JULY 15, 2021 — Editor’s note: The following message was sent today via email from Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar Mendez to all faculty and staff:
Yesterday, you heard from senior leadership about campus operations this fall. As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, many of us will see adjusted work modalities to support a robust in-person experience for our Roadrunner community.
Over the past year, we saw an incredible amount of innovative ideas and efficiencies that support working and learning remotely. Although many in-person activities are poised to resume, we have an opportunity to incorporate these new best practices as we move forward, ensuring we support our in-person and virtual workforce and provide high-quality services to our students and each other.
Fall Work Modalities
Many of you will resume working on campus this fall, while others will continue working remotely on a hybrid or full-time basis. Area managers and vice presidents carefully considered work modalities based on the requirements of individual positions. Your assigned modality is essential to supporting the university, our students and your teams.
Soon, your manager will notify you of your fall work modality so that you have adequate time to prepare for any changes. If your modality includes in-person work, your manager will provide your return-to-campus date, which may vary from office to office. For those working remotely, your manager will work with you to complete a Work Modality Conditions and Agreement form, which will replace the current telecommuting agreements set to expire on July 31. New agreements go into effect August 1.
Next week, managers can expect to receive more instruction from People Excellence regarding work modality notifications and the agreement form process. Later this month, managers will also receive updated information on out-of-state employees, including a new exception review process.
Moving forward, newly hired faculty and staff will be advised of their work modality in their official offer letter. As part of the recruitment process, People Excellence will work directly with hiring managers to ensure work modalities are clearly stated in all stages of hiring.
Support & Accommodations
As we adapt to a work environment that includes a wide range of work modalities, we must make every effort to support and accommodate each other. For example, while many in-person office hours and meetings will resume this fall, virtual attendance options should be made available whenever practical to ensure our full community is engaged, regardless of work modality.
Likewise, we acknowledge that some individuals may need workplace accommodations due to qualifying impacts from the ongoing pandemic. Requesting an accommodation will follow the university’s standard process.
Starting today, People Excellence is offering a Return to Campus webinar series in partnership with our Employee Assistance Program, Deer Oaks. The series covers numerous topics, including coping with change, supporting your employees and staying resilient. These trainings are open to all interested employees, and I encourage you to attend.
As we prepare for fall, we are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 variants. If necessary, we will make adjustments to our work modalities and pandemic management plan to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Your ongoing resiliency and support will help us remain flexible should we need to adjust our recovery level.
In the meantime, we look forward to seeing many of you back on campus!
The Racial Justice Book Club was established at UTSA by members of the campus community to explore social justice following acts of racial violence across the nation over the last few years. We are reading The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas by Monica Muñoz Martinez. We will meet every Wednesday in September and October at 2 pm on Zoom.Virtual Event
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at our very own street fair - Calle UTSA. We will have activities, performances, food, music, and piñatas to break open.Student Union Paseo
"La Plática" is a space for thoughtful dialogue to build a sense of connection among the Roadrunner Community by getting to know each other better and sharing what's on our minds and about ourselves to increase to increase awareness of diverse perspectives.Virtual Event
This September 30, the Friday Series will feature Prof. Milena Ang, who will be presenting A Tren to Nowhere: Statistic Development and the Politics of Racial, a paper co-authored with Tania Islas-Weistein where they discuss Mexico's long history of state-led development projects that contribute to economic and racial inequality. The authors argue that despite professing racial justice, official discourses surrounding the Tren Maya reproduce existing symbolic and material forms of racism.McKinney Humanities (MH 4.01.01,) Main Campus
We invite you to learn about the process of screenwriting and explore the intersection of identity and pursuing dreams from Jorge Ramirez-Martinez and Raymond Perez, screenwriters for the Selena: The Series, released on Netflix. They will discuss their careers and writing process, including how their identities as Mexican American and gay men have shaped their professional experiences.Virtual Event
Please join us in remembering those who have entered the next part of life by designing a nicho box in their memory. This workshop will provide the necessary items to create your nicho box, though please remember to bring a photo or small object that can fit in a 3.5 x5x1 inch box (small jewelry box).John Peace Library GroupSpot B, Main Campus
Come celebrate the end of Hispanic Heritage Month with La Comunidad at The University of Texas at San Antonio. We will have food, games and dancing!H-E-B Student Union Ballroom 1 & 2, Main Campus
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