Sharing your input on diversity, equity and inclusion
The world is focused on fighting anti-Black racism, which has shone a spotlight on the necessity of our critically reviewing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) challenges at UC ANR and developing actionable plans to address them. Everyone's ideas and input are critical to improving DEI in our organization, just as everyone's actions will be part of the solution. I know each of us as individuals has been engaged in deep reflection about how we can create change, both personally and professionally, and I ask you to share your thoughts.
Here are some ways to share your input:
- DEI is an aspect of nearly all the goals in the updated version of the UC ANR strategic plan that is launching this summer and is identified specifically in Goal 6, “Improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” The July 16 town hall meeting will be focused on opportunities to engage with leadership and your colleagues on improving the future of UC ANR and input sessions will follow in July and August. Individual Zoom input sessions will be held in REC conference rooms in order to ensure that staff without internet access can participate in providing input on the strategic plan.
- The August 20 town hall will address the results of the ANR@Work survey, both overall and in relation to improving diversity, equity and inclusion.
- We will implement a “Coffee Hour with Senior Leadership” recurring event beginning in July to provide a regular opportunity for staff to have conversations with me and other senior leaders concerning DEI or any other topics you wish to discuss.
- If you have other ideas about how to get more voices involved in shaping UC ANR, please send an email to email@example.com.
Additionally, Strategic Communications is developing an anti-racism resources page similar to this page from UC Berkeley and other UC pages. There are also some resources on the Learning and Development site. Please send your ideas and suggestions for additional resources to include to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome your suggestions for resources related to other marginalized groups to help build content that addresses the breadth of DEI. We recognize ANR can do more as an organization to make learning resources available and to create space for self-reflection and critical conversations.
Juneteenth, widely celebrated in African American communities as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” marks the date of June 19, 1865, when the federal orders were read by Union Colonel Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, informing more than 250,000 still-enslaved Blacks that they had their freedom. The notice came to slaves in the state of Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which became official on January 1, 1863.
Although Juneteenth is not a federal holiday, most states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation recognizing it as a holiday or observance. California recognizes the third Saturday of June in each year as Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A Day of Observance.
Like many across the UC system, I encourage all colleagues to observe Friday, June 19, as a moment to reflect on our country, its treatment of Black, brown and Native American peoples, and to consider how UC values can help guide us into the future.
I agree with Executive Vice President and COO Rachael Nava that “Acknowledging the significance of Juneteenth is a good place to start thinking about how we lift each other up rather than holding some among us down. Though many attempts have been made to make Juneteenth an official federal holiday, until that happens, I encourage all supervisors and managers to make a point of allowing employees to use vacation or accrued time off to celebrate Juneteenth freely and with the full pride of UC behind them.”
Due to COVID-19, many Juneteenth celebrations have moved online and a selection of events are listed below:
- BSFO's Juneteenth Virtual Mixer Zoom – 6/19 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. To join BSFO, email BSFO-UCOP@ucop.edu
- MOAD SF's Juneteenth Harlem of the West Presentation
- Juneteenth - Dia de Los Negros
- Riverside Juneteenth Celebration
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture- The Coming of Freedom Celebrating Juneteenth
Pride Film Fest
Please be reminded that the ANR Pride Film Fest continues tomorrow night at 6 pm. Register for the Film Fest at http://ucanr.edu/pride2020 to get the Zoom link.
June 17: Kiki (2017) 1 hour, 34 min. – If anyone wondered where Madonna heard about "voguing," the documentary "Paris is Burning" was the answer. "Kiki" is another deep dive into the same scene. It's an intimate look at a marginalized community, many of whom rely on the various neighborhood clubs for support systems that don't exist anywhere else. The so-called "Kiki" scene is not just about the various competitive dance club contests. The scene provides a social structure, a "net" for kids who have nowhere else to go.
Reminders concerning Stage 2 safety standards
As you know, UC ANR issued Stage 2 protocols for resuming in-person activity at the end of May. While approximately 70% of our locations have already submitted Location Safety Plans for increased in-person activity under Stage 2, it is important to remember that the state and county governments are allowing gradual and limited resumption of on-site operations. UC ANR employees and volunteers who can still work/engage remotely should continue to do so until the governor completely lifts California's stay-at-home order and UC ANR advises it is appropriate to return to in-person operations.
