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CWN Newsletter: November 8, 2021
CWN affirms a campus community where womxn are empowered to pursue and achieve their professional and personal goals. We encourage you to share content ideas, upcoming events, and campus job postings with our team anytime via email. Job postings are shared with the community via email on Thursdays.
What Are You Thankful For?

As the fall semester and the year 2021 wind down, it's a great time to pause and appreciate the good things in life. Gratitude has been linked to better physical health (including better sleep!), increased engagement at work, and can lead to overall increased happiness and life satisfaction

Want to practice more gratitude in your professional life? Here are a few tips! 

  • Give written kudos to a co-workerWhether it's a quick email, slack message, or handwritten note- you'd be surprised how meaningful it can be to receive written gratitude outside of performance reviews! 
  • Integrate a gratitude practice into team meetings. A great way to promote collaboration and engagement is by asking people to share what they are thankful for or calling out "what's gone right" for them lately. 
  • If you are around kids, try having a discussion around gratitude. This is a great practice to help unpack the meaning behind the word "thanks." 
  • Leave someone a recommendation on LinkedIn! This is a great way to show someone how they are appreciated with public praise. 

By the way—we are thankful for YOU!
Each of you is a changemaker and plays a critical role in UC Berkeley's mission of teaching, research, and public service. From your work with students, campus infrastructure, project management, furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, and more —it all makes a difference and we appreciate you!

Celebrating Diwali

Diwali is the festival of lights, celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. This year Diwali fell on Thursday, November 4th. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps", and Diwali generally represents the triumph of light over darkness. It is a time of hope and light - Happy Diwali! 

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

This month is the 30th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the rich and diverse traditions, cultures, and histories of American Indian and Alaska Native people. 

For more information and resources, please visit:

Land Acknowledgment
The Division of Equity & Inclusion acknowledges that UC Berkeley sits on the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County.

We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community, inclusion, and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. As members of the Berkeley community, it is vitally important that we not only recognize the history of the land on which we stand but also, we recognize that the Muwekma Ohlone people are alive and flourishing members of the Berkeley and broader Bay Area communities today.

This acknowledgment was co-created with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Native American Student Development and is a living document.

Leadership Interview Follow-up:
Quotes & Resources

Photo of Dr. Caroline Jean Fernald
We enjoyed the lively presentation and discussion on successful career changes with Dr. Caroline Jean Fernald (pictured left).  Based on your survey responses we look forward to offering more professional development leadership interviews.  Many of you requested Dr. Fernald’s quotes, which can be found on the attached slides with a few resources as well. 

CWN Chair Spotlight

CWN elected an almost entirely new leadership team this year, and we would like to introduce ourselves to you! We will be featuring a different chair every newsletter so you can get to know us.

Ziva Armstrong

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Position on Campus: L&S College Advisor, College of Letters & Science
Position in CWN: Membership & Assessment Chair
Time at UC Berkeley: 4 years
What motivated you to join CWN, and what do you want to accomplish in your role?
I joined CWN for a few reasons. I want to get to know staff outside of my immediate division, I want to advocate for women/womxn on campus, and I want to facilitate connections and community for women/womxn staff. In my role, I hope to increase engagement with our members, more clearly define who CWN is and what we want to accomplish as an organization, and ensure that mission is aligned to members' needs through accurate assessment.

What is a hobby or activity that helped you cope during the pandemic and stay at home orders?
I started backpacking! I was always so intimidated by it, but I have now been on 6 overnight backpacking trips in Yosemite, Desolation Wilderness, and Mokelumne wilderness. Hiking miles into the wilderness with everything I need on my back has been so empowering and such a great way to get away when we were not able to travel.

Pets of CWN

“Love is a four-legged word.”
Let’s share the love with fun pet photos! 

Submit your fur (or scaled or finned) family photos and details to be featured in an upcoming CWN newsletter.
Submit photos & details of your pet here.

Introducing Earl! 

Haus Panther currently living the life with Ashley Campos

Age: 4 years old (we think)

Breed/Type: domestic long-hair; Is sloth-cat a thing?

Origin Story: Earl (previously Shadow 2) was abandoned by a family who moved and no longer wanted him. A neighbor provided for him outside until winter and then turned him into Orange County Animal League who fostered him. I wanted a black cat due to their lower adoption rates, and I knew Earl was the one when he shyly reached out a floofy paw and touched my shoulder at an adoption event. It was love at first floof! We will be eternally grateful for the kindness of the neighbor and fosters who cared for Earl until he could find his forever home with us.

Favorite Toy: Post-it notes he steals and shreds from CatDad’s office, especially when they have important information on them!

Fun Fact: People are always surprised by how photogenic Earl is, but the truth is he is SO lazy and rarely moves; it’s very easy to take his picture.  He’ll wear a costume for the photo too, especially if you dangle treats above the camera!

Connections & Wellness

Healthy Holiday Challenge - Starting this Week!

There's still time to register for this year's Healthy Holiday Challenge! This 6-week program supports you with small, healthy steps you build on each week and can keep going through the new year. Join us for a healthful, relaxing, balanced, and fun holiday season! This challenge includes weekly prizes (a variety of useful gift cards) with new winners each week!

  • Grand Prizes — TWO lucky winners will win a brand new Fitbit Versa 3!!
  • Weekly Newsletters — including the weekly challenge + fun resources and recipes
  • Virtual Events — ways to connect with other participants
  • Daily Wellness Postcard to keep you motivated and on track 
Register here!
CWN Cook-along with Wellness Program Dietician,
Kim Guess, January 20th, 2022
New year, new healthy recipes! If you want to catch up with your colleagues in a fun and health-minded way, learn useful skills, and eat tasty food, join us for a virtual cook-along on Thursday, January 20th from noon to 1:00 pm. If you’d rather not cook-along, you can prepare the recipes later, or just hang out and socialize via Zoom too. We’ll prepare two simple and nutritious recipes using ingredients that you may already have. The grocery list is provided ahead of the event so you have time to acquire any ingredients you don’t already have on hand. If possible, join the Zoom call 10 minutes early to say hi and gather your ingredients and equipment.  Look for this invitation and Zoom link on bCal soon!
More Information on UHS Wellness Programs

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

You are invited to join the Alianza Staff Organization for a discussion on:

November 16 | 12:00 PM

Zoom Meeting ID: 921 1250 2619

Add to your bCal
People & Culture — Professional Development Event

Get in Gear for a Breakthrough Year in Your Career! BECAR181: Staff Career Development Workshop (virtual), December 1st

Workshop: Career Development/Job Search Skills: Professional Skills Development | December 1 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Virtual workshop via Zoom

Sponsor: People & Culture
During this experiential workshop, participants will explore current workplace trends, in-demand skills, and resources, complete a career self-assessment, identify career drivers that support job satisfaction, and integrate insights to create a plan of action to support a breakthrough year.

Registration Required.

Register here!

Featured Jobs

To better provide you with more recent job postings CWN will be sending recruitment posts once a week, rather than in our newsletter. If you’d like to advertise an opportunity in the weekly email please send it to
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