Council of University of California Staff Assemblies

June 2016 meeting summary



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) While speaking with the Academic Senate reps, CUCSA emphasized staff’s role in and deep dedication to supporting the academic mission and faculty success. We asked that faculty continue to advocate for and with staff on key initiatives so that we are all better able to help UC students be successful.

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).  The delegation learned more about the University’s financial health and strategy going forward. While the governor and the legislature have made more resources available to the University at large, many of the campuses still face financial challenges. Therefore, CUCSA encourages all staff and concerned community members to advocate for the University of California System and remind of state legislators to actively public education.

On Friday, the delegation was joined by University of California President, Janet Napolitano, and Thera Kalmijn (Executive Director of Operations, UCOP). Executive Director Kalmijn provided the delegation with an overview of Office of the President Operations, while 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. During her term, Greta enthusiastically championed staff and helped to grow CUCSA’s profile. We are deeply grateful to Greta for her dedication and service and know that she will continue to be a leader for staff in her roles with ABOG, the assembly at UCSB and the UC as large.  

In this next academic year, delegates will initiate new workgroups and focus on helping campuses address the Engagement Survey results through campuses’ local action plans. Updates will be posted on the CUCSA webpage and on Facebook. For more information on this meeting and past meetings, please visit the CUCSA Meeting Notes page by clicking HERE.