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How long has the nominee worked at Cal? 
18 years
What does the nominee love about working at UC Berkeley?
Liliana loves the ability to make a difference within a center in the School of Public Health. Having the ability to support vulnerable populations with the support of the university is invaluable. The brilliant academic minds of the School of Public Health enriches the community health labor she has done her whole life. Being able to work with talented UC Berkeley students is also very rewarding for her because she knows she is working and impacting the next generation of Public Health leaders. 

What makes the nominee a star, what sets them apart from their colleagues?
She takes initiative in everything she does and is not afraid to speak her mind. Liliana is candid in the way she communicates and effective when moving forward projects. She is able to lead a team and delegate responsibilities so everyone is clear in what they are doing. 

What tip would the nominee pass on to other staff to thrive on campus?
Never stop learning! Liliana always encourages her staff to take the opportunities that come their way, especially when it comes to professional development. It allows you to grow, but also to meet more people on campus and expand your professional network. Liliana never forgets to emphasize the importance of our mental health to be able to thrive in the work we do as well.
Staff pic labeled with their work title
How long has the nominee worked at Cal? 
3 years

What does the nominee love about working at UC Berkeley? 
The ability to talk and hear about a variety of issues that don't seem to be of discussion at other organizations. Also, UC Berkeley's diverse and vibrant culture.

What makes the nominee a star, what sets them apart from their colleagues? 
Harpreet brings true compassion and deliberate kindness to the workplace each and every day. Good listener and empathy!

What tip would the nominee pass on to other staff to thrive on campus?
Pursue networking on campus and always follow through on the commitments and promises you make. Don't take criticism from someone you won't take advice from.

What can we find the nominee doing on the weekends?
Playing with her daughter, baking, or on a hike with her one-year-old daughter and her husband!
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Campus News
  • "Pass the Mic: Pre-recorded conversations with leaders or staff groups in all areas across the campus." The Berkeley Staff Assembly's Programs and Events committee is planning to roll out this new series. These 20 minute conversations are intended for staff to find short, informative, and useful information. To better guide our committee's selection of speakers, staff groups, and topics, we ask you to complete this 2-Question anonymous survey.
  • Fixed Winter Curtailment Days: December 23, 28, 29, 30, 2020, and January 4, 2021. Be in the know about the upcoming holidays and campus closure days that are part of the campus Winter Curtailment and plan accordingly. This is separate from any kind of curtailment that UCOP is proposing to the UC Regents. 
  • Back-Up Dependent Care Program: Bright Horizons Back-Up Care benefits is a program to help you find fully screened, vetted care you can trust in a nearby center or your own home. Easy to book and confirm for available service, if you are planning to participate, make sure you understand the tax implications.
  • Sponsored Tuition Program ending: Due to ongoing budget challenges, the Sponsored Tuition Program for staff with University Extension (UNEX), is being suspended effective December 31 2020. Eligible staff will continue to be allowed to enroll in and take classes until Dec 31, 2020.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our LinkedIn Learning courses and various classes offered in UC Learning Center 
Lights and a green leaf
  • Healthier Holiday Treats: TODAY, December 1 | 12:10 pm -1:00 pm | Join instructor Kim Guess, RD, for a cook well workshop featuring cookies, cakes, and candies! Stand out from the crowd with unique holiday treats this year and save money by making your own gifts.
  • Dancing for fun and fitness: December 4 | 12:10 pm -1:00 pm | Join instructor Nadia Qabazard for some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner Zumba/Samba dance classes.  
  • UC Diabetes Prevention Program Info Session: December 9 | 12:10 pm -1:00 pm | This is a campus-based small-group, one year healthy lifestyle program that uses a scientifically based approach to help you make important lifestyle changes. Trained lifestyle coaches lead one-hour sessions virtually. Find more information on the website.
  • Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief: December 11 | 12:10 pm -1:00 pm | Join instructor Lauri Ferris to learn basic yoga and breathing techniques to transform your practice into moving meditation.   
Surviving the Holidays: Three tips for making the holidays more meaningful than they are stressful

