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This article was revised on March 10, 2022, with a correction to Staff Advisor Priya Lakireddy’s position at UC Merced.

It’s not easy for Lucy Tseng, regional director for UCLA Giving and outgoing staff advisor to the UC Regents (aka STAR), to sum up what the last two years have meant for her.

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“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advocate for UC staff — something I’m passionate about — so I’ve really been challenged to bring the best version of myself to the job. I’ve learned when to talk, when to listen, and how to make the most out of every interaction — with staff members, with senior leaders and with the Regents.”

Applications for the position of staff advisor to the Regents are once again open for non-represented and represented staff or non-Senate academic employees who have at least five years of UC service, offering a unique opportunity to represent and serve your colleagues. The application period ends Friday, April 8, 2022, for a two-year term that runs from July 2022 to June 2024.

You can learn more about the program and how to apply by April 9 on the staff advisor website.

Tseng has been serving this year alongside Priya Lakireddy, assistant regional director of the Small Business Development Center at UC Merced. As staff advisors, they participate in open sessions and designated committees of the board of Regents, representing their fellow employees in UC Board of Regents deliberations and to decision-makers at the Office of the President. Staff advisors serve as non-voting members of designated Regents’ committees; they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service. They also meet extensively with staff to understand their needs and learn from their experiences.

“If you’re ready to commit the time and energy to serve as staff advisor, you should apply,” said Tseng. “Every person at UC has their own unique perspective, experiences and gifts — think about what you could bring to this role, and the difference you could make for UC.”

If you have questions about the staff advisor position or the application process, you can contact Juliann Martinez, UC Office of the President Systemwide Employee Relations, at 510-287-3331 or via email: Juliann.Martinez@ucop.edu.

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