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BSA Anti-Racism Statement
Dear BSA Members and Affiliates, 

We are mourning and are infuriated by the attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community. The Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA) stands in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) colleagues and members of the Berkeley community. While the AAPI community has a long history of being racially discriminated against in the United States, the frequency and visibility of this xenophobic violence and hate has become more prominent and normalized during the COVID-19 pandemic. BSA remains committed to creating inclusive and respectful learning communities, and we will continue to advocate for social justice.

This recent increase in violence against AAPI community members is part of a larger structure of White supremacy that perpetuates racism against Black and Brown, and other systematically marginalized communities, further illuminating the need for cross-racial solidarity. All of these communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial violence in America. It is not enough to condemn racism, we must continue to be actively anti-racist and do the work to dismantle White supremacy culture. Now more than ever, we must rise up and meet the AAPI community with more than solidarity. 

BSA wants to acknowledge and recognize the work that has been and continues to be done by the leaders of the Coalition of Ethnic Staff Organizations (CESO) and the many individuals involved with racial/ethnic staff organizations.

BSA is committed to listening to and amplifying AAPI voices and educating ourselves on the historic and ongoing systemic racism that plagues this country so that we can be better allies.  

Action items individuals can take: 
  • Supervisors and non-AAPI colleagues, recognize that this has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, but particularly for BIPOC and AAPI employees. Be flexible with mental health days, deadlines and check-in on your employees well-being, as appropriate.
  • Visit and be part of the solution by reporting a hate crime or donating to fund their invaluable work. More organizations to donate to can be found here
  • If you see something, act. If you are not sure how to intervene in a supportive way, we recommend this bystander training or campus’ Bears That Care Training.
  • Find out more information about the Coalition of Ethnic Staff Organizations (CESO) and show your support by joining an ethnic staff organization, Alianza, APASA, BSFO, MENASA, and NASC.    
  • Contact the Ombuds Office for Staff  if you need a safe space to “discuss and overcome workplace disputes and problems.” 
  • Connect with the APASA community
  • Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD
  • Office of Equity and Inclusion: Staff Programs and Services 
  • Mental Health Resources: 
    • General resources can be found at the Health Center on Campus here 
    • Find e-health resources and appointments here or at Recalibrate
    • If you need resources for helping colleagues and friends 
    • Employee Assistance is available to any staff member who would like to talk to a counselor.

BSA is driven by values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We can and must do better. If you feel empowered to become more involved in these efforts, please consider joining BSA in the upcoming election.  

In community and solidary, 


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Campus News
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  • Update on Excellence in Management Timeline: We received an extraordinary 122 nomination submissions for amazing supervisors that continue to “Lead in Difficult Times”! Thank you to all employees who have participated. Nominators, Award Recipients and their Supervisors have now been informed if their nomination was approved. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, May 4th for the Excellence in Management Virtual Awards Ceremony from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Please register here to attend.
  • Ask President Drake: “Ask President Drake'' is a new way for UC staff to connect with our president. Email your question to and it could be featured in an upcoming issue of UCnetwork!
  • Additional Emergency Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19: UCOP has offered an additional 2021 allotment of Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL), available for use immediately. Full-time employees may take up to 80 hours of EPSL, while part-time employees may take up to the two-week equivalent. A few additions have been added such as, e) New: The employee is recovering from an injury, disability, illness, or condition related to obtaining immunization related to COVID-19. Please look at the update to view the entire notice and review the FAQ.
  • Spring 2021 Campus Town Hall: April 8 | 2:00 - 3:00pm | Zoom | Chancellor Carol Christ will share updates on current opportunities and challenges facing campus. Open to all staff. 
  • New Pay for Family Care and Bonding CALL FOR COMMENTS: The proposed policy revisions are available to read online in both the redline and clean versions. Provide comments on the proposed revisions may submit them to Abby Norris ( by April 24, 2021
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  • Guided Meditation: April 7 | 12:10 - 12:55pm | Zoom | Please join this relaxing and reenergizing guided meditation for faculty and staff, led by Michelle Ayazi. Guided mind relaxation, deep breathing, slow movement meditation, deep body relaxation, visualization, and heart-focused meditation. 
  • Brunch at Home: April 28 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Making brunch at home is a nice way to do something special for yourself. Break up the boring breakfast routine with simple and yet fun recipes. You’ll learn to incorporate nutritious ingredients like vegetables into the meal. Register here.
  • Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief: April 9 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. 

Events and Resources

  • Mariachi Luz de Oro - Noche de Amor y Música: April 9 | 5:30 - 6:30pm | Fundraising for the Future - help UC Berkeley student-run music ensemble to promote music and cultural diversity by supporting Mariachi culture. Find out more about this event and ways to help here.

  • Jeremy Denk, piano: April 15 | 7:00pm | Buy Tickets here | This Cal Performances at Home Spring season highlights the esteemed pianist Jeremy Denk—MacArthur Fellow, writer, and noted musical commentator—performs Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, the preludes and fugues that Beethoven referred to as his musical bible. 

  • Creativity and Your Well-Being Series - Part 2 Easy Canvas Crafts: April 20 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Take a creative break and join this relaxing and stress-relieving craft-along! This workshop will include two easy to follow canvas crafts where we will dabble in painting and embroidery. Register today to get the list of supplies and also participate in raffle prizes after each session.