Events and Resources

  • Berkeley Art Studio Virtual Holiday Pop-Up Shop: December 5 – 12 | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Online Store-Pick Up at Cal Student Store or Ship. Pottery, jewelry, paintings, drawings, holiday decorations, greeting cards, and more! The Berkeley Art Studio will be opening its online store of artisan crafts. All work is made by local artists and craftspeople. Proceeds benefit artists and creative programs for UC Berkeley students.
  • Whimsical Wonderland of Lights “Entwined”: December 10 - February 2021 | Sundown to 10:00 pm | San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, will honor Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary. The Entwined installation creates a whimsical wonderland where visitors can explore paths and sit under a grove of three entwined sculptural trees while practicing social distancing. The trees range from 12 to 20 feet tall with illuminated canopies as large as 30 feet, filling the meadow with changing light.
  • Caregiver Connect for Caregivers of Elders: TODAY, December 1 | 11:00 am -12:00 pm | Caregivers are dealing with unique challenges at this time. These small group meetings held the first Tuesday of every month. will focus on a different topic each month. The format will consist of a brief introduction by Maureen Kelly, LCSW, BWAW Elder Care Counselor, with discussion and Q & A to follow.
  • How to Find Some Gratitude During the Pandemic Holidays: Read this article provided by the Greater Good Science Center to find out how researcher Nathan Greene explores the place of gratitude in hard times.
Social Justice:
  • Memory and Memorials in a Contested Age: (Re)making Sense: December 2 | 5:00 pm | Join the Humanities and Pandemic Culture Panel Discussion. At a time when conversation across political and racial lines seems both fragile and necessary, it is crucial that we begin to reimagine a usable past. The humanities and arts, as disciplines deeply invested in the practices of memory, can help begin this reconsideration. Tune into this live streamed event. 
  • Six Tips for Speaking Up Against Bad Behavior: Read this article provided by the Greater Good Science Center, by Psychologist Catherine Sanderson, which explains how to be more courageous in speaking up about bad behavior, from offensive speech to harmful actions.

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More UCB Events
Professional Development
  • Microsoft Excel VBA Function Programming: December 3 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | This course details the process by which custom, user-defined functions are created using the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming language. Once defined, VBA functions may be used in Microsoft Excel to produce custom calculated outcomes that extend beyond the capabilities of the standard Excel function library.

  • Informational Interviewing Workshop: December 9 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Thinking about an interesting career move? Have questions about the field or how to get there? Expand your career strategy toolkit by learning how to conduct effective informational interviews.

  • Microsoft Word Advanced Visual Design Course: December 9 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Learn how to manage and enhance the layout and appearance of document content and embedded Objects. Learning objectives include document security settings, enhancing document files using Cover Pages, Tables of Contents, Watermarks, and much more.  

  • Interests in Life and Work Workshop: December 17 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Clarify how your interests influence the work you enjoy through the Strong Interest Inventory. Explore how interests relate to job families and opportunities on campus. Attend this workshop to enhance your career development!
Working Remotely Resources
"Uhh You're frozen, I can't hear you": 
Watch this 6 minute video to learn why your internet connection randomly stops working! Source: Google Grow YouTube PlayList
November was American Indian Heritage Month! Many organizations such as the UC system, Library of Congress, Smithsonian, and many more have placed recorded events and webinars online. Here are some resources listed below to continue celebrating! 
  • UC systemwide Flu Shot Policy: As of November 1, 2020, all employees who access UC property will need to have obtained a flu vaccine or applicable exemption or accommodation to continue to work on campus. Policy aims to reduce impact on our healthcare system during the fall and winter from the flu and COVID-19.  
Thriving through the holidays message on wood with Chritsmas decorations
  • What are you thankful in 2020?: Using the six-word memoir created by the author Larry Smith, please submit six words describing what you are thankful for in 2020. Your entries will be highlighted in our January Newsletter anonymously. Find the article here!
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