the current

the monthly e-newsletter of UC ANR Staff Assembly | Jan. 9, 2024 | Vol. 3, No. 1

employee experience and engagement

Apply for funding match program to boost staff connectedness, sense of community

Could your office benefit from a day dedicated to professional development? Of course, it can!

The Employee Experience and Engagement Challenge is a funding match program designed to promote staff engagement, connectedness and community. If you have an idea, work with your local Ambassador (find your Ambassador) to submit a proposal by Friday, Feb. 2

Submissions will be evaluated and ranked. If selected, your local Ambassador and office will be notified by mid-February. Please note that applications must be submitted by your local Ambassador; if your location currently does not have an Ambassador, contact Saoimanu Sope at 

Learn more and apply

ambassadors program

Introducing our newest Ambassador

Staff Assembly Council welcomes the newest recruit for our Ambassador Program, Roxana Price, community education specialist for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program in Riverside County. Roxana, who enjoyed serving as an Ambassador in the past, is ready to use her role to increase engagement within her office.

“Being an Ambassador means connecting with my co-workers and sharing valuable information that can help improve and enrich lives,” she said.

This year, Roxana wants to inspire others to practice healthy eating habits and try new recipes. She describes herself as a “foodie” and said that she loves trying food from different cultures. “My favorite, so far, is a paste-like starch called fufu, from African cuisine,” Roxana said. 

If you’re interested in becoming an Ambassador, contact Ambassador Chair Saoimanu Sope at

Locate your local Ambassador

learning & development highlights

Jan. 17: Transferrable Skills: Applying to Jobs You Haven't Done Yet

Have you ever looked at a job posting and thought, “I could do this job, but I don’t exactly meet all the requirements?” In this one-hour workshop, you'll learn how to identify and communicate your transferrable skills in a new context...and apply for the job anyway. Details.

Jan. 29: Write a Winning Cover Letter

Yes, cover letters are still important to include with your application and can make or break your chances of getting an interview. This workshop will give you the tools to write a compelling cover letter that clearly articulates why you’re the right person for the job. Details.

Jan. 31: Interview with Confidence

Interviews are sources of anxiety for almost everyone, and yet every career move requires performing well in these situations. This workshop will help you understand best practices for successful in-person and virtual interview formats. You will learn tips and techniques for what to do before, during and after an interview, to ensure you make the best impression possible and have the confidence to ace your interview. Details.

Additional classes, workshops and events can be found on the UC ANR Learning & Development website.

important dates

Last Strategic Vision feedback sessions in January, February

Don't miss out on your chance to help shape the future of UC ANR! Only a handful of sessions remain to provide your feedback on the 2040 Strategic Vision that will guide our work for the next 15 years.

In-person sessions (which include lunch and networking with colleagues) are coming up in Riverside (Jan. 16), Merced (Feb. 9) and Redding (Feb. 27). Online sessions are slated for Jan. 31 and Feb. 8.


Education, training reimbursement funds can boost your career

UC ANR Staff Assembly provides financial assistance for a variety of career development and professional training activities through the Education Reimbursement Program.

For trainings or career development pursuits between Nov. 1, 2023 and April 15, 2024, the next deadline to apply for reimbursement is April 15, 2024.

Learn more

did you know?

ASAP provides

no-cost counseling, consultation services

With the rush of the holiday season concluded and the winter blahs settling in, many people might need to seek some extra support.

The Academic and Staff Assistance Program offers confidential, cost-free assessment, intervention consultation and referral services to all UC ANR employees.

ASAP services can help in areas such as anxiety and stress management, marriage and relationship issues, depression, elder care, grief and loss, crisis interventions and other personal or work-related problems.

Learn more

The Current is your monthly Staff Assembly e-newsletter, distributed on the second Tuesday of each month (read archived past issues). All staff members at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources are part of UC ANR Staff Assembly. We on the Staff Assembly Council help advise senior leadership and advocate on your behalf, and we also organize programs and events that promote your professional development and personal growth. (Note: Academics are members of our counterpart entity, Academic Assembly.)