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A collective voice for employees

Under the leadership of President Kay Thomas ’20 (right), who works in the School of Education as an assistant director of enrollment, URSAA强调在大学所有校园恢复亲自活动,同时确保所有同事都能参加会议和活动, regardless of location, 位置, 或能力. In the coming year, President-Elect Iyan Barrera-Sandri ’08, ’15, 23将接替托马斯的位置,继续扩大组织的影响力和参与度. (Photo by Coco McKown '04, '10)

At the end of 2020, Pew Research Center published research 该项目调查了COVID-19大流行对工作性质的影响. 灵活性、动力、生产力等问题进入了全球对话. At the University of 雷德兰兹, R大学员工和行政人员大会(URSAA)是员工的集体声音, ultimately aiming to promote, 加强, 促进大学的社区意识和相互尊重——这是现在比以往任何时候都更需要的.

Completely employee-run, URSAA provides a forum where the interests, 担忧, 需要, and ideas of the University community can be shared. The group facilitates effective channels of communication, offers input about matters of University policy, encour年龄s and promotes professional development, sponsors a variety of social events, and partners with the local community for service opportunities.

Under the leadership of 2021-22 President Kay Thomas ’20, who works in the School of Education as an assistant director of enrollment, 该小组强调,在大学的所有校园都要恢复亲自操作,同时确保所有同事都能参加会议和活动, regardless of location, 位置, 或能力. In the coming year, URSAA Vice President Iyan Barrera-Sandri ’08, ’15, 23将接替托马斯的位置,继续扩大组织的影响力和参与度.

Reflecting on her time as president, Thomas noted that she was grateful for the opportunities the 位置 afforded her, 从参加校董会静修会到在克里斯塔·纽柯克校长的就职典礼上讲话.

她说:“对我来说,拥有一席之位是,而且将永远是极其重要的。. “Representing our staff and administrators as a strong, 在这种有趣的文化氛围中,受过教育的黑人女性是我从未想过自己会肩负的重任, yet I'm amazingly proud and honored. 我经常想起我的祖先,以及为我做出牺牲的每一个人,才有了今天的我. I don't carry that lightly, and even when my presidency ends, I will continue to fight the good fight for those who can't.”

Getting better together

自2019年以来, URSAA每年主办两次专业发展会议——一次在秋季,另一次在春季. With the onset of the pandemic, the events moved to a virtual modality. 尽管最近的会议是在保持距离指南和其他大流行协议放松的时候举行的, the group kept with the virtual format to allow for participants’ ease of access.

Throughout the two-hour-long event, 可以看到参与者从他们的办公室登录,参加四个不同的会议, all of which emphasized aspects of self-awareness and reflection. 这是旧金山湾区招生经理Angie Bynon第一次担任活动的联合主席, 她说,计划委员会选择关注情商和解决冲突等更大的主题.

“Our previous conferences showcased technology, writing and speaking, 运动, and other skills,她说. “We don’t always look for a theme, but we try to make the conferences cohesive. 我们非常感谢所有的主讲人和参与者,以及他们为我们的大学社区提供的人才,没有他们我们就没有今天.”

宗教研究教授Fran Grace谈到了将冥想练习融入日常生活的重要性. In the courses she teaches, Grace urges students to practice walking meditation on their way to class. 重复吸气两步,再呼气两步,可以促进对自我和环境的意识. She also introduced loving-kindness meditation, 一种希望爱和关心那些正在经历挑战的人的做法. “Meditation is not a posture, it is a way of being,” Grace said.

Another session, led by School of Business & 协会招生高级副主任Pamela Allen Coleman和教育学院学术咨询助理主任Kristin Grammer, outlined three steps for a more balanced life. After examining eight domains of wellness—spiritual, 物理, environmental, 情感, 金融, 职业, social, 知识分子艾伦·科尔曼和格拉默鼓励参与者制定目标,并寻找负责任的伙伴来实现这些目标.

Conflict Resolution Center Restorative Justice Facilitators Kady Wood, 玛吉Ruopp, 和艾琳·桑伯恩专门花时间教参与者如何在面对冲突时向前走, with the help of resources that are available to U of R employees. The trio said that asking specific questions can help with the process:

  • How is this conflict impacting my relationship with this person?
  • How big is the issue?
  • Am I prepared to approach this person, or can I work through this on my own?

“有时候会有这样的冲突预期,你会去做,一切都会按照你的方式进行,” Sanborn said. “My experiences have mainly been with students this far, 但看到帮助他们解决这些问题的方式是一场关于结束的对话是很有力量的. 这两个群体可以走到一起,为了共同的目标联系在一起,想要和睦相处. Sometimes we forget that.”

测量和发展情商是由职业和职业发展办公室职业战略副主任促成的演讲的核心 & Integration Lauren Wooster and Assistant Director for Recreation & Outdoor Programs Breann Lindsey. With the help of a hypothetical decision-making scenario, 这对搭档与参与者互动,并就他们各自应对高压情况和沟通的方式提供反馈.

“Based on feedback, the conference was a tremendous success,” Thomas said. “对我来说,最有意义的部分是看到我们的URSAA团队与演讲者合作,以确保与会者获得最愉快和最有价值的体验……我为团队和每一位演讲者感到非常自豪。.”

Moving forward

Iyan(他更喜欢被称为他的名字)在过去的几年里一直是会议的主持人, which prevented him from being able to attend other offerings at the conferences. 今年,他参与了进来,并乐于看到员工们抓住新的机会. “Not only are the presenters teaching things to fellow employees, but by presenting, they’re learning new skills that help them develop professionally,他说.

在未来, Iyan期待着作为URSAA主席促进更多跨校园的员工合作. After joining to initially help plan events three years ago, 他的参与已经演变成一种愿望,希望更好地了解自己的工作场所.

“我加入这个组织是为了更好地了解决策者所处的情况,他说, recalling a class he took that examined social activism in colleges. “一个大问题是,人们通常很少就指导方针或正在发生的事情进行沟通. 我想在一个理解和责任更高的地方,这样我就可以帮助沟通.”

In order to disseminate information, Iyan regularly meets with various partners, such as Director of Employee Relations Kady Wood. 最近, 他们的合作促成了一个联合活动:URSAA春季野餐和人力资源福利博览会. Iyan also has plans to incorporate more diversity, 股本, and inclusion initiatives in the group’s programming.

然而,他的最终目标是继续在员工中建立社区意识. “URSAA provides a collective voice for employees,他说. “It’s important to provide ways for us to meet each other and grow together.”

If you are a staff member, vote for 2022-2023 URSAA officers; elections are open until May 27. 了解更多 about the University of Redlands.