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UCLA Staff Assembly
September 3, 2020
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Staff Assembly News
  • Thank you for joining Staff Appreciation Week!
  • Thank You to Our Partners for Our Raffle Prize
  • Be the Staff Voice on a UCLA Campus Committee
  • UCLA Staff Assembly Learn @ Lunch: Covid-19
  • Meet Jessica Alexander, Staff Assembly President 
Announcements
  • Vickie Mays named special advisor to the chancellor on Black life
  • UCU Pays Your Closing Costs!
  • Tune into the LiveWell Podcast!
  • Zero Waste Activities Blog
Events
  • Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) Townhall | Friday 9/4
  • Meditation & Movement for Black Bruins | Monday 9/7
  • UCLA Staff Assembly Learn @ Lunch: Covid-19 | Tuesday 9/14
  • [Save the Date] Emerging Research Speakers Series | Wednesday 9/30
STAFF ASSEMBLY NEWS
Staff Appreciation Video

Thank you for joining Staff Appreciation Week!

Thank You to Our Partners for Our Raffle Prizes

We want to thank UCLA Staff with some amazing raffle prizes from our generous partners: UCLA Office of the Chancellor, ASUCLA, UCLA Store, and Wescom,  

Winners will be notified via email with details on prize redemption. Check out a few of our winners announced on Instagram.

UCLA Store

Wescom - #BetterBanking4Bruins ASUCLA - Associated Students UCLA

Be the Staff Voice on a UCLA Campus Committee

UCLA maintains several committees to address and support various initiatives affecting the entire campus.  Staff Assembly hosts one or more positions on these committees to ensure the staff perspective is heard and considered.

Are you passionate about any of these topics?

  • Supporting students via the Student Conduct Committee
  • How UCLA strives to focus on sustainability
  • Finding solutions to support persons with disabilities

If you are, submit your interest to participate as a staff representative on one of the committees.  Detailed descriptions of each committee is available on the UCLA Campus Committee Representative Interest Form.

Submit Your Interest
L@L COVID-19 with Dr. Omai Garner

UCLA Staff Assembly Learn @ Lunch: Covid-19

Omai's lab performs all of the infectious disease diagnostic testing for UCLA Health, including Covid-19 testing. Come hear the latest!

UCLA Staff Assembly hosts regular Learn-at-Lunch events for all UCLA employees. This month we are excited to feature a talk from Dr. Omai Garner on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM.

Ever wonder what is happening behind the scenes when a COVID-19 test leaves your hands and is sent off for processing? Come and find out how much work it takes to process the tests, why false positives or negatives appear, and so much more! This Learn-at-Lunch which will include an overview of the infectious disease diagnostic testing by Omai Garner, who is a faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and the Director of the UCLA Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. His lab performs all of the infectious disease diagnostic testing for the UCLA Health System. They perform all of the COVID-19 diagnostic testing (PCR and Serology) for the Health System.

We will learn about all the work that goes into infectious disease testing, and leave time for a live Q&A session at the end.

Register for L@L

Meet Jessica Alexander, Staff Assembly President 

Featured in the UCLA Newsroom: From eager Bruin freshman to Staff Assembly president, Jessica Alexander shares how she started as a UCLA student mentor at UniCamp and student position at Associated Student UCLA, then returned to work at UCLA in 2017 as a staff.

Learn more about Jessica 's and her agenda for 2020 - 2021 year as Staff Assembly President.

Read Article
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vickie Mays named special advisor to the chancellor on Black life

Vickie MaysChancellor Gene Block sent the following message to the UCLA campus community August 31, 2020:

Across our nation, and indeed the world, institutions of every type are wrestling with how to vanquish structural racism and inequality. The success of UCLA’s efforts in this realm is central to the overall success of our university’s mission.

To help UCLA become a more equitable institution, to build upon our support for Black scholarship and teaching, and to help enhance the campus climate for all Black Bruins and their allies, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Vickie Mays as Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Black Life. This appointment is one of several commitments that Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter and I made to the UCLA community in our June 30 message, “Rising to the Challenge.”

Read Chancellor's Full Message
UCU Saves You Money!

UCU Pays Your Closing Costs!

When you finance your home with UCU, we’ll save you thousands of dollars by paying your closing costs!
 
As the credit union founded by UCLA employees for Bruins in 1951, UCU wants to extend an exclusive offer to UCLA and UCLA Health employees to say thank you for your service! We’ve lowered our rates to near historic lows, and when you finance your home through UCU, you’ll enjoy:

  • 30-year jumbo and high-balance loans as low as 3.500% fixed rate (3.526% APR)*
  • All closing costs paid by UCU

*Certain restrictions and limitations apply. Click here for additional details.
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Tune into the LiveWell Podcast!


In just a short time, our lives have changed dramatically. COVID-19 has challenged us all in different ways to cope, adapt, and grow. In our special series of the LiveWell podcast, "6-Feet Apart", we will be interviewing leaders around the world about how we can transition into this new way of life while maintaining all dimensions of our health. We hope that by tuning in, you will feel more empowered with the knowledge and resources to face these uncertain times.
Listen to LiveWell Podcast

Zero Waste Activities Blog 


As many of us are balancing work, school, and home duties, the UCLA Zero Waste Ambassadors have launched an activities blog for children that focuses on the importance of environmental protection while learning about zero waste principles, such as reuse and upcycling.  Join us on our global journey to the oceans, forests, and other habitats! You can register for free to access the Box link with activities. 
 
A third week of activities and additional resources will be uploaded in the near future, so check back soon.  We are also planning a virtual tour of the Materials Recovery Facility, where our recyclables are brought for sorting.  Those who have signed up for the Activities Blog will be the first to be notified about the tour.
 
The Zero Waste Ambassadors are a group of students who work with UCLA’s Zero Waste Coordinator and are passionate about sustainability and decreasing our environmental impact.  Follow us on Instagram for tips and tricks and learn more about the Zero Waste Initiative!
Get Access to Activities Blog for Kids
EVENTS
Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) Townhall
Friday, September 4
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join colleagues across the UC System in connecting with the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA). For 45 years, CUCSA has served the UC by increasing communication between UC leadership and staff. This is your opportunity to hear from CUCSA about what we do and how we serve the UC, as well as, provide CUCSA the opportunity to hear from staff about concerns and topics that are important at this time.
 
Meditation & Movement for Black Bruins
Monday, September 7
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
The RISE Center is hosting Virtual Healing spaces for Black Students, Staff and Faculty in the UCLA Community. Participants are invited into a supportive community to experience trauma-informed and healing-centered practices for resilience, self-care, well-being, and insight. 

UCLA Staff Assembly Learn @ Lunch: Covid-19
Tuesday, September 15
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCLA Staff Assembly hosts regular Learn-at-Lunch events for all UCLA employees. This month we are excited to feature a talk from Dr. Omai Garner. Omai's lab performs all of the infectious disease diagnostic testing for UCLA Health, including Covid-19 testing. Come hear the latest!
 

[Save the Date] Emerging Research Speakers Series

Wednesday, September 30
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Save the date for the first Emerging Research Speakers Series presented by UCLA Staff Assembly. Registration available in next newsletter.

 

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