Note: This article has been updated to include a deadline extension for applications.

The application period for the next staff advisor to the UC Regents has been extended to Friday, March 11. Staff or non-Senate academic employees at all locations who have at least five years of UC service are encouraged to apply.

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Staff advisors bring the voice and perspective of these employees to UC Board of Regents deliberations and to decision-makers at the Office of the President. Staff advisors participate in open sessions and designated committees of the board.

Each of the two staff advisors serves two years. The terms are staggered, with one new staff advisor selected each year. The term for the staff advisor position that is open for applications runs from July 2016 to June 2018.

The current staff advisors are Deidre “De” Acker, director of campus climate at UC Merced, whose term expires in June, and LaWana Richmond, a business analyst at UC San Diego whose term expires in 2017.

“The role of the Staff Advisor to the Regents was a huge learning experience, even after 27 years in the UC system,” Acker said. “We say that we advisors ‘plant seeds’ so I am looking forward to seeing how those seeds will be cultivated by the staff advisors in the future.”

You can read more about Acker's experience, including how she gathered input from staff across the UC system and the lasting impact the experience left on her

Learn more about the program and how to apply by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11 on the staff advisor website.

Questions about the staff advisor position or the application process should be directed to Juliann Martinez, UC Office of the President Employee Relations, at 510-287-3331 or via email:

More about the staff advisors to the Regents

A continuing goal of the UC Regents is to foster two-way communication between UC staff and the board.

In January 2007, the Regents voted unanimously to establish positions for two staff advisors to participate in their deliberative process and to provide a staff perspective on matters coming before the board.

One new staff advisor is selected each year for a two-year term. The staff advisors serve as non-voting advisors to designated Regents' committees; they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service, and visit many of the campuses to solicit input from staff. Staff interested in public policy, advocacy and the future direction of the university are encouraged to apply.

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