The original concept of the University of California Staff Assemblies (hereafter referred to as the Council) was, and remains, an assembly of staff dedicated to improving communications between University of California (UC) administrators and staff, and between staff at UC locations (Office of the President, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and all ten campuses). The Council’s objective is to provide service to the University by advising and providing a staff perspective to decision makers.

November 26, 1974 The University of California Staff Employee Associations was founded.
July 18, 1975 The Council was Chartered with delegates from six campuses.
1976-1977 Chair of the Council served on two University-wide committees.
1977-1978 Council chair and members were invited to Charter Day at the UC Berkeley campus. A Council member was selected to serve on the Systemwide Affirmative Action Committee. President David Saxon met with the Council at the June conference.
1978-1979 Office of the President agreed to pay travel expenses for one delegate from each campus. The Council name was changed dropping the word “employee.”
1979-1980 The President appointed one Council delegate to three Campus Advisory Committees. The Assistant Vice President Archie Kleingartner recommended that the Santa Barbara project on Quality of Work-Life serve as an educational tool for managers.
1981-1982 Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA), was adopted. The CUCSA Chair was appointed to the President’s Sexual Harassment Task Force. President Saxon indicated it was appropriate to utilize staff in committee assignments. CUCSA delegates were given opportunities to serve on selection committees for Chancellors and the President. The CUCSA Chair participated in welcoming ceremonies for President Jack Peltason and in Charter Day ceremonies.
1993-1994 CUCSA Chair and Vice Chair participated in an All University Long-Range Academic Planning Retreat and presented issues of concern to the newly formed Academic Planning Council. Office of the President and its liaison to CUCSA, Assistant Vice President Lubbe Levin, requested that staff serve on committees.
1998-1999 Faculty/Staff Partnership Task Force was formed jointly by the Academic Council and CUCSA. Chair of the Academic Council and Chair of CUCSA co-chaired a project to promote partnerships between faculty and staff for the advancement of the mission of the University.
2000-2001 UC Merced delegates joined CUCSA for the first time. Four critical areas were identified and task forces formed: Housing, Communication, Morale, and Training.
2001-2002 Special challenges arose on September 11, 2001 as the world watched planes fly into the Twin Towers in New York. There was a State budget crisis. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) hosted its first CUCSA meeting. CUCSA presented a statement to the Regents expressing unanimous support for relative equity benefits for non-traditional families.
2002-2003 CUCSA was invited to participate in the Staff Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President. CUCSA was visited by two sitting Presidents of the University of California-Richard Atkinson and Robert Dynes-a first in CUCSA history.
2003-2004 A standing Diversity Committee was formed by CUCSA in response to President Dynes’ declaration that diversity was among his highest priorities for the university. Delegates from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were added and, for the first time, all UC locations were present at CUCSA, making CUCSA a truly systemwide association.
2004-2005 The Board of Regents voted to approve a recommendation by President Dynes that staff be included at The Regents table as Staff Advisors. For the first time staff would be members of two Regental committees-the Committee on Educational Policy and the Committee on Grounds and Buildings.
2005-2006 There was close collaboration between CUCSA’s Workforce Evolution Committee and the Office of the President regarding issues of succession planning. Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory participated for the last time at the June meeting due to UC losing its management contract over the Labs.
2006-2007 The Board of Regents voted to have a Staff Advisor and a Staff Advisor Designate as permanent members at their table. Under this program, two staff, or non-Senate academic employees, serves as non-voting advisors to designated Regents’ committees. In celebration of this monumental event, a CUCSA Reunion Event was sponsored by UCOP at UCLA in June of 2007. The Wellness Initiative was previewed.
2007-2008 President Dynes announced his resignation as of June 30, 2008. Members of CUCSA were called upon to serve on the Staff Advisory Committee to the Regents for the selection of our next President.
2008-2009 In August 2008 the Chair resigned. Per the Bylaws, the Chair Elect stepped up to take on the role of Chair. An election was held in November to elect a new Secretary and Vice Chair.
2009 CUCSA Chair appointed to serve on Presidential Task Force Pension Benefits Work Team.
2010 CUCSA Leadership invited to meet quarterly with UC President Yudof; CUCSA Chair participated in UC Advocacy Day; CUCSA Chair-Elect appointed to the Commission on the Future of UC Funding Strategies Working Group; UCFW and CUCSA initiates work group to explore educational benefits for dependents; UCOP initiates review of educational benefits for employees and dependents.
2011 CUCSA Chair invited to serve on Campus Climate Study Team.
2012 CUCSA Chair invited to serve on search committee for new UC Provost. CUCSA conducted the first systemwide Staff Engagement survey for policy covered staff
2013 CUCSA was invited to participate in the Staff Advisory Committee for the Selection of the UC President.
2014 CUCSA is asked to recommend a staff member to serve on the  UC Task Force and Implementation Team on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Climate and Inclusion
2015 CUCSA Chair invited to serve on the President’s Retirement Options Task Force. CUCSA conducted the second systemwide staff engagement survey for policy covered staff
A proposal of recommendations was submitted by CUCSA to President Napolitano regarding wellness initiatives systemwide; CUCSA members participated in a wellness planning session to formulate a comprehensive Wellness Program. Two CUCSA delegates are asked to sit on a Veterans Re-Entry Program Workgroup.