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UCOP Pride celebrates community in Oakland

UCOP Pride and UC Berkeley march in the Oakland Pride Parade

On Sunday, September 8, 15 UCOP employees, family members and friends gathered together to celebrate the diversity of the Oakland community at the Oakland Pride Parade. Although some members of UCOP Pride have participated individually, this is the first time that UCOP Pride had an official presence in the parade, walking in line with UC Berkeley to represent UC.

As they marched through downtown Oakland carrying a UCOP-branded banner, participants handed blue and gold beads to the crowd — the university’s signature colors.

Systemwide Human Resources Fellow Rhommel Canare was among the participants. “Marching with my UCOP colleagues at Pride further reinforced my passion to be my full, authentic self while working for our amazing organization,” he says. “I hope that UCOP continues to be visible and engage with diverse communities across California.”

“As a new UCOP employee, it was an awesome experience to assist with UCOP Pride’s participation in the parade,” says Business Systems Analyst Melissa Warlick. “This was my first time at Oakland Pride and it was nice to see UCOP represented. I appreciate being at UCOP and the friendly and welcoming Pride group.”

Warlick adds, “I’d like to give kudos to Aimee Chang for all her hard work in getting this set up, the Office of Diversity and Engagement for managing our registration and the Marketing Communications team for their assistance with the posters and banner — as well as everyone who showed up to represent UCOP!”

Get involved with UCOP Pride!

To learn more about UCOP Pride events and activities, join the listserv! To get started, email Yvonne Li.

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