Dear CUCSA Friends and Affiliates,

A series of violent, hateful and utterly unprovoked attacks against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders has occurred throughout the state and the nation. Black, Native, Latinx, and other People of Color have been victimized and traumatized as well.  This violence is not random or isolated. Bias and prejudice have a long and troubled history, and the pandemic has fueled xenophobia and hatred. CUCSA expresses solidarity with and sympathy for all in our community and beyond who have been hurt, frightened and traumatized by these vile, racist incidents.

The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) Leadership and Delegation denounce racism and xenophobia in all its forms!

We will stand together in support of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues. In doing so, we contribute to a long history of solidarity work across racial and ethnic lines to fight systemic racism, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and colonialism.  We want to promote making an effort to understand and support anti-racism practices on and off campus. You can be an agent of social change!

For those who may be in need, here are a couple of resources:

  • If you’d like to talk to a counselor, please contact your local Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.
  • Stop AAPI Hate tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide.

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.

CUCSA 2021-2022

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. This year’s meetings are:

  • September 1-3, 2021 CUCSA Meeting – UC San Diego (Remote)
  • December 1-3, 2021 CUCSA Meeting – UC Davis (Remote)
  • March 2-4, 2022 CUCSA Meeting – UC Santa Cruz (Modality Pending)
  • June 1-3, 2022 CUCSA Meeting – UC Berkeley (Modality Pending)

Each year, the delegation organizes into specific work groups that focus on staff needs and concerns. This year’s workgroups are as follows:

Anti-Racism
The last couple of years, in particular, have been traumatic and have impacted the lives of many staff throughout the UC. Last year’s CUCSA delegation had many discussions around the experiences of BIPOC staff and the ways to best support those who are particularly challenged and for that reason this workgroup was created. This workgroup will examine how the University can help become an anti-racist organization for staff through the contributions of CUCSA and the staff assemblies.

Engagement Survey
Every two years, the survey invites a random sampling of policy-covered staff to participate from across the UC System. In the most recent 2021 Engagement Survey, we had the highest participation rate to date with 54% of invitees having taken the survey.  It is the charge of the CUCSA delegates to review these results for their corresponding locations in order to identify areas of concern and create action items to address those opportunities. Although this is done on a regular basis, the way the results are interpreted and acted upon differs greatly by campus/location. This workgroup aims to create guidelines and best practices around using the survey results most effectively across the system.

Internal Operations
Issues of staff compensation is one of the most pressing concerns on most staff members’ minds. This work group focuses on the overall compensation package at the University of California, future impacts that may affect the retention of staff over the long term as well as recruiting the most competitive candidates that come to UC.