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Wisdom Cafe Wednesday:
Happy Staff Appreciation Week!

This week is Staff Appreciation Week (SAW) at UC Berkeley! We deeply appreciate all UC Berkeley staff members year round. This week's edition of Wisdom Café Wednesday contains information about remaining SAW events this week, perks available for staff, and resources relating to staff appreciation. Thank you for working at UC Berkeley....and GO BEARS!

Upcoming SAW Events

Each day this week, Berkeley People & Culture is offering special events and activities for summer Staff Appreciation Week. Don't miss the remaining SAW events happening this week!

6/10 - Sound Bath Meditation

12:30 - 1:30pm | Zoom
Presented by Melissa Felsenstein

Enjoy a meditative sound bath brought to you by Melissa Felsenstein of Inner Sounds Yoga. Experience a deeper sense of relaxation and renewal as you are immersed in tone and vibration of quartz crystal bowls and other instruments. Simply lay down and receive sound while reducing your stress and releasing tension. RSVP to attend.

6/11 - How to Win from Any Angle

12:30 - 1:30pm
Presented by Maurice Evans and Justin Panarese

Join Maurice Evans, 11-year NBA veteran for a moderated discussion on redefining success, channeling your inner resilience and winning from any angle. RSVP to attend.

And remember....attendees of Staff Appreciation Week events will be given a chance to win one of the following raffle prizes upon completion of a survey.  

Perks for Staff

UC Berkeley and the UC System offer great perks for employees. We've highlighted just a few of the below. View the full here!

 Berkeley Art Studio

UC Berkeley staff who sign up for a Summer session class with the Berkeley Art Studio receive 10% off in addition to the discount staff already receive at the Berkeley Art Studio. Email the Art Studio during Staff Appreciation Week to receive a coupon code to enter when you register. Outdoor classes start soon!


Gain access to thousands of movies through your university library for free! Log in to University of California Berkeley with your student or staff ID and password. Click here to create your account, and happy viewing!

 LastPass Premium

UC Berkeley staff, faculty and students get LastPass Premium for free. LastPass makes your internet experience easier and safer by managing your logins, creating strong, unique passwords for every online account and improving your online security. Click here to learn about why you should take advantage of this service!

 Peet's Coffee Perks

Get rewarded for your love of great coffee! Peet's invites members of UC Berkeley to join the Peetnik's Rewards Program. Join now for access to free drinks, great perks, and specialized offers just for you. Peet's Coffee is currently being served at the following on-campus locations: The Den, Pat Brown's, The Golden Bear Café, Terrace Café, Common Grounds, and the Peet's Coffee Cart at Rec Sports.

 LinkedIn Learning

UCB Staff have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning to help fuel your lifetime of learning and professional development. LinkedIn Learning offers more than 5,000 on-demand courses on business, creative, and technology skills and you get to access it for free as a UCB staff member. Learn more about LinkedIn Learning by clicking here. Activate your account by clicking here

 The Lawrence Hall of Science

Enjoy free admission to UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science- the country's only science center that is part of a top-tier, public research university that develops and disseminates the most innovative and effective STEM programs today. The Lawrence is reopening outdoors this summer! Starting Memorial Day weekend, Fridays through Sundays are Summer Fundays at the Lawrence!

 Botanical Garden

Staff get free admission to the UC Botanical Garden. The Garden was established in 1890. With over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species, The Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world! The Garden's mission is to develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants, and to promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment. Simply bring your Cal1 card to enjoy your free admission!

 Adobe Software 

Staff are eligible to Adobe software for personal use. Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of desktop and mobile applications and services used for designing print and online media assets, video editing, web development, photography, and more. Find out what other software available to you by clicking here.

LinkedIn Learning Ideas:

Genuinely recognize and appreciate your employees
LinkedIn Learning Audio (3m 24s)
Learn some easy ways to express appreciation to your team and colleagues. Your feedback, recognition, appreciation and applause does not have to be elaborate, or even spoken. It just has to be genuine. This short clip explains the importance of sincere recognition in the workplace.
The Six Morning Habits of High Performers
LinkedIn Learning Course (23m)
Learn the six habits of the most successful people in history. Learn approaches for silence that generate new ideas, explains how NOT to do affirmations, and reveals the impact of tiny amounts of exercise. Plus, learn how to do simple practices, like reading and scribing, to introspect and become a better version of yourself.
Guided Meditation: Self Appreciation
LinkedIn Learning Video (7m 48s)
Begin your Thrive journey to create a life filled with less stress and greater well-being. Arianna Huffington discusses the benefits of meditation and sleep in this first course.

Additional Upcoming Events:

Mindful Moving (& Stretching Too!) Event
Thu, Jun. 10 | 11-11:50am | Online
On June 10, let’s move (virtually) together! Now is your chance to join the UC Berkeley faculty and staff community for an energizing, stress relieving, mindful event. Click here to learn how to participate and register!
Return To Campus Staff Event
June 17 | 4:00pm-5:00pm | Zoom
The BSA Programs & Events Committee is holding an event for staff to discuss their questions and concerns around an equitable and safe return to work on-campus. Click here to RSVP.
Resilience Starts with a Purpose
Tues, Jun 22 | 11am-12pm | Webinar
This free evidence-based session will reconnect, refocus, and recharge participants to live a more meaningful life. Building resilience starts with a purpose.
Job Search Effectiveness
June 23 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Zoom
We all know the importance of writing a good resume and preparing for the interview. These tasks don’t stand alone. This workshop will introduce best practices and strategies for an effective job search for internal (UCB) and external career exploration. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near. Click here to register.

Presenter: Lisa Rykert, Career & Professional Development Lead

Did you know?

LinkedIn Learning offers more than 5,000 on-demand courses on business, creative, and technology skills and you get to access it for free as a UCB staff member. Click here to sign in/access your account!

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