Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week

We deeply appreciate all UC Berkeley staff members year round and our Staff Appreciation Weeks are just one way we show our appreciation.

Fall Staff Appreciation Week Oct 18-23

Monday, Oct. 18 - Sound Healing: 4-5pm

Our ever-popular sonic event returns! Connect with your physical senses, practice restorative rest and gently tune into self-compassion through Sound Healing. RSVP to join the Zoom event

You’re invited to join this trauma-informed, livestream session to connect with your physical senses and to gently tune into self-compassion. Using guided breathwork and nature imagery along with the sounds of singing bowls the calming soundscape will invite you to practice restorative rest.

The sounds from alchemy quartz crystal singing bowls can be impactful physically on the mind/body and support the brain entering a theta (or pre-sleep) state, allowing the mind to settle, the parasympathetic nervous system to engage, and the body to access all the benefits of deep rest.

This practice will also invite you to notice how you hold stress and trauma in the body. For those who have been directly or indirectly impacted by trauma, this is an opportunity to let the body take a break from constant fight-flight-freeze and access restorative rest. To learn more about the benefits of crystal singing bowls, read, The Healing Power of Sound as Meditation.

Joy Evans, MSW (she/her) combines trauma-healing modalities with sound and forest therapy to lead people out of the perpetual stress response, to reconnect with the details of the senses and return to clarity, centered self, and calm.

Joy has a deep commitment to restorative practices. At the University of California, Berkeley, she led a team that developed the healing services, crisis response, and advocacy for students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual violence/harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Inspired to make healing accessible to survivors of trauma and vicarious trauma, she began her private practice.

She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and self-designed her major in Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender at Vanderbilt University. She completed The Art of Sound Healing Level II certification through the Seattle Sound Temple, is a certified forest therapy guide through the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy, and in her third year of study with the School of Celtic Consciousness.

Joy welcomes folks from all backgrounds, especially LGBTQ+ and BIPOC to her in-person and virtual events. Connect with Joy at https://joyevansmsw.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 - Bingo: 1:30-2:30pm

Clickety click - it’s time for virtual Bingo with your fellow Berkeley staff and win some cool prizes! RSVP for Bingo here.

Friday, Oct. 22 - Cal Spirit Day: 12-2pm

Come to the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) on Friday, 10/22 for awesome Cal swag OR two tickets to the weekend football game (see below). You'll also get a free pack of Clorox wipes because, well, Covid.

Saturday, Oct. 23 - Cal vs. Colorado

You're invited to a Cal home football game vs. Colorado on Oct. 23. Two tickets per staff member. Tickets will be on a first-come first-serve basis on Oct. 22 at the RSF main entrance from 12-2pm. Must have a Cal1Card to receive tickets.

This week only!

The Cal Student Store is offering a 20% discount to all staff who shop in-store this week.

Ongoing Offerings

We asked you in the September 2020 Employee Morale Survey which forms of appreciation were most meaningful to you as a UC Berkeley staff member. Explore offerings based on the top 3 responses:

  • Ongoing opportunities for professional development
  • Words of appreciation
  • Perks always available to UC Berkeley employees 

Explore Past Offerings

June 2021

Berkeley Trivia hosted by Chancellor Christ

Berkeley Trivia hosted by Chancellor Christ

Hosted by Chancellor Christ

Think you know Berkeley? Then join your colleagues for a special Berkekey focused trivia game. Several live contestants will have a chance to win raffle prizes.

Career Q&A with UC Berkeley Career Experts

Career Q&A with UC Berkeley Career Experts

Presented by Lisa Rykert and Rebecca Anderson

This is your chance to ask any career, interview, or resume question you've ever had and hear answers from Career Experts, Lisa Rykert and Rebecca Anderson. Also learn what strategies will help you advance at UCB and beyond. This will be an informal session tailored to answering your questions- so come ready!

American Reckoning: A Conversation on Anti-Blackness in Post George Floyd America

American Reckoning: A Conversation on Anti-Blackness in Post George Floyd America

Watch the recording

A panel discussion featuring national thought leaders: Dr. Keisha Blain, Jeff Chang, Rosa Clemente, and Tim Wise. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ula Y. Taylor, Chair of African American Studies.

Sound Bath Meditation

Sound Bath Meditation

Presented by Melissa Felsenstein

Enjoy a meditative sound bath brought to you by Melissa Felsenstein of Inner Sounds Yoga. Experience a deeper sense of relaxation and renewal as you are immersed in tone and vibration of quartz crystal bowls and other instruments. Simply lay down and receive sound while reducing your stress and releasing tension.

How to Win from Any Angle

How to Win from Any Angle

Presentation recording

Presented by Maurice Evans and Justin Panarese

Join Maurice Evans, 11-year NBA veteran for a moderated discussion on redefining success, channeling your inner resilience and winning from any angle.

December 2020

Moving from career uncertainty to career exploration

Moving from career uncertainty to career exploration

Presentation slides

Presentation recording

Often it seems there is an unspoken rule that we must have it all figured out - we need an entry career plan, a five-year plan, and even a plan for what we will do during retirement! The need to have ‘the answer’ to our careers implies there IS an answer, when in fact our careers (and lives) are unique, evolving, and impossible to define. This session will reframe career uncertainty and anxiety into healthy career exploration and an open-minded approach.


Presented by:

Rebecca Andersen, Director of Career Services & Alumni Relations at the Graduate School of Information

Rebecca has been on campus since 2007, starting in environmental protection. A career changer herself, Rebecca is a co-founder of the Berkeley Facilitator's Network, a working parent, and (for now) an educator to two little ones! Rebecca is also working on a doctorate of educational leadership at UC Davis, focusing on equity in STEM careers.

Informational Interviewing

Informational Interviewing

Presentation recording

Presentation slides

Expand your career strategy toolkit and your campus connections by learning how to conduct engaging informational interviews, even while working remotely.


Presented by:

Lisa Rykert (she/her/hers), Career & Professional Development Lead

Linda Lundberg (she/her/hers), Transition Services Lead

Lisa Rykert serves as the Career & Professional Development Lead on the People & Organization Development team within UC Berkeley People & Culture. Her focus on campus is to support staff career growth and mobility with the goal of helping people to love the work they do and do the work they love within a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging.

Linda Lundberg has been with UC Berkeley since 2009 and leads the Transition Services Program within Talent Acquisition, People & Culture. Linda has a passion for providing resourceful, innovative and motivating career guidance, and is very enthusiastic about all things related to employment.

Navigate Change and Gain Agency in your Career Goals

Navigate Change and Gain Agency in your Career Goals

Presentation recording

Learn tools to effectively navigate work during times of change and uncertainty. This session is designed to inspire you with ways to create joy in your day-to-day work, and give you a sense of agency in your career goals.


Presented by:

Catherine Ciano, PhD, Psychologist

Emma Strong, Academic Advisor, Fall Program for Freshmen

Dr. Catherine Ciano is a Psychologist and Teaming Strategist who uses her understanding of people and process to enable change. She hosts the Authentic Work podcast to help people align who they are with how they work.

Emma Strong is an instructional design and facilitation enthusiast with a passion for public speaking, learning, and training. She has led workshops at the UC Berkeley NOW Conference, and has facilitated sessions for the Advancing Practice professional development program for academic advisors on campus.