University of California, Riverside


Chancellor's Task Force on Staff Engagement

Bell Tower with Rivera Arches

Join the Conversation

All staff are invited to participate in the conversation about improving staff engagement on campus. The Task Force has developed a set of preliminary recommendations and is soliciting feedback through a series of open forums and an online form. Please feel free to attend one of the following sessions, and/or submit the online feedback form. You can also feel free to email with any questions or feedback.

September 19 from 9-10am in Lothian Residential Restaurant (Dining employees)
September 21 from 2:30-3:30pm in Lothian Residential Restaurant (Dining employees)
September 27 from 6-6:30am in Chung Hall Room 138 (Facilities employees)
September 27 from 11:00-11:30am in Pentland Hills Bear Cave (Facilities employees)
September 27 from 1:00-1:30pm in Pentland Hills Bear Cave (Facilities employees)
September 27 from 4:15-4:45pm in HUB 269 (Facilities employees)
October 9 from 1-2pm in Glen Mor K106/K108 (Facilities Leadership)
October 15 from 12-1pm in HUB 355 (All employees) - light refreshments will be provided
October 18 from 12-1pm in UC Path Intellicenter (UC Path employees)
October 29 from 10-11am in Pentland Hills Bear Cave (Dining Leadership)

A summary of the preliminary recommendations and discussion questions is available in English and Spanish here.

Charge to the Task Force

High levels of engagement impact employee retention and improve organizational performance. Chancellor Wilcox launched the Task Force on Staff Engagement in May 2018 to identify opportunities to enhance staff engagement and develop recommendations for additional actions to increase staff engagement at UCR.

In 2012, UC initiated periodic administration of a survey of nonrepresented staff to measure employee engagement. The most recent survey was conducted in 2017. In January 2018, an open forum was held at UCR to share both systemwide and campus results, and to obtain feedback about priorities for campus staff.  

task force timeline


The task force will review results from the 2017, 2015 and 2012 surveys as well as recent campus input from the January 2018 forum and from the 2017 “Campus Conversations.” Informed by these data, the task force will identify best practices, propose opportunities for improvements at UCR, and develop recommendations for campus actions to address issues raised by staff, with a goal of increasing staff engagement.  

The task force will meet twice a month for approximately six months, and will put forth recommendations to the Chancellor by December 15, 2018. This timetable will require dedication to hard but enormously meaningful work. Participants will have a voice in shaping material enhancements to the staff experience at UCR. 

Learn more about the Staff Engagement Task Force's plan.


2017 Staff Engagement Survey Results
UCR Today story on Staff Engagement Survey results forum

Task Force Membership

Julie Salgado (co-chair), CHASS Event Services Coordinator
Jadie Lee (co-chair), Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Abril Chavando, Credential Analyst, University Extension
Teri Eckman, Associate Director, Information Technology Solutions
Jeff Girod, Director, CHASS Marketing and Communications
Kenneth Grombacher, HVAC/R and Food Services Supervisor
Kim Huynh, TAPS Events Coordinator, Business and Administrative Services
Fahd Mantara, Financial Services Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Brooke Rodriguez, Human Resources & Payroll Coordinator, School of Medicine
Jason Rodriguez, Financial Analyst, Financial Planning & Administration
Veronique Rorive, Assistant Director, UC Mexico Initiative
Suzy Sharweed, Academic Advisor Lead, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kim Underhill, Student Services Advisor, Bourns College of Engineering
John Valdez, Financial and Administrative Officer, Student Affairs
Wilhelmina Van de Ven, Staff Research Associate, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Robert Wolfer, Information Technology Manager, Graduate School of Education

Contact Information

For more information, please contact; co-chairs Julie Salgado ( or Jadie Lee (; or staff support Beth Claassen Thrush (

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012