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Celebrating LatinX Heritage Month!

Staff Organization: Alianza
A Chicanx/Latinx Staff Organization 
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What is Alianza's mission?
The Alianza Staff Organization is committed to community building, professional development, and promotion of Chicanx/Latinx staff at UC Berkeley.

How does Alianza benefit UC Berkeley staff?
Alianza enables community engagement and networking opportunities for UC Berkeley Chicanx/Latinx staff, highlighting relevant stories, opportunities, and resources to maintain a united community and help empower staff at all levels. 

How can UC Berkeley staff get involved with Alianza?
  • Attend our monthly meetings - 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 3rd Tuesdays of the month (via Zoom). 
  • Sign up for our newsletter - Includes Alianza events, campus news, professional development opportunities, and more. Visit our newsletter archive.
  • Provide insights - Volunteer to present on a career topic at a future Alianza general meeting.
  • Connect with us on social media - Linkedin, Facebook
  • If you have something you think is relevant and of interest to Alianza members, please contact us at
In what kinds of events and/or outreach does Alianza engage? 
Alianza hosts events and workshops based on what our members suggest during brainstorming sessions and surveys. This year our annual Latinx Heritage Month Celebration will be a series of virtual events. This is the first time it will be virtual and we are excited to see how this digital format can bring new folks into Alianza. We hope you can join us! (Sign up for our newsletter to get more info).

What’s the best thing about being part of Alianza?
The opportunity to connect with folks across campus that you wouldn’t otherwise engage with, who are also Latinx. There are a variety of cultures and interests present at Alianza, and folks that want to join are always welcome! 

Name one thing that someone can learn by being part of Alianza?
A great deal about campus-wide resources and initiatives impacting the Latinx community such as the Council of Ethnic Staff Organizations (CESO) and the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Taskforce.

What are Alianza's current and future goals?
Like many staff organizations during this time, we are trying to do our best to continue building community during our current working-from-home situation. Our priority is that UC Berkeley staff members are taking care of themselves during these trying times. We want to be a place where Latinx staff can come to and find community, support, and feel acknowledged. We also want to collaborate with other staff organizations, and to ultimately continue to act as a resource on Chicanx/Latinx issues relating to campus policies, employment, and academic concerns.

Visit Alianza's webpage to learn more about Alianza, its leadership team, and meeting schedule.
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Events are scheduled for September 15th, 23rd and October 1st, 13th, 20th | 12:00 -1:00 pm. Please sign-up to receive updates for registration.
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Campus News
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  • On Equal Terms: Unsung Heroines of UC Berkeley: In honor of the 150 Years of Women at Berkeley project, Berkeley News conducted a series of Q&As featuring 18 female staffers from all corners of the campus. Read their inspiring stories.
  • Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) Townhall hosted by UCI September 4th at 9:30 am join your UC system wide colleagues to discuss: basic needs with an emphasis on mental health, alternative work arrangements with an emphasis on telecommuting, and staff advocacy with an emphasis on compensation. Zoom link.
  • Oski Xpress: Starting on Sept. 8th, the Library will provide a contactless pickup service at Moffitt Library for all borrowers who have a current Cal 1 Card or a UC Berkeley Library card.
  • New Flu Vaccination Requirement for UC students, Faculty and Staff: The University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a system wide executive order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before November 1, 2020. Read the announcement.
  • New regulations regarding sexual misconduct: The University of California Office of the President has revised the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment policy for all UC campuses. This change complies with new Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education, which went into effect Aug. 14. The Path to Care Center continues to offer support and guidance, even during pandemic conditions. Read the updated policy.
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  • 4-week Healthy Lifestyle Program: Jumpstart a new healthy lifestyle at home with this free interactive virtual program that will equip you with the skills you need to get started. September 22 - October 16 | Tuesdays & Thursdays |12:10-1:00 pm. Register now.
  • The Outdoors & Your Well-Being Webinar: This interactive webinar will explore the benefits of the outdoors and share safe ways to enjoy nature, and provide local Bay Area resources. September 15 | 12:10-1:00 pm. Register now.
  • Caring for Families website: Learn about new dependent care policies. Also check out the new care-matching tool, Berkeley CareBubbles, to help members of the UC Berkeley community find others with whom to trade or share care.
  • COVID-19 Staff Dependent Care Support: The web page includes resources for COVID-19 dependent care leave options, caregiver support, and dependent care needs.
  • Wildfire Smoke / Air Quality: Smoke from wildfires in Northern California may contribute to poor air quality in the Bay Area during the fire season. These tips and resources from University Health Services help you be prepared.
  • DIY Air Purifier: In a pinch, and for temporary use in an emergency, you can rig up your own air purifier for a reasonably low cost.

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Art, Family, Social Justice, & More!


  • BAMPFA Virtual Tour | Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective: September 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Join us for an NPN Social Hour hosted by BAMPFA. Our museum colleagues will briefly discuss their roles at the university’s visual arts center and introduce their latest exhibit - a groundbreaking retrospective on the artist Rosie Lee Tompkins. Zoom meeting link will be shared with the NPN listserv by Tuesday, September 22. To request the link or join our listserv, email

  • Cal Performances At Home: This new streaming series will bring 15 full length theater and musical performances directly into your home! Along with lectures, interviews and educational content for a new enhanced more intimate and approximate live performance experience in the time of COVID.


