Administration Rises to the Challenge
I doubt anyone could have predicted the incredible disruption to our lives that COVID-19 has caused. My heartfelt thoughts are with all of you who have experienced the consequences of COVID-19 firsthand—the health, economic and emotional implications. I was saddened to hear that one of our dedicated employees from Facilities Management passed away after contracting the virus. Please keep Emmanuel Gomez’s family in your prayers. It has also been hard to learn of other members of our Administration family who have been stricken with this virus. I pray that everyone will recover as quickly as possible.
In the face of adversity there is opportunity, and I am so proud of how quickly and effectively Administration facilitated the transition to support remote working, teaching and learning. As usual, Administration is at the forefront of managing the campus response and I could not be more proud of how effectively Administration team members have managed the emergency operations center; facilitated the transition of tens of thousands of students, faculty and employees to a remote environment; and worked from home to provide the continuation of operations despite the additional challenge of working with young children at home and juggling work responsibilities with home schooling and other family obligations. I am especially grateful for the employees assigned to essential functions who continue to report to campus to support hospital, housing, research, remote teaching and working, and other critical campus operations.
I recognize that there are many of our team members who have not been able to work for various reasons and I look forward to the day when all operations return to campus. In the meantime, I invite you to explore the new UCLA Talent Match, a service that was recently developed through Campus Human Resources. Where possible, temporarily displaced employees may be able to find work supporting other campus departments.
Thank you all for doing your part to support the campus community during this very challenging time. I find comfort knowing that UCLA will successfully navigate this crisis because of the commitment, talent and conviction of the dedicated team members who make up Administration.
Administrative Vice Chancellor