required.
Working Remotely Resources
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Free Asymptomatic Saliva Testing Study: The Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley is piloting a new, saliva-based test for COVID-19. UC Berkeley employees who have no symptoms and are approved to work on campus during the pandemic are invited to participate.
UC Botanical Garden is open
The garden has implemented COVID-19 related safety precautions to protect visitors and staff, requiring advance ticket reservations, limiting the number of visitors present in the garden at any one time, and asking all visitors to wear face masks.

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