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Meet Human Resource’s Wellness Program Coordinator and Wellness Program Specialist

TWellness Team - Nicole and Juliehe UCR Wellness Program Coordinator and Workplace Health & Wellness Program Specialist play an essential role in promoting a healthy campus life.

Julie Chobdee, UCR Wellness Program Coordinator, is responsible for the overall administration and oversight of the UCR Faculty and Staff Wellness Program (FSWP). Julie has over 20 years of experience in the worksite wellness/health promotion industry and holds a professional Human Resources certificate, a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in public health. Julie also directs the Center of Excellence for Smoke/Tobacco-Free policy post implementation for the UC system. She is a co-chair of the UCR Healthy Campus Initiative, which develops, implements and institutionalizes polices to create a healthy workplace environment that supports sustainable behavior change.

Nicole Vargas is the UCR HR Wellness Program Specialist. Nicole is responsible for coordinating the implementation of all the UCR FSWPs and the Lactation Accommodation Program. She has over 10 years of experience in nutrition in public health, holds a master’s degree in public health and is a registered dietician. With Nicole’s support, the FSWP provides UCR staff and faculty with opportunities to improve or maintain their health while at work through programs (e.g. workshops, exercise, etc.) that covers the 7 Dimensions of Wellness. Nicole’s background as a registered dietician has been instrumental in partnering with UCR Dining, Hospitality & Retail Services to promote the Seeds of Change program which offers food that is healthier, sustainable and ethically sourced across the UCR campus.

For information about UCR’s wellness programs, please visit the UCR Human Resources Wellness Program website.

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New! UCR Health – 2018 Open Enrollment

During open enrollment, consider the advantages of selecting UCR Health as your partner for care.

UCR Health is a team of physicians, specialists and healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health of you and your family. They are the clinical enterprise of the UC Riverside School of Medicine, so you can be confident that you are receiving the highest-quality care. UCR Health contracts with most health plans, including UC Care and Health Net Blue & Gold.*

For more information, visit the UCR Health Open Enrollment webpage or call (844) 827.8000.

* UCR Health is finalizing their relationship to provide care for Health Net Blue & Gold members.

 Open Enrollment 2017-2018
Open Enrollment – Coming this Month

Beginning 8:00 a.m., Thursday, October 26, 2017
Ending 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Open Enrollment Highlights: continued low costs, diverse plan options, ways to manage your costs, and benefits to help you stay well.

Kaiser Permanente will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic during the Open Enrollment Benefits Fair. Flu shots will be offered at no cost on a limited first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: you do not have to be a Kaiser Permanente member to receive a flu shot.

Anthem Blue Cross will replace Optum Rx for PPO pharmacy benefits in 2018 and will administer pharmacy benefits for all of UC’s preferred provider organization (PPO) medical plans.

For more information about the 2018 UC Open Enrollment, visit UCNet.

Compensation - October Wage Adjustments
Fair Wage, Fair Work Program

This program increases the campus minimum wage from $14 to $15 for staff working at least 50% time or more. For more information about this program, visit the UCR Mandatory Permanent Poster webpage.

Financial Education Workshops
Free Financial Education Workshop
for UCR Faculty and Staff

Your UC Retirement System – Monday, October 16, 2017
Guide to Investing in the UC Retirement Savings Program – Tuesday, October 17, 2017

These financial education workshops provide UCR faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of retirement income planning and how to design a financial roadmap. For more information about these workshops, please view the workshop flyer.

Equal Employment & Affirmative Action

LGBT History Month 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Month

October 2017

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) history month is a month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender icons. Each day of the month, a new LGBT icon is saluted as a role model for  achievements in their field of endeavor; for their status as a national hero; or for their significant contribution to LGBT civil rights. For more information, view the LGBT History Month flyer.

Employee and Organizational Management

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Employee Professional Development Catalog

New for 2017-2018

The UCR Human Resources Employee & Organizational Development team is pleased to announce the 2017-18 course catalog for employee development planning. It contains the training calendar for the fiscal year, course and program descriptions, as well as helpful advice on how to create an individual development plan. We hope this will allow employees to strategically plan their development throughout the year and align their learning with the university’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities. Please visit the Employee & Organizational Development website to view the catalog.

Women's Professional Development
New! 2018 Women’s Initiative for Professional Development

Nominations are now being accepted for all three 2018 cohorts.

The UC Women’s Initiative (UC WI) is an experiential professional development program for women designed to elevate women in leadership, establish a pipeline for advancement, and contribute to women’s and UC's success. UC WI is sponsored by the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) and the UC Office of the President, and is delivered by CORO, a prestigious national non-profit leadership development organization. Over the last two years, seven midcareer UCR staff and faculty have participated in two pilots of the program.

For more information about this program, please visit the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development website.

CORO Leadership Development program
UC CORO Leadership Development Program

The UC CORO program is designed to create a network of leaders across UC and increase opportunities to initiate positive change, innovation and collaboration. UCR has the highest number of faculty participants of any campus. To learn more, please visit the CORO Leadership Development Program website.

Suicide Prevent and Awareness
Suicide Prevention Awareness

New training designed for UCR faculty and staff.

Suicide is a leading cause of death among college students. Join us in reducing the likelihood of suicide among UCR students by taking a 30-minute online training simulation designed to help UCR faculty and staff identify the warning signs that a student may be in distress.

To access the training, please click here to take the online simulation. To learn more about UCR mental health trainings, please visit

In addition, the UCR Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is available to offer confidential counseling, referral and other needed services to faculty and staff with personal concerns.

Lynda.com2 Featured Courses

October 2017 is an online training library available to all UCR staff and faculty via R’Space. It contains over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, to support both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, Smart Phone or personal computer. For more information, visit the HR Employee & Organizational Development website.

UCR Professional Development Courses – October 2017

Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to view the full offering of courses.

Registration for these courses is required through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Workplace Health and Wellness

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Healthy Campus Initiative

Study, Work & Live

The Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) invests in improving the health and quality of life on the UCR campus and in the surrounding communities. UCR’s Healthy Campus Initiative has formed partnerships with staff, faculty, students and local communities to focus on making UCR a healthy place to study, work and live. Please visit the Healthy Campus Initiative website to learn more about the program, as well as details about the HCI Faculty Competition and the HCI Project Grants.

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The more you move, the more you win

R’Move is a free physical activity tracking program (Walker Tracker), that syncs with your activity device (such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, etc. or your iPhone or Android phone). This new tool allows you to track and convert any physical activity into steps. As you accumulate steps, you will earn prizes. For more information, visit the UCR HR Wellness website.

 Talk with a Doc
Talk with a Doc

Women’s Health | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Diabetes Prevention | Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Healthy Aging | Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UCR Health, the clinical arm of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), is sponsoring the Talk with a Doc Wellness Series for UCR faculty and staff. To get more information on these workshops, please review the program flyer.

For more information on the program, please read the article in Inside UCR.

 Walk and Talk with Leadership

Walk and Talk with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Come and join Chancellor Wilcox for some fresh air and a short walk on our beautiful campus. For more information, view the leadership series schedule.

 Financial Wellness Workshops

Financial Wellness Workshops

Create a Budget | Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Build a Portfolio | Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The UCR Faculty and Staff Wellness program and Fidelity are conducting a series of brown bag workshops on Financial Wellness. For more information, view the workshop flyer.

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