Celebrating Black History Month!
Black Staff & Faculty Organization (BSFO)
BSFO Leadership
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(Kristian Dawson, Tyrone Wise, Eugene Whitlock, Ashlee Baylis, Rebecca Ulrich, Takiyah Franklin)
In one sentence, briefly explain what your Staff Organization does/its mission:
The University of California, Berkeley, Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) was developed in 1979 to address the issues and concerns unique to employees at the University of California, Berkeley. The mission of BSFO is to create a climate which is conducive to the well-being and professional development aspirations of Black staff, faculty and students. 

In what kinds of events and/or outreach does your Staff Organization engage?
BSFO hosts a number of professional development, social, informative, and networking events and activities for Black staff and faculty, as well as members of the greater Berkeley community.

What’s the best part of being in this Staff Organization?
The ability for staff to be affirmed and celebrated in seasons such as Black History Month, Juneteenth, and other community activities; to have space to express anger, pain, hurt, and disillusionment with anti-Black racism and injustice that members experience from oppressive structures in society as well as the institution; to build professional development and networking opportunities, and much more.

How can UC Berkeley staff get involved with your Staff Organization?
Staff can visit our website at for more information on how to get involved.

Black History Month Events & Resources
  • BSFO Movie Series 
    -Daryl Davis: Race in America: February 10 | 4:30pm | Zoom |
    -Chocolate Soldiers: February 23 | 4:30pm | Zoom
  • BSFO Concert Series
    -Stay tuned for details by subscribing to the BSFO mailing list
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BSFO Chair: Tyrone Wise
How long has the nominee worked at Cal?
2 years

What makes the nominee a star, what sets them apart from their colleagues? 
The ability to create and collaborate. Within the first 3 months, Tyrone re-vamped the Veteran Staff organization with the assistance of Sid Reel, and Co-Chairman Dana Lund, and Greg Howell, and facilitated the first Memorial Day ceremony in over 75 years, in 2019. Tyrone has also been a facilitator in the Dismantling Racism focus group and is currently a co-facilitator at the Haas School of Business for Dismantling Racism and leads conversation with fellow colleagues of empowering staff and faculty to become anti-racist and to dismantle systemic oppression and racism. He continues to mentor youth and is the advisor of UC Berkeley's NAACP Youth and College chapter. Tyrone continues to balance work as the Associate Director for the Full TIme MBA Program who works with an amazing team who serves 600+ full time MBA program and oversees 40+ active clubs who hold conferences, case competitions and networking events. 

What tip would the nominee pass on to other staff to thrive on campus?
You may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world around you! 
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Nominate a Staff Organization or an individual staff member for a spotlight in a future newsletter.
Campus News
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  • Restorative Yoga for Mind & Body Resilience: February 4 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Introduction to Restorative Yoga practice to effectively reduce stress in the body, calm emotions, and support mental equanimity. No previous yoga experience is required.
  • Dancing for Fun and Fitness: February 5 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Fit some fun, fitness, and a bit of aloha into your day with this free beginner Hula/Tahitian dance class! You will learn basic technique, combinations, and choreography. 
  • Managing Turbulence: A Berkeley Changemaker Workshop: February 24 | 1:00 - 2:30pm | Zoom | Whether you are a team member or leader, this dynamic workshop will introduce you to the levers you can use to shape culture at UC Berkeley. Workshop will explore strategies and tactics that set and shape culture. Registrants will be sent a zoom link and bCal invites as the virtual workshop date draws near.
  • Cooking on a Budget: February 25 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Eating well doesn't have to cost a lot. Learn to prepare flavorful meals using affordable and simple ingredients with a long shelf life. 
  • Dealing with stress and anxiety during COVID - text messaging program: StayWell at Home (BienEstar en Casa) aims to help people cope with COVID-19 stress and anxiety, and it's available for free to everyone. They understand that times are difficult and that taking care of your mental health is especially important right now and developed a daily texting program (StayWell at Home) to provide tips on managing the stress of social distancing and stay home orders.

Events and Resources

Arts: Family/Social:
  • Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children: February 11 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Working from home, working without adequate or any childcare, distance learning, home schooling, college students at home, and being with your children 24/7 are only a few of the challenges parents face during COVID-19. Leslie Bell, will lead the group meeting to provide guidance on the topic.
Social Justice:
  • UCB Library Acquires FBI Surveillance Documents of Civil Rights Activists: View this article announcing a new digital collection of Federal surveillance and disruption efforts directed at Black civil rights organizations, and leaders, including Dr. King.
  • Anti-Racist Resources from Greater Good: Offers a number of Greater Good pieces that explore our potential to reduce prejudice in society and in ourselves.
  • *Friendly Reminder* BSA Call for Nominations: The Excellence in Management Committee is still accepting nominations until 02/22/2021. This year’s Excellence in Management theme, "Leading in Difficult Times." Submit a nomination for your superstar manager or supervisor here! Questions? Email

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More UCB Events
Professional Development
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  • LinkedIn Basics: February 18 | 1:00 - 2:30pm | Zoom | This workshop will cover the basics on how to utilize LinkedIn to help you establish an online presence, conducting career research, and facilitating connection with other professionals. Registrants will be sent a zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.
  • Disability Management: Part I Understanding the Process: February 17 | 9:00 - 12:30pm | Zoom | Using Scenario-based instruction this interactive and information provides a look into the process of Disability Management. The workshop will reference foundational concepts framed by University policy related to disability to best support the accommodation needs of employees with disabilities. This is part one of a two-part workshop, and the successful completion of a follow-up assignment is required. 
  • Financial Wellness: Planning Today for Your Tomorrow: February 18 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Whether you are just starting your financial journey or preparing for retirement. A representative from Bank of the West will provide guidance for financial planning, to help you map out short, and long term financial goals for an empowering experience. 
  • Understanding the Process Part II: A Deeper Dive: February 24 | 9:00 - 12:30pm | Zoom | This is an in-depth, hands-on application of concepts learned in the Disability Management: Part I Understanding the Process workshop. In this virtual workshop, participants will have the opportunity to walk through "real" case scenarios, as suggested by our participants.
Working Remotely Resources
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  • Core Essentials for Better Posture: February 9 | 12:10 - 1:00pm | Zoom | Learn ways to improve your posture through awareness of movement patterns and exercises to balance muscles. Safe ways to sit, walk and stand will be addressed.

The 21 Rules for Managing Remote Teams: Watch this 20 minute video! Source: Google Grow YouTube PlayList
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In Case You Missed It!
  • Author Ibram X Kendi “How to Be an Antiracist” holds up both a magnifying glass and a mirror to examine how to uproot racism from society—starting with ourselves. Watch Kendi’s presentation at UCB
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  • Vaccines for COVID-19: Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 began at UHS in mid-January, with Moderna vaccine allocated by UCOP for Phase 1a healthcare staff.  Last week, Phase 1a was completed and also made an early start on Phase 1b, inviting in UCB employees age 65+ currently working on campus.  Thus far, UHS has administered 900 doses without incident, using up all of our supplies.
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