It is my honor and privilege to share Staff Assembly’s work during the past academic year with you through this Annual Report.
The 2020-21 year presented a significant amount of challenges around the world, impacting individuals, families, communities and nations. Political struggle, police brutality, pandemic challenges and fiscal uncertainty struck many members of UCR’s community directly and indirectly. In addition, many staff members worked through this year from their home offices, living rooms and kitchen tables as UCR largely went virtual. At the same time, a significant portion of our population never left campus, braving the uncertainty of home and their jobs in already challenging circumstances.
Seeing this challenge, the Staff Assembly Executive Board recognized the importance of connectivity and tried its best to make the most of it, creating one corner of the world where staff could be supported and celebrated. In the process, we were able to modify some of our traditional activities while creating a number of new ones that will last for years to come.
As I conclude my final official act as Staff Assembly’s 2020-21 President, I wish to express significant gratitude to all those who helped to make this year a resounding success, including:
- The 2020-21 Executive Board, who not only rose to the occasion but soared, as well as the Past Presidents Council for their steady support;
- All of our partners on and off campus for their collaboration and teamwork in our new campus traditions;
- The supportive senior management team for their engagement and encouragement in these unique circumstances;
- And, perhaps most importantly, UCR’s staff for joining us and engaging throughout this very unique year.
As we transition into the 2021-22 year I am excited and inspired by all we were able to accomplish the past year despite its unique challenges. I am eager to see where UCR and its staff go as we return to campus, together.
Dennis McIver, M.A., M.A.
UCR Staff Assembly