In Need of a Powerful Community: Practicing our SA Values

What communities give you a sense of comfort? How has a community you have been a part of given you support during a difficult time in your life? Have you ever thought about how you have survived something that rocked your world, to realize that a sense of community helped transform you?

As we think about the context that we’re in currently–where campus is facing budget reductions, some of us continue to feel the stress and the impact of the news. While we can choose to individually handle this, we challenge you to think about how we can support each other as a Student Affairs community. We may not have control over certain decisions; however, we can choose to build community during this time.While we can choose to individually handle this, we challenge you to think about how we can support each other as a Student Affairs community. We may not have control over certain decisions; however, we can choose to build community during this time.

Last week, the GO BIG team sent an email to cast your vote on the top behaviors that reflect our shared values of Communication, Honesty/Integrity, and Respect. These behaviors are vital to help define our culture and our actions toward one another. Research and best practices have stated that during challenging times, an organization’s values help guide and anchor how people treat each other in the workplace.

Our next Student Affairs Roundtable will be held this Friday, April 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Unit 1 All Purpose Room. The divisional budget submission will be discussed, and we have an opportunity to honestly communicate any questions and concerns that we have as a community. We’re invited to submit questions via this online form or you may contact AVC and Chief of Staff Andrea Dooley directly at adooley@berkeley.edu510-643-7639.

We can submit questions during Roundtable, though having questions in advance will help craft the discussion to address questions effectively.

Here are three things you can do today to help build community and practice our SA values of Communication, Honesty/Integrity, and Respect.

  • If you’re a manager or supervisor, ask your staff members individually or within a group setting of how they are feeling regarding Chancellor Dirk’s recent email, or, their general thoughts on the campus budget. 
  • Try one new behavior that reflects one of our 3 values. How can you lead with more honesty/integrity? How can you communicate differently during this time? How can you demonstrate respect to those who may be struggling right now?
  • Spend time with a community you’re a part of that is outside of work. Reflect on how that experience helps ground you. 

 

 

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