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Register today for September classes and workshops

If you’re ready to grow your knowledge and professional skillset, get started today by signing up for live, virtual workshops offered by UCOP Learning and Development. All classes and workshops are offered at no charge for UCOP staff — one of the great benefits of your employment!

All listings reflect Pacific Time; select the course name to register.

Basic Safety Awareness
Sept. 1, 10 – 10:30 a.m. | Sept. 29, 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Learn basic safety tips to help you feel informed, alert and safe as you travel to and from the workplace and have an opportunity to ask your personal safety-related questions. This live virtual class will be facilitated by Melissa Collins, program manager for security, risk and resilience. Melissa, a safety expert, recently joined UCOP after serving 20 years with the UC San Diego Police Department.

STEP Office Hours
Sept. 2, 9 & 16, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Have a question about the STEP Process? Come to our STEP drop-in office hours. No registration is needed. Join office hours via Zoom

21 Practices for Happiness and Accomplishment at Work
Sept. 7, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Presented by People-OnTheGo, this workshop will help you develop the necessary skills to practice mindfulness and emotional intelligence, adopt a growth mindset and increase your productivity at work. We’ll focus on making behavioral changes and taking initiative, while at the same time paying attention to self-care and stress reduction, increasing enjoyment of life and finding self-fulfillment.

Zoom Advanced
Sept. 8, 10 – 11 a.m.
Become a Zoom power-user with topics like personal meeting IDs, advanced web portal settings, advanced scheduling options, advanced sharing options and annotation, polling, breakout rooms, reporting and cloud recording. Plus, ask a Zoom expert your advanced questions.

People Leaders Forum
Sept. 9, 1 – 2 p.m.
If you manage people, make sure you’re taking advantage of UCOP’s People Leaders Forums. These interactive sessions are a monthly opportunity for you to build a network with your peers while developing leadership skills, sharing best practices, swapping strategies for navigating challenges and learning to better support yourself and your team! This month’s session will focus on UC experience conversations, AKA “stay conversations.”

New Employee Orientation
Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Starting a new job or at new UC location can be daunting. This orientation session is designed to facilitate your smooth transition to UCOP. Topics include UC and its history, UCOP overview, employee tools and resources, safety and compliance.

Excel Advanced
Sept. 15 & 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Targeted to experienced Excel users, this class builds on the key concepts shared in our introduction and intermediate courses. We’ll cover importing and exporting data, formatting numbers, working with ranges and macros, data analysis tools, summarizing data, using “what-if” data analysis and workgroup collaboration. This two-session class is hands-on and highly interactive.

PowerPoint Techniques 
Sept. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn powerful techniques that can help you save significant time, better manipulate and format presentations, convey information in a compelling way and collaborate with others more effectively. We’ll cover dozens of navigation and formatting tips and shortcuts, including master slides. We’ll share data presentation tips, including creating tables, charts and diagrams within PowerPoint and importing assets from other applications. We’ll also show how SmartArt can add visual elements that make your presentation more memorable, as well as other presentation best practices to increase impact.

Inclusive Virtual and Hybrid Meetings
Sept. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
Inclusive meetings lead to a climate of openness as well as greater teamwork and decision ownership. This workshop features techniques to help you facilitate virtual and hybrid meetings that include all voices and engage your participants. Topics include meeting structures that foster engagement, tailoring engagement strategies for participants and objectives and best practices for hybrid and remote meetings.

Accomplishing More with Less
Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bombarded by information? Persistently interrupted and sidetracked? Always juggling competing and changing priorities? Frustrated with digital overload? This fun and engaging workshop, facilitated by People-OnTheGo gives breakthrough techniques for difficult time and productivity challenges.

Imposter Syndrome, Perfectionism and Perfectionist Culture
Sept. 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
“Imposter syndrome” or “imposter phenomenon” is the belief that you’re inadequate or incompetent in your role despite evidence that you’re skilled and actually quite successful. We all struggle with this sometimes. But imposter syndrome and perfectionism can paralyze you and make you less effective at work. In this interactive session, we’ll explore these concepts through informal assessments, individual reflection and small group breakout sessions with the goal of reaching a happier and sustainable positive sense of self. We’ll learn how the demands of our institutions and perfectionist culture (also known as white supremacy culture) impact us, as well as possible alternatives. This session is led by Pamela Rich, Organizational Development Consultant at UC Berkeley.

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