  • Jazzmeia Horn (Cal Performances at Home): April 22 | 7:00pm | Buy Tickets here | Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn dazzles with her fleet scat singing and impeccable sense of swing, building a bridge between jazz’s illustrious past and today’s popular music. 

  • Renée Fleming, soprano (Cal Performances at Home): April 29 | 7:00pm | Buy Tickets here | Music and the Mind event, legendary soprano Renée Fleming presents a combination discussion-performance featuring UCB professor of neuroscience Ehud Isacoff. She offers insights into music’s untapped potential for healing and transformation, performing illuminating selections from her expansive repertoire, with piano accompaniment by Robert Ainsley.

  • UC Alumni Career Network - Managing student loan debt: April 7 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Whether you are dealing with your own educational debt or helping a family member manage their student loans, join this tactical webinar where you will learn strategies and options to manage student loan debt. 
  • Cook Well Berkeley Group Cook-Alongs: Are you looking for a fun way to connect with your colleagues? We offer a 1-hour virtual "cook-along" for work units and staff organizations by request. The format will be similar to the Kitchen Staples Cook-Along, but can be customized to your group's needs.
Social Justice:
  • The long history and present surge of anti-Asian violence: Watch the recorded Campus Conversation featuring a panel discussion on rising Anti-Asian violence in America. Panel will consider the long history of Anti-Asian racism and present-day patterns linked to the pandemic and to cultural anxieties about Asian ascendancy and Western decline. 
  • Disrupting the Model Minority Myth: April 19 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | A Conversation on Anti-Asian Racism in the Global Pandemic: In an effort to be responsive to the violence devastating Asian American/Pacific Islander communities, People and Culture is sponsoring this event. Featuring guest speaker, Dr. Dawn Tu, Educator and Equity and Social Justice Strategist. Register here.
  • Society Is Paying the Price for America’s Outdated Police Training Methods: Article providing insight as to the ways training and certification for law enforcement has been done.
  • Request for comments: Updated UC wide Police Policies and Procedures: Please review and submit your comments for the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures manual. Proposed changes include: An updated “Use of Force” policy A new “Body Worn Audio” policy A new “Systemwide Response Team” policy A new “Concealed Carry Weapons” policy. Deadline is May 1.
  • Managers’ Forum online: Managers’ Forum now has a permanent online home with videos from previous forums. 
  • MEP- Let's Talk: Engaging in Cross-Cultural Communication (Section 1): April 19 | 2:00 - 5:00pm | Zoom | This workshop engages participants in conversations and activities regarding “what gets in the way” when communicating across differences. The session includes a review of interactive communication theory, and offers activities to examine the impact of culture and identity on our communication styles.

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More UCB Events
Cook Well Berkeley Group Cook-Alongs: Are you looking for a fun way to connect with your colleagues? We offer a 1-hour virtual "cook-along" for work units and staff organizations by request. 
BSA Programs & Events Committee Pass the Mic Series: This series entails monthly pre-recorded conversations with staff groups, communities of practice, and staff members in all areas across the campus. These fireside chat style conversations are no longer than 20 minutes. Please visit the BSA Website to view the recordings!
Professional Development
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  • Resumes that Lead to Interviews: April 7 | 12:30 - 2:00pm | Zoom | Create a resume that gets attention and results. You will learn current best practices on how to effectively communicate your skills and fit for a job of interest. 
  • Health and Equity in All policies: April 9 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Zoom | Session will provide practical examples and tools of how one can promote health and equity into the workplace through policies, practices, and partnerships. Lasan Hotep UC Berkeley's Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and Kira Stoll, UC Berkeley's Chief Sustainability & Carbon Solution Officer will lead the session. Join the discussion by registering today!
  • Financial Wellness: Women and Investing: Organize, Plan, Own Your Future: April 15 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Laura Crymble Fidelity representative goes over ways to build healthy financial habits, save for multiple goals, and invest wisely, so that you can take control of your financial future. The zoom link will be sent to the participants by email and add it to this workshop description a day before the workshop. 
  • UC Alumni Career Network - Navigating racism in career advancement: April 19 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Designed for BIPOC, this session will focus specifically on acknowledging and addressing racist barriers and sharing strategies for building a trusted network to support your career advancement. 
  • Turning Adversity into Positive Career Traits: April 20 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Each of us has our own story. Our own struggles. Our own victories. Our own purpose. Oscar Garcia takes you on a personal journey of belittlement, self-doubt, cultural reaffirmation and embracing OUR uniqueness. Join Alianza’s hosted event to turn adversity into positive career traits.
  • Job Search Effectiveness: April 21 | 1:00 - 2:30pm | Zoom | This workshop will introduce best practices and strategies for an effective job search for internal (UCB) and external career exploration. Registrants will be sent a zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.
Working Remotely Resources
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  • Ergo Tips for Alternative Workstations Posture is EVERYTHING: Find out how your posture can harm or benefit your body in this Be Well at Work pdf with pictures of the correct and incorrect postures to use while working from home. Find out more ergonomic tips on the website!
  • Strategies to sharpen your focus: In this workshop we will learn sport psychology techniques and how to apply them to our work and personal lives. Specifically, this workshop will teach us focused goal-setting, as well as mindful, cognitive, and somatic strategies used by athletes to increase focus and performance. 

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  • Vaccines for COVID-19: ALL UC Berkeley employees are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. 
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