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Rachael Nava coronavirus update: Equity and inclusion, well-being and ergonomics

The following message was sent by EVP/COO Rachael Nava on April 9, 2020:

Dear UCOP colleagues:

As we all continue to work from home, developing healthy and supportive workspaces and routines is critical in supporting personal wellness and team culture and connectivity. In the coming weeks, we’ll offer more tips and resources to support all UCOP staff during these unusual and challenging times. This week, we’ll focus on embracing equity and inclusion, ergonomics at home, and the myStrength app in the section below on UCOP Resources to Support Well-being.

Embracing equity and inclusion

As we continue to work through our changing social norms and new realities, it is imperative we remember to honor and acknowledge our differences and similarities. These unprecedented times require us to be more patient and flexible. We all carry the burden and responsibility to do our part in helping to flatten the curve and support our fellow citizens, co-workers, families, and friends through this global pandemic.

As part of UC’s response to the coronavirus, the Council of Chief Diversity Officers has prepared guidelines for maintaining supportive and inclusive environments. Please take a moment to review the Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19 guidance and resources provided by our equity and inclusion leadership.

UCOP resources to support well-being

UCOP’s Culture, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources teams are pleased to offer new resources to support your well-being. This week, learn how to access the free myStrength app, which offers free, emotional health resources, including strategies for coping with stress during COVID-19. It is provided to all UC employees covered by UC’s medical benefits.

To access myStrength, you must register through your health insurance plan. Instructions for each health plan are here. After you sign up online you can download and login to the mobile app version on your phone. 

Ergonomics at home

Maintaining a healthy work routine is important in supporting your well-being during the extended work-from-home period. Consider implementing these healthy work components if you haven’t already:

  • Adjust your equipment and desk area to optimize ergonomics:
  • Take mental and physical breaks. Even micro-breaks can make a difference.
  • Keep in touch with your teams and colleagues regularly.
  • Make time to take advantage of support resources, such as the myStrength app offered through your health plan.

Note that due to the extension in the shelter-in-place orders, the UCOP Operations team is working on additional options to support ergonomics at home — more information to come. Please direct general questions to

Please continue to stay safe and healthy.

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