Dear COFA Staff,
(This is a message from COFA Staff council from June 4, 2020 which we are sharing here)
Work likely isn’t the first thing on your mind. We may all be living through ongoing trauma with the pandemic and brutal news cycle, but we are not afforded the same privilege. Trauma is not new for our Black and POC neighbors, co-workers and loved ones.
Black Lives Matter. We condemn police brutality and white supremacy. We are committed to anti-racist work. We know that releasing a statement, sharing posts on social media and unlearning internalized racism is the bare-minimum required of allyship. We are committed to actively learning, listening and uplifting the voices of Black and POC professionals within COFA.
We are also looking to the future. We need to better support and amplify the Fine Arts Diversity Council past the current news cycle. We will advocate to get yearly anti-racism training at COFA. We hope to better understand how COFA is incorporating anti-racism in hiring practices. We want our talented, valuable and esteemed Black and POC staff members to feel safer working with us, and safer working on campus.
Are there things you’d like COFA Leadership to hear? Can COFA STAFF Council amplify your voice? Please share your thoughts on this survey (answers are recorded anonymously)
Please take care of yourself,
COFA Staff Council
JUNE 1, 2020
- A Statement from the Fine Arts Diversity Committee.
- Fine Arts Diversity Council Resources, including resources on Allyship and Anti-Racism as well as Resources for Black and POC COFA Community Members.
MAY 21, 2020
- Guidance on Campus Safety if You Are Planning to Visit Campus
- What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19
MAY 19, 2020
APRIL 24, 2020
APRIL 21, 2020
- Paid leave guidelines effective April 1 (Families First Coronavirus Response Act)
- Guide to Day to Day Living under COVID-19 (from Central HR)
- Campus Safety Guidance (best practices for those who report to campus)
APRIL 6, 2020
- Staff Emergency Fund Information
- New timesheet questions section added.
- Hourly employee on-site question updated.
APRIL 2, 2020
MARCH 29, 2020
HealthPoint is offering FREE online fitness classes, these classes are open to anyone. The at-home workouts will begin streaming on the Zoom platform the week of March 30. The virtual classes will be led by the FIT Institute of Texas and Callie Ogden Yoga. The home workouts will offer tools to combat stress while providing motivation and inspiration sure to keep us all physically and mentally fit.
MARCH 26, 2020
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Shared Work Spaces
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) pdf on Managing the Stress of Social Distancing and Working Remotely.
- Managing Performance of Employees with a Flexible Work Arrangement pdf
Mental Health Resources
- 7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now
- Austin Area Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now
- UT Employee Assistance Program (UT Mental Health Resource Free to UT Staff)
Working Remotely Resources
- COFA IT Wiki Help (includes guidance on software updates, VPN, Zoom)
- Operational Schedules for University Central Offices
- Managing the Stress of Social Distancing and Working Remotely
- Managing the Performance of Employees with a Flexible Work Arrangement
Wellness and Mental Health
GUIDANCE ON WORKING REMOTELY
Hourly Employee Questions
Salaried Employee Questions
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