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Support local youth by donating a tie

Throughout February, members of the Black Staff and Faculty Organization are collecting new and gently used ties through their partnership with All Tied Up, a special nonprofit that teaches leadership, self-respect and empathy to young men of color — all through the basic skill of tying a tie.

To donate a tie, contact You can also download a flyer for your workspace.

Special event: Learn more about this BSFO community partnership

On Tuesday, February 18, from 12-1 p.m. join radio personality Armand Carr, founder of All Tied Up, to learn about how his organization is making a difference for local youth. This presentation will take place in the Oakland Franklin building, Lobby 1 and via Zoom, using this link.

Attend more Black History Month events

Celebrate Black History Month throughout February with engaging Oakland events!

BSFO Black History Month Kick-Off with Yvette Gullatt

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
12-1 p.m.
Oakland Lobby 1 + Zoom

All staff are invited to join the Black Staff and Faculty Organization in kicking off Black History Month. Yvette Gullatt, Ph.D., vice provost and chief outreach officer/interim vice president of Student Affairs, will present the keynote address. Jamal Collins, BSFO’s scholarship chair will present three deserving UC-enrolled students each a $1,000 scholarship award. For questions, please contact Ghanya Thomas.

BSFO Film Series: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin 

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
12-1:30 p.m.
Oakland Lobby 1 + Zoom

Bayard Rustin, a master strategist and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, was instrumental in molding Martin Luther King Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. But, he was also silenced and imprisoned due to being an openly gay man in a homophobic era. This documentary film has a run time of 90 minutes. Watch the trailer. For questions, contact the event chairs, Melissa Warlick & Jason Schupp. Download a flyer.

BSFO Ancestry Presentation

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
12-1:15 p.m.
Oakland Lobby 1 + Zoom

BSFO members Dena Bullard and Annette Holmes will share their family stories. Holmes shares her family’s connection to “The Weeping Time” — the largest slave auction (436 women, men and children) held in 1859 at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. Bullard tells the story of her Japanese grandmother’s experience living in a US-sanctioned internment camp in Arkansas during WWII, as well as her family’s African-American and Japanese heritage. For questions, please contact Ghanya Thomas. Download a flyer.

BSFO Executive Leadership Panel

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
12-1:15 p.m.
Oakland Lobby 1 + Zoom

Join the Black Staff and Faculty Organization for a candid conversation with four African-American executive leaders as they offer advice and share their experiences being the “only black person” or the “first black ____”; the art of code-switching; racial fatigue; avoiding being labeled as the “angry Black woman”; the realities of working in a post-Obama, post-racial era and more. Panelists include:

  • Kendra Fox-Davis, Systemwide Title IX Deputy Director, Systemwide Title IX Office, UCOP
  • Don Hunt, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, UC Davis
  • Sandra Williams-Hamp, Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement, UCOP
  • Eugene Whitlock, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer, UC Berkeley

For questions, please contact Charleen Mininfield.

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