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University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Virtual Benefits and Employee Services Fairs Coming Soon!

University Personnel is offering two unique virtual fairs for our faculty and staff employees this fall. Please save the dates and join us for these two important events.

Health Benefits Fair - Tuesday, September 28 (10:00am - 1:00pm)
This virtual event, hosted by the CSU Chancellor's Office, will showcase CSU Health Benefits Vendors. UP Benefits Services Representatives will also be available for consultation and to answer questions.

Employee Services Fair - Wednesday & Thursday, October 20-21 (10:00am - 1:00pm)
This virtual event is hosted by University Personnel and will showcase non-health vendors such as credit unions, gyms, dental offices, and more. In addition, SJSU departments and organizations have been invited to participate. If your department is interested in participating, please contact Tamela Sullivan at

More information on how to attend these two fairs coming soon.

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COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to everyone age 12 and older. We encourage all employees and campus community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones, as well as the campus and greater community as a whole.

Contact your healthcare provider or visit the California Department of Health’s My Turn website to register for your vaccine appointment. Looking for more information about the vaccine?
COVID-19 Vaccine
Reminder: All employees are requested to complete
the Self-Certification of Vaccination Status form.
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CSU Webinars: Preparing for Re-entry from COVID-19

Managing Fear and Anxiety
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM PST
Facilitated by: Empathia

Watch Live Broadcast

The session will cover the following:
  • Common concerns, fears and anxieties about re-entry
  • How to empathize with others who might not share your views
  • Practical strategies such as self-talk, self-care, mindfulness, breathing exercises and soothing techniques
  • How to help others, especially children and older adults
  • How and when LifeMatters EAP can help

Building Confidence: COVID-19 Vaccinations
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM PST
Facilitated by: Empathia

Watch Live Broadcast

This session will answer questions and concerns about the coronavirus vaccine.

Success or Stress: Thriving in a Chaotic World

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM PST
Facilitated by: Empathia

Watch Live Broadcast

The session will cover the following:
  • Causes of stress
  • The art of resiliency
  • Mindset and attitudes
  • Habits and actions
  • Connections and relationships
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We want to hear your good news!

University Personnel would like to highlight employee good news in our Well-being Wednesday newsletters. Please share your stories with us, send us photos of an activity you participated in, share "words of wisdom" from your kids, tell us what's been helping you cope through the shelter-in-place. During these trying times, it's important to find the good in things. Your stories can help us all do that.

Not sure what to share? Here are a few ideas to get you started: How are you balancing your time between work and home life?
  • How have you been staying active?
  • A big project that you procrastinated doing for months & finally finished.
  • Something your kids have been involved in.
  • A new volunteer opportunity; a new hobby.
  • You welcomed a new baby, got engaged, got married, or other life events.
  • An act of kindness that someone did for you or you did for someone else.
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I recently got married to my best friend and fellow SJSU staff member, Rigo Flores from New Student and Family Programs (NSFP). Despite the challenges of (re)planning with 4 versions of our guest list, 3 venues, and 2 different officiants, it turned out to be one special day!

We were reminded of how lucky we are to have such supportive friends and family members who found ways to celebrate us even if they could not be present in person as we originally had hoped.

While this may not have been our original "dream wedding," we couldn't imagine starting this chapter of our lives together in any other way - enjoying quality time, delicious food, and honoring our commitment to one another with our small group of immediate family and best friends with vaccinations and other COVID-cautious elements in the backyard of my childhood home.

Especially during these times, we have realized that finding the small moments of joy and hope in life is just as important as is leaning on your support network when challenges come your way.

Lauren (Welch) Flores
Guardian Scholars Program (EOP)
Photo by: Empathia

Keeping Beautiful in the Sun

A deep tan may get you compliments this summer, but too much sun exposure is likely to give your skin trouble down the road, causing premature wrinkling and other problems.

Dermatologists offer expert tips on keeping your skip in top shape in these Keeping Beautiful in the Sun videos:
Part 1

Part 2
Part 3
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Photo and Article by: American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society offers information to help you learn about the damaging effects that too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure can have on the skin. Read the full article to find tips to help you protect yourself and your family from getting too much sun.

Here are a few things to get you started:
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LifeMatters by
Empathia Services

Are you experiencing anxiety with everything that's happening across the country and around the world? 

Are you worried about returning to work and trying to figure out day care for your children?

You’re not alone. There are many employees feeling this way.

SJSU has partnered with LifeMatters by Empathia for your counseling and employee assistance needs. 

Contact Empathia for more information:
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Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff

Employees are also welcome to contact Rebecca Ochoa, SJSU's dedicated counselor for faculty and staff.

Rebecca comes to us from Empathia, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. 

She is here to help and listen, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Please note, these services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.

Student employees may contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for assistance. 
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Landed Homebuying Support
Article and photo by: Landed

Summer is the time to buy!

With summer rapidly approaching, we wanted to share a reminder about Landed, a homebuying resource that many employees have already used to achieve their homebuying goals. As you may know, Landed helps employees in education buy homes in local communities with their down payment program, homebuying education, and wraparound team support.

If you’d like to learn more you can contact Landed’s team directly at or reach out to with any questions.
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Informational Sessions
Additional Resources 
  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website
  • SJSU Staff Council encourages staff campus engagement, promotes a positive staff culture and actively participates in University affairs. 
Upcoming Webinars
  • Kaiser Permanente: Thriving Schools-Stories of the Next Normal from our Schools, Districts and Families webinar recording

  • Kaiser Permanente: Thriving Schools:- Voices of Change: Still We Rise.Recording Educational Theatre, in support of Kaiser Permanente's equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 4:00 PM PST Register
  • Kaiser Permanente: Coronavirus/COVID-19: Mental Health & Wellness Webinar Series: webinar recording
  • Kaiser Permanente: Coronavirus/COVID-19: Get the latest updates and response: webinar recording
Online Training Opportunities
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022