Based on current state guidance concerning mass gatherings, UC ANR will continue to limit all gatherings/meetings/events to a maximum of 10 participants until further notice. Stage 3 of the state's resilience roadmap allows reopening of higher risk workplaces. Since UC ANR locations have been allowed to re-open under Stage 2, we do not anticipate major changes to our operations as portions of the state gradually move into Stage 3.
Please also be reminded that UC ANR location directors should continually refer to their county data regarding respective COVID-19 case trends and adjust their Stage 2 plans accordingly. County information is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/get-local-information/ and this link provides detailed data on trends.
Thank you for your innovation and commitment in continuing our important work during these unprecedented times and for your support of community efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus by restricting in-person contacts.
Diversity, equity and inclusion input
Last week we asked you to reflect on diversity, equity and inclusion challenges at UC ANR and invited you to share your input and ideas to inform the development of actionable strategies to address these challenges. We are implementing a variety of ways for you to share your input and will provide more information tomorrow.
UCCE Livestock Waste Management Specialist Deanne Meyer received the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at UC Davis. Meyer, who has directed the environmental stewardship efforts of the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) since the program's inception in 1996, is being honored for her leadership in substantially improving the sustainability of California's dairy industry through research and outreach. Congratulations, Deanne!
South Coast REC has partnered with UC Irvine's UCIFresh food pantry for students and personnel in need to harvest and donate food grown at South Coast for weekly deliveries. Here's an Instagram post on one of the highlights.
The Nutrition Policy Institute and the Berkeley Food Institute have developed resources in English and Spanish for UC Cooperative Extension advisors and county directors to provide to community members: a modifiable county template on COVID-19 Community Resources, a flyer on How to Stay Food Secure and Eat Well Despite COVID-19, and Guidance on the Safe Usage of Open Spaces During COVID-19.
All UC ANR colleagues are invited to a special staff meeting and recognition event at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. We will be celebrating the 2019-2020 winners of the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards and the contributions and accomplishments of UC ANR colleagues who are retiring July 1, 2020.
For a list of the STAR winners and 11 staff and academics who are retiring, see the attachment.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
ANR Special Staff Meeting and Recognition Event
Thursday, June 18, 2020
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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Rice farmers are encouraged to monitor vigilantly for a rise in yield-reducing armyworms, reported Jake Abbott in the Appeal-Democrat.
UC Cooperative Extension rice advisor Luis Espino said the most recent numbers were low but are expected to climb in the next few weeks. The pest can quickly devour rice foliage down to the water level. The crop may recover, but armyworm presence can lead to yield reduction.
“I've heard numerous stories where growers were used to some defoliation and would go on vacation, and after the weekend they'd come back and see full defoliation," Espino said.
Espino and his team set traps at 15 locations across the valley to monitor pest populations weekly. The pheromone traps are small buckets that attract male moths. They take the information collected from the traps and notify farmers on whether or not they should begin examining their own fields for the presence of armyworms.
“We usually start to see numbers increase around mid-June and peak in late June or early July,” Espino said. “Right now, numbers are very low but they will come up. Over the years, we've learned that once we see the moth population peak, we see a peak of the worm population a week later. Once we start seeing those go up, we begin letting growers know to check their fields.”
The newly appointed Presidential Director for the Clif Bar Endowed Organic Agriculture Institute, Houston Wilson, has already initiated a needs assessment of organic agriculture in California, reported Lee Allen in Western Farm Press. Wilson is using surveys and focus groups to determine production needs within target commodities.
“Our mission will be to develop research and extension for organic production of things like tree fruits, tree nuts and raisins, commodities representing a significant portion of the entire Central Valley, but with very different cropping systems," Wilson said.
The diversity of California agriculture is represented in scale and systems - from orchards to vineyards to row crops and rice production.
"We're working on a cost-benefit analysis for commodities across the state to determine where gains can be had by developing better organic practices," Wilson said. "The argument about whether or not organic production can produce more yield is a hot topic. There are arguments that say organic can't yield as much as conventional and that may be because not that much has been invested in the organic effort compared to conventional agriculture. Metaphorically, it's like comparing a veteran player with a new kid on the team."
Price premiums for certified organic produce entice growers to convert to organic.
"Our job is to work with them, to identify and develop industry practices that make (organic production) move even more alluring," Wilson said.