SAB Fora

Vice Chancellor Fora

The Staff Advisory Board seeks to continue supporting staff by amplifying your voices to campus leadership. The upcoming pair of fora will host the six Vice Chancellors of UCSC. Mark your calendars for the following events:

  • The first forum:
    • Date/Time: Thursday 3/2/23, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    • Location: Merrill Cultural Center, and it will be broadcast live
    • Presenters:
      • VC DEI, Anju Reejhsinghani
      • VC ITS, Aisha Jackson
      • VC UR, Mark Davis
  • The second forum:
    • Date/Time: Wednesday 3/15/23, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    • Location: Merrill Cultural Center,  and it will be broadcast live
    • Presenters:
      • VC DSAS, Akirah Bradley-Armstrong
      • VC FOA, Ed Reiskin
      • VC Research, John MacMillan

You will be able to watch each forum live by visiting the UCSC SAB Forum Channel.

In order to allow for as many questions as possible to be addressed within the limited time, and to help the presenters address the most frequently asked questions in their initial remarks, we are soliciting questions ahead of time via these google forms:

These forms will also continue to collect questions during the events. As always, we will post answers to all unanswered questions on this page.

Note: though we are not collecting identifying information on the question forms, you must be signed into your UCSC email account to access the forms. This helps keep the UCSC Staff voice at the center of the discussion.

New: Since this is an in-person event that will be broadcast live, we will take two questions from the in-person audience for every one question we read from the question forms.

If you require accommodation for effective communication to fully participate in this event, please contact the Staff Advisory Board at, with as much advance notice as possible. We will do everything possible to meet the request.

The forum will be recorded and available after the event.


If you have further concerns or questions, please reach out to the Staff Advisory Board at any time:

SAB organizes several staff fora each year. Typically these include the two Chancellor's Fora (Fall & Winter). Other fora are scheduled as needed; past fora have included the Diversity Forum, the Staff Advisors to the Regents Staff Forum, and Campus Budget Forum. SAB arranges the venue, media service requirements, agenda item recommendations, possible talking points, and any refreshments. Dates are coordinated with the office of the Chancellor.

Past forum recordings, can be accessed at or below. Q&As from each forum, can be accessed below. 


October 20, 2022 - Chancellor Forum

Responses to unanswered questions


May 31, 2022 - Chancellor Forum

Responses to Unanswered Questions

February 17, 2022 - Winter CP/EVC Forum


CP/EVC Responses to Unanswered Questions

October 20, 2021 - Fall Chancellor's Forum

Answers to unanswered Q&As available here.


May 6, 2021 - Spring Chancellor's Forum

October 22, 2020 - Campus Budget Forum

Question and Answer Document (pending responses from campus leaders)


June 5, 2020 - Chancellor & Senior Leadership Forum


Question and Answer Document (added 8/7/2020)

April 23, 2020 - Chancellor & Senior Leadership Forum

Forum Slide Deck

Question and Answer Document (added 5/15/2020)

The following four questions or topics were the most frequently raised in the prep survey as well as in the forum itself.

Will fall instruction take place remotely or in-person? What about housing and other operations?

An Academic Recovery and Resilience Task Force has been charged to review scenarios for fall instruction, research, and housing. We intend to start the fall quarter as scheduled, but the modality of instruction is not yet known. Some or all instruction could be offered remotely. Decisions will be guided by many public health considerations and state and local mandates that are not yet known.
Will there be budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs, or other personnel actions as a result of COVID19? When will we know what those actions will be?
The COVID19 pandemic has already had a fiscal impact on our campus, but the breadth and depth of the future impact is not yet clear. The impact is likely to affect multiple sources of campus funds.  For example, enrollment decreases would affect tuition and fee revenue, a reduced income tax base would affect our state funding, and shelter-in-place or partial student presence would affect other revenue received through housing, dining, transit, events, and a host of other sources. We do not yet know how our operations and services will change in response to the pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Though we were able to provide the campus community with assurance that there would not be COVID19 related layoffs prior to June 30th, we can not say with certainty what will happen after June 30th.
Will there be opportunities to expand remote work options for staff?
We are charging an Operations and Employee Recovery and Resilience Task Force. One of the areas of focus is examining what elements of remote work could or should be continued or expanded. This task force will be seeking broad input as it undertakes its charge.
When and how will we return to work? What if people are scared to come back? Will there be testing in place?
We are charging an Operations and Employee Recovery and Resilience Task Force. One of the areas of focus is reviewing how individuals who have been working remotely and who have roles that will shift back to on-campus locations, will return. This includes recommendations about the protocols that should be in place to advance public health and safety. In addition, they are working on recommendations to support employees who might be fearful to return. This task force will be seeking broad input as it undertakes its charge.


Audio recordings of the forums from 2012-2016 are available by request. Please email for more information.