Posts Tagged: Diversity
UC ANR and the entire UC community are dedicated to helping create the open and equitable society to which we are all entitled. As we stand with the global outcry against the senseless, tragic murders of Black Americans, we are exploring new paths we can take to support our communities during this time and into the future.
To help us discover those new paths, resources have been created and compiled by colleagues throughout UC to promote dialogue, understanding, connection and healing. You can find UC ANR resources on our Diversity • Equity • Inclusion webpage. There, you can also find resources for confronting gender and sexuality bias, and we are working to add resources that address the breadth of diversity, equity and inclusion challenges in our organization. We welcome suggestions for additional resources to include. Please email suggestions to DEI@ucanr.edu.
Today is Juneteenth, widely celebrated in African American communities as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” to mark 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.
On this important day, we are reflecting on our country, its treatment of Black, brown and Native American peoples, and how UC values can help guide us into the future. We must continue to reflect on how our institutions and our culture treat people of color as well as religious minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, and all those who don't fit into dominant cultural norms. Our mission can never fully come to fruition if historically victimized groups continue to suffer hatred and bias. All of us at UC ANR are deeply committed to our mission and will work to build a healthy, peaceful and prosperous California for all.
In recognition of Juneteenth, please feel free to cease work today at 3 p.m. and encourage your staff to do so, work permitting. Take some time for reflection. Get a head start on time with your friends and loved ones. Or, just take a nap. We all need to take care of ourselves in these trying times.
Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
At a time when the injustices and inequities inflicted on Black and Brown people in this country are exposed for all to see, we have to ask ourselves how we can create a society that is fair for all. Those of us in academia and STEM are being asked to devote some time tomorrow to focus attention on eradicating racism in academia and STEM: #Strike4BlackLives, #ShutDownSTEM, and #ShutDownAcademia.
Please take some time tomorrow to think individually and collectively. Based on your research and outreach experience, what can UC ANR do to make the world a better place for people of color, both within the UC ANR community and across the state? Those of you who work directly with people in the counties see the disparities firsthand. What can the rest of us learn from your vantage point?
UC ANR's mission is to “improve the lives all Californians” and a key goal in UC ANR's Strategic Plan is improvement of equity, inclusion and diversity in our program delivery and our workplace. We look forward to hearing in the coming days your ideas and suggestions for making UC ANR, California and our world more equitable, just and inclusive. We will provide various ways to collect your thoughts and ideas in the next few days.
Associate Vice President