Course Catalog

Course Listings & Registration

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This page displays the courses and workshops available to UC Santa Cruz staff and offered by Learning & Development (L&D). We also collaborate with the campus community to advertise and support professional development and training opportunities offered by other Departments.

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Course Programs

Benefits Orientation & Workshops

Career Development

Diversity & Inclusion

Interpersonal Workplace Skills

Job Skills

Leadership, Management & Supervisory Development

Performance Appraisal Training

UC Compliance & Policy

Work-life & Wellness


Benefits Orientation & Workshops

Benefits Orientation Schedule
Benefits Orientation for employees who are newly eligible for Full or Mid-Level benefits.

Retirement & Savings Workshops
UC offers a range of planning and financial education classes to help you make the most of the UC Retirement Savings Program.

Career Development

My UC Career Portal 
This online development portal is available to all UC employees seeking to advance their career.

Confidential Career Coaching
Career Status Staff, past probation, are eligible to participate in three unique career workshops and up to three confidential career coaching sessions.

Managing My UCSC Career   
This is the first of three career development workshops offered by Learning & Development. The goal of this session is to introduce employees to the ‘My UC Career Portal’ (a free online career development tool, available to all UC employees) and the benefits of working with a career coach. This class is taught by Debbie Melnikoff, Third Wave Career Coaching. Topics will include:

  • The importance of managing one’s own career in today’s marketplace
  • The tools and resources available at UC Santa Cruz (online portal and career coaching) for employees to manage their careers
  • How to sign up for career coaching including prerequisites for coaching

Tell Your Story
This is the second of three career development workshops offered by Learning & Development. The workshop series is designed around the new 'My UC Career' online career development tool. The workshops’ contents are designed to be cumulative, so it is recommended that participants attend each in sequence. It is also recommended that participants complete the ‘Tell Your Story’ Module in the 'My UC Career' portal in preparation. This class is taught by Debbie Melnikoff, Third Wave Career Coaching. The goals of ‘Tell Your Story’ workshop will include:

  • Building from the ‘Tell Your Story’ Module in My UC Career to develop a compelling story to be in used in networking situations and interviews
  • Crafting content for Cover Letters and LinkedIn profiles
  • Practicing memorable pitches in class

Navigating Your Network
This is the third of three career development workshops offered by Learning & Development. The workshops’ contents are designed to be cumulative, so it is recommended that participants attend each in sequence. Participants should complete the ‘My Story’ and “Network and Research” Module in the My UC Career portal before attending. This class is taught by Debbie Melnikoff, Third Wave Career Coaching. The goals of ‘Navigating Your Network’ will include:

  • Learn strategies for developing a professional network
  • Adopt a ‘consultant’s’ mindset to identify opportunities at UC Santa Cruz to maximize career potential
  • Learn to navigate and expand your network, including LinkedIn  

Career Management Toolkit (Courtesy of UC Davis)
The best person to manage your career is you!

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program
The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers training to educate academic and staff employees about best practices aimed at creating an environment that values diversity and inclusion, is free from bias, and in which all employees are able to succeed.

Interpersonal Workplace Skills

UC Managing Implicit Bias Series
The UC Managing Implicit Bias Series is a six-course online training series designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact at the University. The series reinforces the UC diversity, equity, and inclusion values that enable the University to attract and retain a top talent workforce, and it further supports the UC commitment to developing effective leaders and managers of people. It is intended to supplement existing location programs and resources.

Are You Being Bullied?
Recent California legislation (AB 2053) has described abusive conduct (or workplace bullying) as, “conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer’s legitimate business interests.” This short workshop, intended for staff members who have concerns about bullying behavior, will explore what you can do to protect yourself and where you can find support.

Speaking up to Bias 
How do you respond when you hear a prejudicial statement in the workplace? Afterward, do you regret what you said, or the fact that you didn't say anything at all? This workshop will explore ways of speaking up against bias without shaming, blaming, or alienating the speaker. Please bring your own examples.

Managing Your Boss
Is your boss brilliant and focus-challenged or a procrastinator who makes thoroughness impossible? This seminar will give participants tools to analyze their skills and work habits as well as their boss'. Participants will be able to create a game plan, including communication tools, to make work meaningful and productive.

Respectfully Requesting Change
At some point, we all encounter behavior or communication patterns that interfere with our ability to do our best work, or be at our best in the workplace. In this workshop, we will review a simple template for respectfully requesting change, and practice applying it to common workplace situations - both lateral and hierarchical. Participants should not attend this workshop with their direct reports.

Conflict Management for Supervisors
At some point in your work as a supervisor, you will be asked to help resolve a conflict between two supervisees. When an employee comes to ask for your support, how do you respond? This workshop will prepare you to sidestep common mistakes and avoid getting in over your head. It offers practical strategies for intervening early, assessing the situation, and coaching employees to take constructive action. This session is intended for managers and supervisors. Participants should not attend this workshop with their direct reports.

