Staff Spotlight Series: Ariel Deardorff

We’re continuing the 5 Questions series with Ariel Deardorff, Data Science Services Librarian. Read more about the series in the introductory post.

What are some favorite parts of your job?

I like that my job involves working with lots of different people across the Library and campus, whether I am talking about data management, thinking about our education programs, or helping out in the Makers Lab. I find it really exciting to learn about everyone’s work and look for new ways to collaborate and build partnerships.

How did you get involved in the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women?

The Committee on the Status of Women is a campus-wide group of about 30 female staff and faculty that represent women’s issues to campus leadership, and plan events to help women develop in their careers. I learned about the group originally from Gail as both she and Kemi had previously served. It is a really interesting group to participate in as you discuss topics that impact different groups of women across campus like lactation policies, female representation in executive positions, and mentorship programs. I have learned so much about the university participating in this group for the past two years.

What was the most rewarding experience for you so far?

My most rewarding experience serving on the committee was being involved with the International Women’s Day on March 8th. I planned a workshop on Negotiation that was taught by a fabulous UCSF faculty member and attended by over 50 UCSF faculty and staff. It was really fulfilling to plan an event that had a direct impact on my colleagues (and likely led to some of them getting extra $$$!).

What is an upcoming event that you’re excited about?

We are already making plans for the 2019-2020 academic year and I think there will be more professional development activities coming soon!

How can folks join you or find out more?

You can join the committee! Applications are now open and will be accepted through July 5th. Since I have already served for two years I am stepping down from the committee at the end of August. I am happy to chat with anyone who is interested about the expectations and workload (which is pretty minimal) – just reach out!

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