April 20, 2022

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

I am writing to invite you all to join us in recognizing and appreciating the accomplishments and contributions of our staff colleagues during Staff Celebration Week, which will be held this year on May 2 – May 6. We are so excited that we are able to celebrate our staff with in-person and virtual events this year, with measures in place to help ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

Our staff colleagues are such an integral part of our UC Santa Barbara family, and we are excited and look forward to the opportunity to honor your commitment and dedicated service to our university. We also acknowledge the challenges you have faced in your lives outside of work, and are honored by your continued and dedicated efforts and service as you navigated these pandemic times with your families. We depend on our staff colleagues in countless ways, from your vision and care of the university business, to your hard and diligent work day-in and day-out. We are honored to show our appreciation and to celebrate our joint accomplishments during the challenging time of the pandemic.

The kickoff event for the week will be our annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Staff Assembly, on Monday, May 2, at noon in the SAASB Courtyard. The Chancellor’s Staff Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 3, from 11 am – 1 pm on The Club Lawn. Other scheduled events include Coffee with Colleagues on Wednesday, May 4, at 9 am in Cheadle Plaza, as well as a Virtual Lunchtime Loteria on Thursday, May 5, at noon. Staff Celebration Week will wrap up with our Super Staff Social + Spring Arts & Crafts Bazaar on Friday, May 6, from 2 – 4 pm on the Faculty Club Lawn.

I hope all of our staff colleagues can participate in some way in the week’s activities. We have missed seeing each other, and we look forward to coming together, enjoying one another’s company, and celebrating the relationships and friendships that make our campus such a wonderful community. Dilling and I look forward to seeing all of you at our Staff Celebration Week activities.


Henry T. Yang