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Speak Up for Staff as an Advisor to the Regents

March 1, 2018
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Be a voice for staff. Apply to serve as Staff Advisor to the Regents by March 23, 2018.

Staff across the University of California are invited to apply for the staff advisor to the Regents role, a position established to provide a staff perspective on issues faced by the board.

The application period is now open through March 23 for a two-year term that runs from July 2018 to June 2020. The position is open to both non-represented and represented staff, or non-Senate academic employees who have at least five years of UC service.

Dwaine B. Duckett, vice president of systemwide Human Resources, encourages all eligible staff members to consider applying.

“Staff’s contributions are critical to UC’s success. They enable and execute many of UC’s groundbreaking accomplishments. Serving as a staff advisor to the Regents is a unique opportunity to elevate the staff voice — and it’s an invaluable act of service to the university.”

Deidre “De” Acker, director of the Office of Campus Climate was UC Merced’s first staff member serve in the role. Acker said being a staff advisor is a great opportunity to get a good overview of the entire UC system and be able to make an impact on behalf of staff.

“Anyone who wants to apply to be staff advisor has to be ready and have support from their campus,” said Acker, who served in the role from 2014 to 2016. “The time commitment is about a week every month, between the Regents meetings, campus visits, Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) meetings and other meetings. There is a lot of juggling. Take a look at your life and think about whether it’s the right time.”

You can learn more about the program and how to apply by the March 23 deadline on the staff advisor website .

Staff advisors participate in open sessions and designated committees of the board of Regents, representing their fellow employees in UC Board of Regents deliberations and to decision-makers at the Office of the President. Staff advisors serve as non-voting members of designated Regents' committees; they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service, and visit many of the campuses to solicit input from staff.

Since the UC Board of Regents established the staff advisor position in 2007, staff from nine of ten campuses – and UC Davis Health, UCSD Extension and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab – have served in the role.

If you have questions about the staff advisor position or the application process, you can contact Juliann Martinez, UC Office of the President Employee Relations, at 510-287-3331 or via email.

De Acker, director of the Office of Campus Climate, stands at a lectern while addressing an audience.
De Acker was the first person from UC Merced to serve as Staff Advisor to the Regents.