UC ANR Strategic Initiatives
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UC ANR Strategic Initiatives

Program Teams? Workgroups? Strategic Initiatives?


Strategic Initiatives? Program Teams? Workgroups?

What's a Workgroup? Program Team? Strategic Initiative? It's as easy as A, B, C.

Confused? Try this Frequently asked Questions Fact Sheet.

A. Workgroups are our most foundational units; operating as Communities of Practice where people

  • Plan, and
  • Implement

    Workgroups align with relevant Program Teams.

   Interested in forming a new workgroup? See below.

B. Program Teams provide the opportunity to

  • Network,
  • Share, and
  • Learn

    Program teams then align with relevant Strategic Initiatives 

C. Strategic initiatives (SIs) are the umbrellas that

  • Unify,
  • Communicate, and
  • Advocate
    for the work we do; bringing the power of science to deliver practical solutions to help California.

  • Note. While the 5 SIs all interact, the figure (at right) highlights the cross-cutting nature of pests and Water.


Program Team Meeting Report Form

A very simple reporting form is now required for Program Team meetings. If you have any questions, view the Workgroup FAQs

To Schedule a Program Team Meeting.

Program Team (PT) leaders submit this request form to schedule a PT meeting.

Note: When can you meet? PTs can of course meet or conference call whenever they like. Funds to meet in person are potentially available up to two times per year. 

1) Once a year as a Program Team, and

2) In association should a relevant Strategic Initiative hold a conference.

Note: Meeting support is provided by the Program Support Unit (PSU).

To form a new workgroup?

Add group
To propose a new workgroup, please complete a short online form.


New workgroups are approved by the Associate Vice President and the Vice Provost SI & SWP. We'll be in touch within 5 working days.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact:

Joni Rippee
Director, Program Planning & Evaluation

Oakland 510-987-0136; Davis 530-750-1255

 Sherry Cooper
Director, Program Support Unit

Webmaster Email: mozbell@ucanr.edu