University of California
Work Environment Assessment

March 19 2014 Message from ANR VP Barbara Allen-Diaz

UC ANR Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz
UC ANR Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz
March 19, 2014

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Dear Colleagues,

Today, the University of California released the results of a systemwide survey of all faculty, students and staff. The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) participated in this survey with the rest of the UC system to gather a wide variety of data related to work environments and work-life issues. UC ANR was the first location to administer the survey in the fall of 2012.

We wanted to know about your experiences working for UC ANR, and I want to thank you for your participation and honesty in filling out the survey.

The UC ANR Work Environment Assessment results are based on a 64% response rate from CE Specialists, Advisors and Staff located throughout our system. However, these results do not include AES faculty and CE Specialists located on the Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses who received the campus survey; or staff in Oakland who received the UCOP survey.

When asked about their work environment in UC ANR, 73% of the respondents said they were “very comfortable” or “comfortable,” and this is very positive news. However, there is also cause for concern because 31% of respondents believed that they had personally experienced exclusionary conduct in some form, such as feeling intimidated, bullied or ignored. This is an area where we can, and we will, do better. It is something that we must prioritize and address together, as an organization.

UC ANR is committed to ensuring a safe, supportive, inclusive and welcoming work environment for everyone. Everyone’s experience of their work environment is different, and detailed analysis of the data will help us understand the differences. We want to acknowledge areas where we are doing well; and identify issues that require attention.

The UC ANR Work Environment Assessment report is available at A complete look at the system-wide effort is available at

I am inviting your comments and suggestions – I want to hear from you:

I will be hosting a town hall in April – watch for the date in ANR Updates;
You can submit your thoughts and ideas on our work environment using the comments tool on this page.
We are a very large and geographically dispersed organization; an organization that has core values of respect, trust, honesty, integrity, professionalism, creativity and continual improvement; and an organization built on teamwork and collaboration. We must continue to work together as a team to ensure that these values are demonstrated every day, in our interactions with each other and in our work units.

Again, watch for our town hall in April to further discuss the survey results and next steps.


Barbara Allen-Diaz

Vice President

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