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Building community and connection within Oakland staff

Thank you to all colleagues who attended and participated in our first UCOP Community and Connection Fair in Oakland!

Held in the Broadway Conference Center on Oct. 24, 2023, the event brought together UCOP divisions and teams; employee resource group members; and local businesses for a fun Halloween-themed event with plenty of opportunities for networking and connections.

Event highlights

According to organizers Shirley Bittlingmeier and Marjo Keller, the most memorable parts of the event were:

  • An opportunity for staff to take photos at the UC photo booth
  • The seasonal pumpkin patch
  • Excited reactions from colleagues who received UCOP-branded swag
  • How many staff attended and their enthusiastic responses to meeting colleagues, exploring vendors and learning about the many UCOP teams
  • How creatively participants decorated their Halloween-themed tables
  • Delicious food tastings from High XII, Bocanova, Mr. Expresso and Oaklandia

Is there another highlight you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments — we would love to hear from you!

See more photos and share yours

View all event photos staff have shared at this Box link and share your photos using this link. We would love to experience the event from your perspective!

2024 participants

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s celebration a success. We are so grateful to all the participants listed below.

Local vendors

  • Bocanova
  • Dell
  • High XII
  • Mr. Expresso
  • Oaklandia

Employee resource groups and other staff-led groups

  • Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association
  • Black Staff and Faculty Organization
  • Latinx Staff Association
  • President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
  • UCOP Pride
  • Sustainability Employee Resource Group
  • Lakeside Easy Toastmasters
  • UCOP Community Blood Drive

UCOP divisions, departments and teams

  • Academic Personnel and Programs
  • Building and Administrative Services Center
  • Business Resource Center
  • California Digitial Library
  • External Relations and Communications — Including Alumni Engagement, Communications, Federal Government Relations and State Government Relations
  • Future of Work Implementation Team
  • Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs
  • Institutional Research and Planning
  • IT Service Desk
  • Records Management
  • Retirement Administrative Service Center
  • Strategy and Program Management Office
  • UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • UC Controller/Financial Accounting
  • UC Health
  • UC National Labs
  • UC Natural Reserve System
  • UC Press
  • UC Treasury
  • UCOP Information Security
  • UCOP Learning and Development
  • UCSF Public Safety Team
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  1. Harry Ma November 8, 2023 Reply

    As a new employee to UCOP, I loved this event. Thank you all for putting on this event and I look forward to the next event.

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