National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 
This October UC Berkeley celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) by highlighting the importance of cybersecurity best practices and by offering guidance on protecting your data and devices. This year's theme is #BeCyberSmart. Visit our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month page to learn more and sign up for webinars and virtual events!
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Campus News
  • Latinx Heritage Month Events: October 13 | October 20 | 12:00 -1:00 pm | Join the Alianza Staff Organization for a vibrant line up of virtual events during Latinx Heritage Month. Through a series of events, we hope to learn more about what it means to be Latinx in the US and discuss or engage with topics pertinent to our communities. Topics include UC Berkeley’s efforts to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, the LGBTQIA+ community, and more! We hope you can join us. Registration information for each event available below soon to come. Please sign-up to receive updates.
  • CUCSA Meeting Update: Your Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) Delegates Brian Light and Arlene Banaga attended the first quarterly CUCSA meeting on September 2-4. In support of the mission of the University of California it is the purpose of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) to maintain and enhance communication within the University Community on matters of interest to staff employees in accordance with California laws and Regent policy. In addition to meeting host site leadership during the CUCSA meetings, topics were presented and discussed: 
          -21 Day Anti-Racism Challenge at UCSD and UCI Black Initiatives
          -Work Groups: “Basic needs with an emphasis on mental health,”               “Alternative work arrangements with an emphasis on                                    telecommuting,” “Staff Advocacy with an emphasis on                                compensation.”
          -You can apply in January 2021 to be the next Staff Advisor to the           Regents. Click here for more information and look at                                   UC Berkeley's  Campus Update                                                        
  • An official handout will be shared soon. If you have any feedback: comments, questions or concerns, please email us at
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  • Berkeley Forum Presents Dr. Anthony Fauci: October 8 | 5:00 pm-5:45 pm | Live Streamed via Facebook. Dr. Fauci will discuss how the coronavirus could affect the abilities of colleges to re-open safely and the broader impact of the virus on our country.
  • Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief: October 9 | 12:10 pm-1:00pm | Via Zoom. Instructor Laurie Ferris practices yoga that can help  to 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. Sign up via UC Learning Center course code: BEUHS664-201009.
  • Recipes for Disaster Preparedness: October 16 | 12:10 pm-1:00 pm | In the event of an earthquake, wildfire, or pandemic, our food options become more limited. This workshop will help prepare you with food safety knowledge, a sample grocery list of smart staples to stock, and a few simple recipes. Register
  • Episode 75: A Cure for Loneliness: Feeling lonely? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy learns why focusing on the quality of our relationships, not the quantity, can be an antidote. Listen to the 20 minute episode here
  • WorkFit: Enjoy free virtual classes. Class times, description and registration via calendar.
When to Express Your Gratitude at Work?
Watch this 20 minute video to learn how! 

Events and Resources

  • Rosie Lee Tompskin A retrospective: Virtual exhibit until December 20, 2020. Part of one of the largest collections of quilts by African American artists donated by art scholar and collector Eli Leon now at BAMPFA. 
  • UCB Library Workshops and Makerspace: Check out the UC Berkeley Library Makerspace website and the library workshops calendar for various projects you can do at home and virtual workshops you can attend.
  • Halloween Fun with the Student Union: Visit the Student Union’s website for virtual events for Halloween treats, pumpkin decorating, and much more! Visit website.
  • Keeping Children Safe Online: Social Media Safety: October 21 | 10:00 am -11:00 am | Register for Webinar: The topic of the Living Security's Family First Series is on “Threats Around the Corner and in our Homes.” Join us for this powerful and informative webinar to learn more about Why your kids should only connect with and interact with people they’ve met and trust personally; not a friend of a friend. Much more will be discussed!  
  • Cal Parents with School Age Children: This is a CalTeach Stem program to help school age kids with STEM education. CalTeach is a program for undergraduate STEM majors with an interest in exploring a career in education. The CalTeach STEM Ambassador program will provide opportunities for students K-12 to receive planned enrichment activities, tutoring, support, and/or motivation in understanding Math or Science through remote/virtual means.   
  • Pleasant Events Calendar for Kids and Teens: One way to help children and teens develop self-compassion is by encouraging them to make time to explore their interests and engage in activities they enjoy through the use of a Pleasant Events Calendar. You can think of it as a form of self-care for kids.
Social Justice: BSA Wide:
  • Brown Bag Networking Lunch “Our favorite Staff Resources”: October 7 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Via Zoom | Members of the New Professionals Network committee (NPN) will share their favorite staff resources, perks, and benefits available to staff throughout the year. We'll then break out into small groups for informal networking and post discussions. To request the link or join our email list, email
  • Social Hour "What We're Eating & Drinking": October 21 | 5:15 pm-6:30 pm | Via Zoom | Join NPN for a refreshing after-work virtual mixer! We're encouraging staff to whip up or order to-go their favorite food and beverage during what I'm eating & drinking show-and-tell social hour. Consider this a great way to connect with colleagues across campus and indulge in a midweek pick-me-up treat! To request the link or join our email list, email

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More UCB Events
Professional Development
  • Intersectional Gathering for Latinx LGBTQ+ Staff and Allies: October 13 | 12:00 -1:00 pm | Via Zoom | A collaborative event between LavenderCal, QTPOC, and Alianza, this gathering will celebrate the contributions of Latinx lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer + identified leaders and change makers. Participants will also connect with colleagues from across the campus through breakout sessions and activities. Allies are welcome! 
  • NOW Conference 2020 Recordings: Watch career resources, skills, and inspiration to our employees, helping them to be successful in their careers today and in the future.
  • Staff Career Development Workshops Fall 2020: Workshops help UC Berkeley staff develop clarity and action plans to connect their interests and abilities with career opportunities. Register for a workshop today!
Working Remotely Resources
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  • Spieker Pool and Golden Bear Pool Access: Staff and faculty who have been authorized to work on campus, as well as currently enrolled UC Berkeley students, may use the pools by reservation only. 
  • COVID-19 Testing Expands: Asymptomatic surveillance testing program is expanding to offer free COVID-19 testing to more of the campus community and opening an additional testing site. Testing expands to students living off campus and faculty and staff who are currently working on campus. 
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