A Wellness Message for Cesar Chavez Day

March 26, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Tomorrow is Cesar Chavez Day, a holiday honoring the principles of fairness, social justice, and the struggle for equity in the workplace and all of society.  As we continue to adjust to our new reality created by COVID-19, both with respect to work and our personal lives, it is more important than ever to pause and think about the broader values and personal meaning that this day represents.  Managers should encourage all employees (unless required to perform emergency services) to take the time to rest, reflect and renew. We offer special recognition to those who continue to maintain our critical campus operations during this crisis and who support the most vulnerable members of our community.

These are uncertain times. As the news and guidance around COVID-19 change and intensify, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and experience stress and anxiety.  The current circumstances are particularly difficult for those who do not have the necessary resources, or for whom home or the location of shelter is not physically or psychologically safe. 

Please know that despite social distance, you are not alone. Campus resources are still available for you, including those listed at the end of this message. We also invite you to compassionately support others, as you are able. Everyone deserves support. 

We are so grateful for how Berkeley staff and faculty are finding time to come together with their colleagues in healthy and creative ways during this crisis. We encourage you to read this Berkeley News article about how some of our community members are connecting via virtual happy hours, online art classes, live-streamed yoga sessions, and more. The central campus is looking into other methods of bringing us together while we’re physically apart and is collecting suggestions for how to make the best of our current situation. We encourage you to view and take part in these efforts at news.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/calhome/


With best wishes for your well-being on Cesar Chavez Day, and all those to follow.

 

Sincerely,
 
Carol Christ, Chancellor
 
A. Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost
 
Oscar Dubón, Vice Chancellor, Equity & Inclusion
 
Eugene Whitlock, Chief People & Culture Officer
Chancellor's Office