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Job Skills

Approaches to Customer Service
While many organizations intend to deliver an incredible customer experience, some are better at delivering than others. This course will cover the critical elements of customer service that, when practiced, leaves customers feeling good about the conversations and assistance provided. Participants will learn specific techniques to apply in their roles.

Becoming a Better Learner
Lifelong learning means taking the time to explore the things that interest you and establishing a growth mindset. We will explore what a mindset for learning looks like and how to adopt one. This course prepares participants to become actively engaged in conversations at work, at home and in social settings.

Professional Writing Skills
Writing is an integral part of most of our jobs here at the University. This workshop will be devoted to writing letters of recommendation, of persuasion, of refusal, or of action, that reflect current word usage and up-to-date formats. You can also learn some basics about writing business cases, proposals, and reports.

Spreadsheets: Advanced Essentials
Advanced Essentials will mainly work in Excel, with some crossover into Google Sheets. This course is aimed at people who actively use spreadsheets and would like additional tools for sorting, organizing and analyzing data. This is not a beginner course, and we will not be going over spreadsheets basics. This is a short course that will introduce participants to formulas, functions, pivot tables and macros.

Spreadsheets 101
Spreadsheets are one of the most widely used and effective tools for tracking and reporting information. This course is intended to help computer users get up to speed with Excel and Google Sheets. We will cover different features of the interface, show users how to print, cover some simple scenarios, and cover the basics of formatting.

Introduction to G Suite: Docs, Drive, Sheets and Slides
G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite. This course is designed to help any novice G Suite user come up to speed quickly on the featured applications. Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks. Specific applications we will cover are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Introduction to G Suite: Gmail, Calendar, Forms and Hangouts
G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite. This course is designed to help any novice G Suite user come up to speed quickly on the featured applications. Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks. Specific applications we will cover are Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Forms, and Google Hangouts.

Communication Strategies
The purpose of this workshop is to help participants understand the impact that their communication skills have on other people. Participants will explore common communication issues and develop skills to become more effective communicators in the workplace.

Problem Solving & Decision Making
This course will explore key concepts in problem solving and decision making. Including how to analyze information to clearly describe problems, identify appropriate solutions and put things together in a way that works.

Effective Strategic Planning
Strategic plans naturally become harbingers of change. In this course, participants will explore the concept of strategic planning, be introduced to the pyramid strategic plan structure and learn how to use a SWOT analysis. The goal of this course is for participants to identify where they currently are and what they need to do to get where they want to go.

Project Management Fundamentals
Whether Project Management is in your job description or not, you are often expected to take on extra assignments, and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time. This course will familiarize participants with the most common terms and practices when working on projects.

Keys to Collaboration
Collaboration is increasingly important as we evolve into connected global citizens. In this session, you will understand what collaboration means, common obstacles and the qualities effective collaborators possess.

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Leadership, Management & Supervisory Development

Performance Appraisal Training
Staff Human Resources provides the following resources to support managers and supervisors in completing the appraisals: Standardized appraisal forms are provided at our Procedures page: Performance Appraisal Instructions for Supervisors. Your ELR Analyst can provide you with advice and assistance in writing performance appraisals and consultation in advance of the official appraisal meeting with employees. We expect managers and supervisors to consult with their ELR Analyst when writing a performance appraisal that is less than satisfactory or if performance issues exist. Employees may also direct questions to appraisals@ucsc.edu. Training will be offered in the following formats:

UC Conducting Performance Appraisals: eCourse
This course provides the fundamentals of performance management, including important tools and resources needed to support UC managers in their roles. Learners are encouraged to download the Participant Playbook found within the course and use it to help capture key concepts, complete exercises, and use as a reference back on the job.

Delivering Effective Performance Appraisals: Best Practices and Technical Tools for Success
This in-person training focuses on performance management and using the online appraisal tool including Goal-Setting, Feedback, and Coaching.

Addressing Bullying & Abusive Conduct for Managers
In a 2016 statement, University of California President Janet Napolitano wrote, “The University does not tolerate abusive conduct or bullying. Regardless of circumstances or setting, staff at all levels found to be engaging in abusive conduct should be held accountable.” As a manager, one of your responsibilities is to protect staff members from abusive conduct in the workplace. In this short workshop, we will review the basics of preventing and managing bullying at UC Santa Cruz. Topics will include

  • Informing staff of University guidelines and expectations
  • Responding to individual complaints about bullying Effectively intervening in patterns of abusive conduct
  • Providing appropriate resources and referrals to those who have engaged in bullying, and those on the receiving end
  • Finding the information and support you may need along the way
  • Note: Please bring a laptop or tablet to class

Management Development Program
The Management Development Program is a dynamic systemwide training program designed to enhance and strengthen your leadership capabilities in the UC Core Competencies and ensure you have the skills, knowledge and resources to effectively lead, engage, and develop your team. The program consists of completing four modules focused around the UC Core Competencies of people management, employee engagement and change management.

