Staff Organizations work together to offer individuals the opportunity to become more involved in campus life. There are three types of staff organizations: identity-based staff organizations, communities of practice, and special interest groups. Members of a Community of Practice bring together staff with similar professional interests, and serve as a community to share knowledge and offer professional development. They develop a shared collective of resources and tools to enhance particular skills. Leadership from the Communities of Practice are looked upon as experts in their area and provide advice and mentorship to their members. We encourage staff to be involved in many of these organizations as they are a great way to meet new colleagues outside of your division, find mentors/mentees, learn new skills, and develop leadership skills.
Joining relevant communities of practice allows staff to continue to develop and broaden their skills, as well as meet people who have similar professional interests. All communities of practice are open and inclusive of all UC Berkeley staff. Communities of Practice leaders sit on the Council of Staff Organizations (CSO).
Each year, leadership of each Community of Practice (CoP) is asked to complete a short annual planning process with the CoP’s membership to provide to their sponsor. This process is a guided strategic exercise that allows the sponsors to properly support the goals of each CoP related to community engagement and strengthening of membership. Annual plans are presented in July, with a mid-cycle check-in in December / January.
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