University of California (UCOP) Staff Advisors perform the important role of fostering two-way communication between UC staff and the Board. As Staff Advisors, LaWana Richmond and Jason Valdry participate in the Board’s deliberative process and provide a staff perspective. Their visit to UCLA on October 20th is part of their ongoing effort to remain tapped into campus’ concerns and share information regarding the Regents’ efforts on initiatives that are important to staff.

UCLA staff have the opportunity to make their voices heard by meeting with the Staff Advisors at two events during their visit. Please see below for more information!

1. Breakfast with the Staff Advisors to the Regents for Early Career Professionals
Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Powell Library, Room 186
Spaces Available: 30

Event Description:
The Staff Advisors would like to learn how to best support staff who have had less than 5 years of service at the University. Guests will have the opportunity to discuss the unique needs of early career professionals, while enjoying a complimentary breakfast.

All staff members who have fewer than five years of service as of October 1, 2016 and currently hold career appointments may apply to attend the breakfast.

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2. Town Hall with the Staff Advisors to the Regents, hosted by ASUCLA
Thursday, October 20, 2016
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Viewpoint Lounge, A-Level, Ackerman Union
Spaces Available: 130

Event Description:
During the Town Hall, the Staff Advisors will describe how they plan to support UC staff during their tenure. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share concerns, and provide recommendations that can be communicated to the Board of Regents. Light refreshments will be provided.

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LaWana Richmond: Dr. LaWana Richmond serves as Staff Advisor to the Regents of the University of California and is a Senior Analyst at UC San Diego where her responsibilities include project management and professional development for staff. Dr. Richmond is a certified Project Management Professional with degrees in Marketing, Operations, Information Systems, and Educational Leadership. Over the past 20 years, LaWana Richmond has been actively involved in community service and social justice endeavors. Full bio:

Jason Valdry: Jason Valdry joined UC Irvine in 1998 and is currently the director of technology of the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts. In his role Valdry oversees webservers, databases, technical support, the multimedia library, and provides research support to faculty and students. Over the past 18 years, Valdry has focused on service to his campus community, including work with UC Irvine’s Staff Assembly and the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies. Full bio:

For more information, please contact Staff Assembly at