Management Development Program: Manager Redefined
"Manager Redefined" is the first module of the Management Development Program. This module explores what is required of managers today and discusses four key areas of focus:

  • Role of the Manager
  • Building Authenticity and Trust
  • Executing Tasks Through Others
  • Developing and Engaging People
It is recommended, but not necessary, to take all four classes in the series. MDP is designed for mid-level managers but is open to anyone who aspires to manage people.

Management Development Program: The Engagement Equation
"The Engagement Equation" is the second module of the Management Development Program. This module goes beyond pure motivation to complete a task or do a job. Organizations with high levels of employee engagement are more efficient, have higher productivity and perform better financially than those that don’t. This module discusses what engagement is and the manager’s role in enabling team engagement. You will:
  • Describe the drivers of Engagement
  • Understand your role in Engagement
  • Increase your team’s Engagement by using the Engagement Essentials
  • Plan for and conduct Engagement Conversations
  • Maintain Momentum through Follow-Up Meetings
Management Development Program: Exercising Influence
"Exercising Influence" is the third module of the Management Development Program. More and more, managers find themselves having to affect an organizational outcome or motivate someone to take action without having direct authority over the situation or the person in question. This module focuses on influence, a key skill in today’s work environment. Topics covered include:
  • Identifying and assessing influence opportunities and choosing strategies to impact those opportunities
  • Evaluating your business network and building supportive working relationships
  • Engaging others in a way that is motivating and makes things happen
Management Development Program: Change Management
"Change Management" is the fourth module of the Management Development Program . “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” — Heraclitus Heraclitus who lived 100 years before Plato knew this, and it is never more true than in today’s organizations. This module focuses on change and the manager’s role in understanding, communicating and driving change. Topics covered include:
  • Developing the ability to drive change
  • Understanding change and individual change styles
  • Leading and motivating others through organizational change

UC People Management Series & Certificate

In 2017, UC Office of the President instituted the UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate (PMS&C), a free online resource that enables UC employees to develop and improve leadership skills. Those who successfully complete the full program are eligible to attend the annual UC People Management Conference.  

UC employees may sign up for the PMS&C via the UC Learning Center.  To successfully complete the whole program, learners must complete the following:

  • 10 Core courses
  • 6 Implicit Bias Courses
  • 4 Electives

For more details on the program, please visit the UC Office of the President’s webpage:

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UC Compliance & Policy

Fair Hiring: Best Practices in Staff Recruiting
Attracting and hiring the most qualified candidates to fill staff positions are essential to achieving our mission at UC Santa Cruz. Fair Hiring: Best Practices in Staff Recruiting is one of several UC Santa Cruz mandatory trainings. In this training, you will learn campus best practices to ensure fairness and excellence in all stages of the recruitment process.

Preventing Workplace Violence
The intent of this handbook is to establish a Zero Tolerance Standard with respect to acts of intimidation, threats of violence, or acts of violence relating to the workplace (violence which stems from an employment relationship) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It is intended as a guide for employees, supervisors, and managers and has been prepared to aid in the recognition and response to employee workplace violence. A safe and secure workplace is essential to carrying out the mission of the University; the campus and its employees are committed to working together to create and maintain a workplace that is as free as possible from forms of harassing and threatening behaviors.

Safety Training
EH&S provides training to UC Santa Cruz staff, faculty, and students in a variety of environmental, health, and safety topic areas. Some courses are held on a regular, rotating basis, and can be found on the schedule maintained as part of the BAS Events Manager online registration system. Some are seasonal, depending on specialized needs or are presented as part of an ongoing series.

UC Ready Training & Information Sessions
Business Continuity Planning helps an organization respond to the impact of an emergency event or unplanned interruption to normal operations, and be able to continue to provide a minimum acceptable level of service during and in the immediate aftermath of such an event.

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Work-life & Wellness

UC Cyber Security Awareness Training
Each member of the University community has a responsibility to safeguard the information assets entrusted to us. This training program will better prepare all of us to fulfill this responsibility and to strengthen our defenses against future attacks. This course will take approximately 50 minutes to complete.

Sustainability Certificate Program
Examine sustainability through multiple lenses and develop knowledge and strategies for building a more inclusive and sustainable campus. To complete the certificate, participants must complete the six core required courses and one elective within two academic years.

