Congratulations on getting us through a monumental 2020-2021 academic year! I hope many of you will have a chance to recharge as we transition to the summer and get ready for Fall 2021. In that vein, as of June 1, campus departments are able to start transitioning back to in-person work once their leadership teams have developed plans to do so. Your department heads and supervisors will be updating you in the days and weeks ahead on their plans for your specific units.
This shift will not impact many of you who have continued to carry out your roles on campus throughout the pandemic, other than possibly providing the chance to see more of your colleagues in person once again. For the rest of you, this transition will mark a significant shift in the way we’ve all conducted business over the past 15 months.
Our I&S leadership team has been actively working on the plans for their respective units, and many of you have likely been involved in these efforts through active participation or through individual interviews. We recognize that any plan we put together will be slightly different for each unit or individual. We also realize that many of you will have varying levels of comfort with coming back to work in person. And, for various reasons, some of you may have discovered that your role is better suited to a hybrid or remote work arrangement.
While we don’t have all of the answers yet, I do want you to know that the choices we make will be rooted in the Guiding Principles posted on the campus human resources website. We will be as flexible as we can, understanding that some folks will be enthusiastic about returning while others may be hesitant. And we aren’t rushing back to campus all at once.
The summer and fall will be a transition period for us to figure out what works best for each unit, keeping in mind that we must also make the choices that help us best serve the campus mission. We will learn lessons over the next several months. And we’ll continue to make any necessary adjustments this fall and beyond as we learn what works best for both our employees and the university.
Finally, I want to reiterate again the importance of getting vaccinated. Vaccination is the single most effective measure you can take to protect yourselves and prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on our campus so we can make our return to a more traditional campus experience a successful one for all of our students, faculty and staff.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your supervisors. I am optimistic for the days ahead. And I’m so proud and thankful for all you do for this university.
David Kang, vice chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability
News and Notes
Infrastructure and Sustainability diversity and inclusion training series – “Networks of Care/Celebration of Us” coming June 17,
How beautiful are we? Come enjoy this interactive visit with Dr. Donna Mejia to share three beautiful cultural artifacts from your own life: your three favorite songs, your favorite comfort food, and a tribute to someone who made a difference in your life. After a brief introduction by Donna, she will publish links for us to begin sharing together. Please consider yourself warmly invited to a celebration of us and refill your well of inspiration to do the good work of our lives. If you have questions about the series, please contact Kelsey Draper at 303-735-6176.
There is information on the Health and Wellness Services website now about providing proof of vaccination or submitting an exemption if an employee is not getting the vaccine either for medical reasons or non-medical reasons (religious or personal beliefs that are opposed to immunizations). Staff who are fully vaccinated in the state of Colorado before Aug. 1, 2021 do not need to complete the requirement of providing proof of the vaccination. Campus HR will verify vaccinations with the state registry for those employees. Staff who want an exemption must complete the form on the MyCUHealth portal by Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Staff who get the vaccine after Aug. 1 or receive their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer after August first must complete the form on MyCUHealth portal by Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
Final call! Leave sweeps coming on July 1
Just a reminder for staff to double-check your leave balances and make plans to use all furlough leave and annual leave hours over the maximum allowable accrual before the July 1 leave sweep deadline. Email Jen Salyers with any questions.
Joel Serafin – Arborist/Lead Worker, Outdoor Services
How long have you been working at CU Boulder?
I started with Outdoor Services in August 2007.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Ski and fly fish with my wife Emily.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I have been skateboarding for over 25 years with no plan of ever stopping!
What do you love about CU Boulder?
The trees of course! It’s been an honor to be a steward of the campus trees. I love seeing people enjoying our amazing CU landscape.
What is your favorite type of music?
Punk Rock all day!
Plan ahead as bus services to campus for Fall 2021 may have changed
If you’re returning to campus for work soon and plan to ride the bus, COVID-19 impacts may have affected the Regional Transportation District (RTD) services and routes you used prior to the pandemic. Current routes in operation will likely continue to have capacity limits on buses and some routes will be on a limited service schedule. There are also several options for the public to provide feedback to RTD regarding these changes and their upcoming September service changes. Learn more on the PTS website.
Check your email signatures
It is time to check our email signatures. Adding contact information to your email signature on new emails and replies allows your contacts to easily get in touch with you. Following a few guidelines will ensure that all signatures are in line with university branding standards and are ADA compliant. Consistent email signatures deliver a visually coherent look across university departments and offices. Get the instructions here.
Exploring with ISIEC
Juneteenth is Saturday, June 19, 2021. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day, Juneteenth celebrates the day when Union Army General Gordon Granger read aloud the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865, in the city of Galveston, Texas – supposedly the last place in the U.S. to hear of its passage. In fact, it took almost two-and-a-half years for word to reach the farthest corners of the then 34-state union. Today, Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 48 states.
Want to learn more? Revisit CU Boulder Today's article "Why is Juneteenth gaining momentum?" a conversation with Hillary Potter, associate professor of ethnic studies and associate dean for inclusive practice in the College of Arts and Sciences, to glean insights and understanding about Juneteenth.