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UCOP Chancellor Chats start on May 2

President Napolitano recently introduced an exciting new speaker series for UC staff: Chancellor Chats!

Starting with UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George R. Blumenthal on May 2, chancellors will take turns engaging with UCOP staff in friendly, informal conversations.

These interactive sessions — sponsored by the UCOP Staff Assembly — will give chancellors and OP employees an opportunity to get to know each other, and to help UCOP staff better understand chancellors’ priorities and challenges.

Meetings will generally take place on the first Wednesday of each month, from 3-4 p.m., in the Oakland Franklin Street building, Lobby 1. All Chancellor Chats will be webcast via Zoom, making them accessible to employees who work outside of Oakland or are unable to attend in person.

“These conversations represent a special opportunity for UCOP staff to get to know chancellors better and feel more connected to the daily work of the campuses,” says President Napolitano. “I encourage all interested staff to attend in person or tune in.”

Please mark your calendar and join us! Zoom information for the May 2 Chancellor Chat will be available soon.

Chancellor Chats schedule


  • Thursday, May 2 — Chancellor Blumenthal, UC Santa Cruz
  • Wednesday, June 5 — Chancellor Christ, UC Berkeley
  • Wednesday, July 10 — Chancellor Wilcox, UC Riverside
  • Wednesday, October 2 — Chancellor Block, UCLA


  • Wednesday, January 8 — Chancellor Gillman, UC Irvine
  • Wednesday, February 5 — Chancellor May, UC Davis
  • Wednesday, March 4 — Chancellor Hawgood, UCSF
  • Wednesday, April 1 — Interim Chancellor Brostrom, UC Merced
  • Wednesday, May 6 — Chancellor Yang, UC Santa Barbara
  • Wednesday, June 3 — Chancellor Larive, UC Santa Cruz

Zoom information

Webinar ID: 541-173-941

Questions? Contact Link.

Comments ( 6 )

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  1. Debbie S. Deas April 30, 2019 Reply

    Would you all consider holding these a bit earlier in the day, maybe 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm at the latest? The 3:00 pm time means that employees in the Central and Eastern time zones would have to participate at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, respectively…when most of them would be leaving (or will have already left) work.

    • Michelle Simone April 30, 2019 Reply

      Hi Debbie, Thanks for your note. Unfortunately, the Chancellor Chats are scheduled at the current time because they will take place after each monthly Council of Chancellors meetings with President Napolitano. We realize that this timing may not be optimal for all schedules.

  2. June October 2, 2019 Reply

    For those of us can’t attend the chats due to schedule conflicts, are recordings available for view?

    • Michelle Simone October 3, 2019 Reply

      Hi June,

      Yes, we will be sharing a link of the presentation in our recap article next Tuesday. Stay tuned!

      • Jing Yu February 4, 2020 Reply

        Hi Michelle, Can you share the link of the recordings?

        • Michelle Simone February 6, 2020

          Hi Jing,

          The Zoom recordings are only available for a certain period of time before they expire. All the links can be found in the recap article following each chat. We will be posting the recap of Chancellor May’s chat on Monday afternoon.

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