Be Positive
Although not everyone believes in the idea of being positive, it’s a field that’s been around for centuries throughout the world. Today scientists understand why attitudinal approach — positive versus negative — dramatically impacts us and our relationships with others. In this class we’ll discuss our ability to benefit from being positive by making changes in our thought process and perspective.

Mindfulness Meditation  - See locations below
Meditation sessions are offered three days a week in locations spread across campus. The sessions are free and open to faculty, staff, and students. No prior meditation experience is needed. The exercises are non-denominational and secular. No registration required. Each session will include about five minutes of introduction, 15–20 minutes of silent sitting or sitting and movement, and conclude with five minutes of questions and answers.

Mondays - 12:15 - 12:45 in Humanities 2, Room 359 with Christine Voenell and Kathy Schmidt

Tuesdays - 12:15pm to 12:45pm in McHenry Library FITC Room 1336 with Scott Campbell

Wednesdays - 12:15 to 12:45pm at Scotts Valley Center, Room 1106 with Nathan McCall

Thursdays - 12:15pm to 12:45pm in McHenry Library FITC Room 1336 with Scott Campbell

Meditation Web Site

Benefits of Mindfulness from The Greater Good Science Center

Resilience: Navigating the Unexpected with Grace
Building resilience is an important skill for managing the stresses (big and small) that impact our lives. Resilience increases our ability to "respond" rather than "react" to unexpected events and set-backs. In this class, participants will explore what it means to be resilient and why it is an important skill/competency to nurture and develop in self and others. Participants will practice specific tools and approaches for building resilience in their own lives, and learn how to support cultivating a culture of resilience in the workplace.

Emotional Intelligence Series, Part 1 of 5 - Introduction
This 2-hour introductory class is the first in a series of 5 classes designed to present the concepts of emotional intelligence as explained by Daniel Goleman, psychologist, researcher and author. This class will introduce the concept of emotional intelligence, explore how the brain works in relation to emotions, consider how negative emotions hijack rational thought, look at the low road and high road pathways of the brain in relation to thought and emotion, and we'll learn that self-coaching could be an effective way to create new brain pathways.

This class kicks-off the remaining four classes that will approach the Goleman model of emotional intelligence:Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social-Awareness, and Relationship-Management.
(It is recommended, but not necessary, to take all five classes in the series.)

Emotional Intelligence Series, Part 2 of 5 - Self-Awareness
We know we have emotions, but we sometimes aren’t aware of them until it is too late. This 90-minute class explores the first facet of Daniel Goleman’s 4 categories of Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness. Viktor Frankl posits that between stimulus and response is a space, and in this space is the power to monitor and make an appropriate response. This class discusses how we can become more conscious of our response mechanisms. The brain is capable of rewiring itself throughout our lives, and this class will offer what are called low-road and high-road techniques of building our neural circuitry that will serve to help us thrive in the workplace.

Emotional Intelligence Series, Part 3 of 5 - Self-Management

Managing emotions includes staying open to feelings and responses, learning from them, and using the information to modify reactions, make decisions and choose appropriate behaviors. This 90-minute class explores how we process emotions, how we can cope with negative emotions, learning to attune ourselves to positive emotions, and how we can transform unhelpful emotions into more positive actions. You will learn a quick technique called emotional CPR to help you thrive in the workplace.

Emotional Intelligence Series, Part 4 of 5 - Social-Awareness

This class explores the third part of Daniel Goleman’s 4 Principles of Emotional Intelligence: Social-Awareness. We know we have emotions and we recognize and try to monitor them. This class deals with an understanding of what is going on with other’s behaviors, thoughts, emotions and perceptions. Empathy is the ability to stand in another’s shoes, to be able to nurture and grow positive relationships. This class looks at competencies of social awareness, how to monitor what is going on with others, the recognition that emotions are contagious, the ability to identify verbal and nonverbal triggers, and how we can listen more deeply.

Emotional Intelligence Series, Part 5 of 5 - Relationship Management

The last of the series of classes on Emotional Intelligence explores Daniel Goleman's 4th Principle: Relationship Management. This 90-minute class delves into the skills of understanding emotions, thoughts and behaviors of others that lead to effective interpersonal communication for everyone involved. Building these skills leads to influencing others, handling conflict effectively, and becoming a leader that embraces the Principles of Community here at UC Santa Cruz. The class explores the competencies and benefits of relationship management such as building connection, relating authentically, and creating a positive work environment.

Faculty & Staff Wellness Program
Cruz your way to wellness! Faculty and staff can participate in a wide range of health and wellness programs designed to help you be healthy and stay motivated.

UCSC FITLIFE
We strive to help you attain optimal well-being through fitness outreach, programming, classes, and education.

UC Living Well
Welcome to UC Living Well a holistic portal providing faculty, staff and retirees with physical, emotional, and financial resources to promote a healthy culture at the University of California.

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