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EPIC week events: Connect with UCOP colleagues

Our first week in UCOP’s Future of Work Phase 2 begins April 3. UCOP employee resource groups (ERGs) and leadership have planned a variety of fun activities for employees to reconnect with one another and explore our workplace culture.

EPIC — equity, participation, inclusion and community — Week takes place Monday through Friday, with in-person and virtual events that will provide all staff with opportunities to have fun, reconnect with our community and learn how to become more involved at UCOP. On Tuesday and Wednesday, UCOP leadership has planned Community and Connection events in Oakland with networking opportunities and treats. Read on for the details and mark your calendar today!

Note that Riverside, Sacramento and UCDC leadership will contact staff at those locations to share details about local events.

April 3 – 7 events

All listings reflect Pacific Time. Please note that this article will be updated as additional details are finalized.

Monday, April 3

EPIC Week: LaSA/OPSA Cultural Exchange
10 – 10:30 a.m. | Zoom:
Are you interested in connecting with others while learning about a new culture? Join the Latinx Staff Association and OP Staff Assembly to participate in a cultural exchange. Over the course of a week, small teams will assemble to gather fun facts about various cultures. Participants will receive prizes!

EPIC Week: Virtual Pet/Hobby Share and Treasure Hunt
1:05 – 2 p.m. | Zoom:
Join UCOP colleagues in sharing photos of your pets (or enjoying others’ pets), then participate in a Zoom treasure hunt for prizes!

EPIC Week: LaSA Conversation with UC Merced Chancellor Muñoz
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Zoom:
Join the Latinx Staff Association for a discussion with Juan Sánchez Muñoz, chancellor of the University of California, Merced.

Tuesday, April 4

Community and Connection event: FOW Breakfast Reception
9 – 10:15 a.m. | Oakland, Franklin Lobby 1
Join UCOP senior leadership and Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders for a light breakfast networking event in Franklin Lobby 1 on our first anchor day. ERG leaders will share information about their groups and how to participate. Stop by and introduce yourself!

EPIC Week: APISA/BSFO Movie Afternoon
2 – 4 p.m. | Oakland, Franklin Lobby 1 & 
Join the Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association and Black Staff and Faculty Organization for an afternoon movie session. Film details will be announced soon.

Wednesday, April 5

EPIC Week: Coffee and Candy Land
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Oakland, Broadway Conference Center
Join colleagues for board games, coffee and breakfast pastries.

EPIC Week: APISA Film Screening and Discussion
1 – 3 p.m. | Franklin 5305 &
The Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association will hold a film showing and discussion. Join your friends for a movie and chat! Film details will be announced soon.

Community and Connection Event: ERG Employee Appreciation Dessert Social and Involvement Fair
2 – 4 p.m. | Oakland, Broadway Conference Center
Enjoy complimentary afternoon refreshments while connecting with your peers and learning how to get more involved at UCOP! Learn more about Community and Connection events.

Thursday, April 6

EPIC Week: Virtual Karaoke
1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom:
Have an urge to churn out your favorite tune? Ever wondered how “Love Shack” can be sung virtually? Come join us and learn! Instructions are easy to follow, and we won’t record (unless you ask us to).

EPIC Week: APISA and NAIPISA Film Screening
2 – 4 p.m. |
Come join the Native American, Indigenous and Pacific Islander Staff Association (with support from APISA) for a virtual watch party.

Friday, April 7

EPIC Week: Virtual Bingo — registration required
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom: Register by 4:59 p.m. on April 5
Have you ever seen the monthly staff assembly virtual bingo and wondered what it’s about? Come join an exclusive virtual session (complete with prizes) offered only to UCOP employees before lunch! The session will be hosted by UC Riverside Staff Assembly Director of Finance Penni Ebina, and co-hosted by Council of UC Staff Assemblies Chair Dennis McIver.

EPIC Week: Cultural Exchange Share-Out
1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom:
Throughout the past week, you’ve had an opportunity to meet new colleagues and explore UCOP’s culture. Now tell us what you learned! Those who signed up for the LaSA/OPSA Cultural Exchange on Monday will share their findings.

For questions about the events above, please contact Dennis McIver.


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