Council of University of California Staff Assemblies



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.
The constituency of the Council is understood to be staff employees of the University of California. The Council is involved in matters of interest and concern to those who are not exclusively represented and may address matters not within the scope of representation for those exclusively represented.



Fall Meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: September 7 - 9, 2016

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September 7 - 9, 2016, the CUCSA delegation gathered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for our quarterly meeting.  Since this was the inaugural meeting of the 2016-2017 delegation, the opening day was spent becoming oriented to CUCSA protocols and expectations, beginning to scope workgroup projects, and participating in a team building activity with LBNL Workforce Development and Education.  The activity involved working on science experiments and the delegation had an opportunity to display their skills in planning, creativity and adaptability.  These skills will come on handy for this term’s workgroups:  Financial Literacy, Government Advocacy, Internal Operations, Mental Wellness, and Staff Diversity. 


On day two, speakers included: Ramamoorthy Ramesh (Associate Laboratory Director/Professor, LBNL), Vera Potapenko (Chief Human Resources Officer, LBNL), Cindy Simmons (Associate Director, UC Center Sacramento), Pamela Brown (Vice President of Institutional Research and Academic Planning, UCOP), Hyun Swanson (Manager Benefits Education, UCOP), Matt Newton (Vice President/Workplace Regional Manager, Fidelity), Glenda Humiston (Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources), LaWana Richmond and Jason Valdry (Staff Advisors to the Regents).  This informative day was topped off by a reception with members of LBNL staff support organizations. 


On Friday, the delegation heard presentations from Blake Simmons (Division Director, LBNL), Dwaine Duckett (Vice President Systemwide Human Resources, UCOP), Terry Barton (Director Systemwide Staff Development Programs, UCOP) and Lady Idos (Senior Diversity and Inclusion Analyst, LBNL).  In addition, the delegation discussed wellness initiatives across the system and began to explore how Staff Assembly might further support campuses’ wellness efforts.  This is a natural follow-up to CUCSA’s Wellness workgroup of 2015-2016.  The September meeting was a great success and the delegation is appreciative of the efforts of LBNL CUCSA delegates Rachel Carl and Nick Everson, Jaymey Butler (Principal Conference Planner), and a myriad of additional volunteers.



Summer Meeting at UCOP: June 1-3, 2016


June 1 – 3, 2016, the CUCSA delegation gathered at Office of the President for our quarterly meeting.  The delegation attended and conducted presentations, participated in networking events, explored local staff assembly best practices, and began to identify topics for future workgroups.

The opening day featured presentations and Q&A with systemwide staff HR and the Academic Senate.  Guest speakers included:  Heather Pineda (Senior Consultant, HR-Benefits Programs and Strategy, UCOP), Dan Hare (Faculty Representative to the Regents and Chair of the UC Academic Senate), and Jim Chalfant (Faculty Representative to the Regents and Vice Chair of the UC Academic Senate). On day two, speakers included:  Cheryl Lloyd (Chief Risk Office, UCOP) Arthur Guimaraes (Associate Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer, UCOP) and De Acker and LaWana Richmond (Staff Advisors to the Regents).  On Friday, the delegation was joined by University of California President, Janet Napolitano, and Thera Kalmijn (Executive Director of Operations, UCOP).

President Napolitano presented on the overarching UC strategy and updated the delegation on efforts to support professional development. She offered sincere appreciation for the staff and all of the hard work they do for the University. The delegation had a lively discussion with the President and is thankful for her candid responses and ongoing support.  Finally, CUCSA thanked departing delegates for their service and recognized our outgoing chair, Greta Carl-Halle.

A full meeting summary is posted HERE.


CUCSA 2016 - 2017

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The CUCSA delegation meets quarterly for 2 1/2 days to share organizational best practices, communicate and collaborate on issues of concern for UC Staff.

The 2016 - 17 meetings are:

This year, the delegation will be examining the following topics:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Government Advocacy
  • Internal Operations
  • Mental Health
  • Staff Diversity

Regular updates and the results of the delegates' work will be posted on the website so visit often!

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