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PACSW launches new career learning opportunity at UCOP

You know about PACSW, the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, which sponsors events at UCOP like last week’s visit from UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland.

Now there’s another reason to get to know PACSW: The group just launched its Sponsorship for Professional Development program, which invites applicants to attend non-UCOP workshops, conferences, seminars or academic/online courses — or identify their own learning activities — and apply for sponsorship to help subsidize the expenses of attending.

In the works for several months, the program is designed to promote learning opportunities for UCOP employees that enhance their leadership skills, professional competence and/or career growth or advance their understanding of workplace practices and technology. Policy-covered career employees who have worked at OP for at least one year are eligible, and both women and men are invited to apply.

“PACSW’s new program is a great addition to our professional development offerings at UCOP,” said Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom. “It gives the individual flexibility to select activities in his or her own areas of expertise and interest, and UCOP leadership encourages all eligible employees to apply.”

To be considered for the program, employees must demonstrate a commitment to career and professional growth by filling out an application, which is due two months before the date of the course or conference. PACSW will give priority to applicants who best articulate their purpose and have strong support from their supervisor and department.

The program will cover registration fees up to $300, but the employee or his or her department are responsible for other costs (e.g., transportation, lodging). Multiple applications may be submitted, but an individual can receive only one award per fiscal year. Awards will be given until budgeted funds for that year are expended.

Employees covered under collective bargaining agreements and members of the Senior Management Group are not eligible.

To submit your application or for more details, see the program website or contact Rachael Howard at or Teresa Johnson at

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