  • SF MOMA: Looking for more activities to supplement remote learning? Here are educational resources including discussion questions for artworks, lesson plans, graphic organizers and worksheets, artist interviews, animations, and more.
  • Fall educational program for children of essential employees: Rec Sports is offering a special fall program for children, ages 5-11, of UC Berkeley essential faculty and staff – featuring a full-day of educational enrichment and recreational activities at Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area. Sessions are available throughout the fall. Space is limited.

Social Justice:

  • Race, the power of an illusion: the difference between us, biological or social determinants Live Webcast September 11 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | The first of a three-part series organized by the Othering and Belonging Institute. Event will consist of a one-hour screening of the award-winning docuseries Race, The Power of an illusion: The Difference Between Us (Part 1), followed by a one-hour live-streamed panel discussion on the biological versus social determinants of race. 
  • Black Minds Matter: A free online video course facilitated by J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. and Donna Y Ford, Ph.D. that seeks to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black children in education. Video here. 

  • Dismantling Racism Study & Action Staff Group: The Dismantling Racism Study & Action Group for justice, liberation, and belonging at UC Berkeley is a volunteer organization, made up primarily of UC Berkeley staff but also welcoming student and faculty participants. Join the group.

  • Berkeley Talks:The power of mentorship, sisterhood in politics: This discussion was part of the Bay Area Women in Politics Oral History Project, which highlights the work of women leaders in the Bay Area.

  • (ILL)Logic: Rethinking the Covid-19 story: The Othering & Belonging Institute introduces this new digital series to challenge Covid-19 narratives that are not only flawed or false, but are being strategically wielded by political actors to avoid culpability for avoidable suffering.
  • Cal Black student-athletes: "The change starts now" - Watch this moving and powerful video.
  • Preparing for Wildfire: Being in the midst of another wildfire season, it's important for staff to be aware of what campus is doing and to learn about the available resources if they are directly impacted by the wildfires.
  • Berkeley mobile app: If you have a smartphone, you might want to get the UC Berkeley Mobile App (“Bk”) (iPhone; Android). It has been upgraded substantially with information about service availability, COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 news, and other useful information about campus activity (or non-activity). It also includes the daily symptom screener, for those who are working on campus, as an alternative to the web browser version.

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More UCB Events
Professional Development
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  • Brown Bag Networking Lunch: September 9 | 12-1:00 p.m. | Meet staff from across campus while exchanging opportunities and resources! There will be an opportunity for small group discussions in break out rooms. Feel free to enjoy your lunch during the meeting. Zoom meeting link will be shared with the NPN listserv by Tuesday, September 8. To request the link or join our listserv, email

  • Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Work and Family (CACWF) - Call for membership nominations 2020-2021: CACWF invites membership nominations and self-nominations from campus community members who want to support dependent care needs and who seek leadership experience and service opportunities on the UC Berkeley campus. Visit the CACWF webpage for summaries of activities and briefing statements, as well as its mission statement and current membership roster. Applications must be received by September 9, 2020. Apply now.
  • Women in Tech Virtual Panel: Altered Environments, New Opportunities: September 10 | 4:00 - 5::30 pm. Join UCI Women in Tech for a dynamic conversation exploring ways that women can adapt and thrive during this period of unprecedented change. This inaugural event features a keynote delivered by an expert in remote workplaces, followed by a diverse panel sharing perspectives on finding and sustaining success following the (overnight) pandemic-driven shift to a virtual workplace. Register now. 

  • Counter Potential Unconscious Bias: In this online course offered by LinkedIn Learning, diversity expert Stacey Gordon helps you recognize and acknowledge your own biases so that you can identify them when making decisions, and prevent yourself from making calls based on a biased viewpoint. Course Info here!

  • Sponsored Tuition Program: People & Culture in cooperation with UC Berkeley Extension continue to provide tuition assistance, now up to $5250 each year, for eligible employees. More information about the program. 

  • Race Matters: A guide from People & Culture to assist leaders in supporting and engaging with their staff on matters of race. Guide found here. 

Working Remotely Resources
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  • Social Engineering Toolkit: Did you hear about the recent Twitter breach? Did you know it was pulled off by a 17 year old who phished several Twitter employees into giving up their credentials? Learn how to avoid these types of attacks with the Social Engineering Toolkit created by the Information Security Office.
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Vote November 3rd!
Preview the November Ballot: Visit this Cal Matters page to read about the propositions that will be on California's November ballot.

Check your voter status/Register to vote: California voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot with prepaid postage for the election. To make sure you get your ballot, double-check your voter registration status.
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Essential Staff on Campus!
Faculty Club open for takeout: If you’re authorized to work on campus and looking for lunch options, The Faculty Club is open for takeout from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. All orders are $10 and come with an entree, choice of bag of chips or fries and a soda. Free delivery is available for departmental orders of 10 or more. Check out the menu.
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