Staff Assembly partners with various campus groups to host events for UCLA staff throughout the year. These events give staff opportunities to connect with coworkers, meet new people, be more involved with the campus, and give back to the community. For all the upcoming events, check out our Events Calendar. You can also browse below for an introduction to all the events that Staff Assembly aims to organize each year.

All-Staff Picnic

This annual summertime celebration recognizes the contributions of UCLA staff in a relaxed social setting. The event is typically held in Dickson Court between 11:30AM – 1:30PM, and includes a picnic lunch, music, and dancing. Attendees are welcomed by the UCLA Chancellor and the UCLA Staff Assembly President. Complimentary tickets for the picnic lunch are available a few weeks prior to the event date. The UCLA All-Staff Picnic is sponsored jointly by the Chancellor’s Office and the UCLA Staff Assembly.

True Bruin 5K Run/Walk

UCLA Staff Assembly, with sponsorship from the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, hosts an Annual True Bruin 5K on campus. Team up with your family, friends, and co-workers and join this unique event that aims at providing those with ties to UCLA an even greater chance to connect to the university by showing their Bruin pride in a fun and healthy atmosphere.

SPARK Campaign

The UCLA SPARK Campaign is held annually to raise funds for the Staff Scholarship Program. This program gives selected staff $500 scholarships to further their education and professional development at UCLA. Staff Assembly is thrilled to have given out dozens of scholarships in previous years. There are hundreds of deserving applicants and we’d love to be able to further UCLA’s commitment to staff and celebrate UCLA’s culture of lifelong learning.

Small Business Resource Fair

The annual Small Business Resource Fair is one of UCLA’s most effective and proven avenues for supporting the development and growth of business enterprise. Participation in the Fair provides small business owners an opportunity to reach over 400 UCLA departments who purchase over $250 million annually in products and services. Additionally, the staff members who attend the fair are encouraged to consider patronizing the represented businesses for personal goods and services where appropriate.

Breakfast with the Chancellor

This quarterly event provides UCLA staff with an opportunity to meet and interact with the Chancellor in an informal, personal setting. Staff will hear from the Chancellor about UCLA initiatives and goals, and will have a chance to ask questions and dialogue with the Chancellor and other invitees. Individuals interested in participating in this event must submit a brief application. Applications are usually available one month prior to the event date on the Staff Assembly website.  Thirteen staff members will be chosen at random from the applicants to participate in each quarterly event.

VIP Reception with Mrs. Block

The VIP Reception with Mrs. Block provides UCLA staff with an opportunity to meet and interact with the First Lady, Mrs. Block, in an informal, personal setting. Mrs. Carol Block and UCLA Staff Assembly invite staff to attend a reception and a UCLA Women’s sport. The event will be co-hosted by UCLA Athletics.

Celebration of Giving

During the holiday season, UCLA Staff Assembly co-sponsors the annual UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Toy Drive and UCLA Food Drive through the Celebration of Giving event. The holiday toy drive provides developmentally appropriate toys and creative art supplies that children may use throughout their hospitalization to reduce anxiety and be a kid again. Playing games at bedside, engaging in songwriting activities, and creating artful masterpieces are a few of the countless activities that medically fragile children at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA will enjoy because of your generosity and participation in the toy drive.

Recognition Awards & Staff Scholarships Reception

Every year, Staff Assembly hosts the Recognition Awards & Staff Scholarships Reception to recognize outstanding achievements by UCLA employees. Staff Assembly presents the following awards and scholarships to recipients:

  • Staff Scholarships
    • Staff members may apply for scholarships in support of their career enhancement and professional growth. Each award covers the cost of education and training up to $500.
  • Faculty/Staff Partnership Award
    • In recognition of the value of collaboration and collegiality, staff members are encouraged to nominate faculty members who actively develop and encourage faculty/staff partnerships.
  • Chancellor’s Excellence in Service Award
    • One award will be presented to a staff member whose career has exemplified an extraordinary commitment to UCLA’s mission through contributions that have had a meaningful impact on the University, and who has championed the value of inclusiveness, innovation, diversity, and teamwork. The individual selected for this prestigious honor will receive a $4,000 award.