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LaWana Richmond,

Organizational Development Manager

Department: Transportation Services
VC Area: Resource Management and Planning
Years of service at UC: 13.75 years

In this spotlight, we asked LaWana to answer four questions for the Staff Association to get to know her.  



Share your experience working at UC San Diego

I started as a Blank Assistant II in OPAFS, after looking for a position that would allow me to focus on my thesis. I was only planning to be here a couple of months before returning to the private sector for a “real” job. Nearly 14 years later, I love the fact that I have had the opportunity through Staff Association leadership and other service activities to learn about and engage with individuals and departments throughout the UC enterprise.

How do you engage with the staff community to support and enhance the staff experience as defined by the Staff Association's Mission and Goals?

While here, I have served as Scholarship Chair and Chair for the Black Staff Association, Chair and Chair Elect for the Staff Association, Jr. and Sr. CUCSA Delegate, Staff Advisor to the UC Regents, and Staff Co-Chair of the Faculty and Staff Giving Council. I have also served on the Steering Council for the Strategic Plan, Advisory Council for the Black Academic Excellence Initiative, Staff Association Scholarship and Professional Development Committee, and Advisory Board for Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. In each of these spaces, while focusing on the needs and interests of my peers, I have also gained valuable insights and development as a leader.

How does your work and staff engagement uphold and contribute to the UC San Diego Principles of Community?

The Principles of Community are a big part of why I remain at UC San Diego. I am committed to efforts that align with those principles. Professionally, I have never shied away from difficult or uncomfortable conversations to support fairness. My dissertation research focus was inclusive approaches to strategic planning and innovation. My continued service on committees and initiatives is to support these values. In my current role as an organizational development manager, one of my aims is to support these principles throughout our department.

What are your personal interests?

In my free time, I do my Leonardo da Vinci imitation. Seriously, my interests include, art, science, history, literature, film, and pop culture. I have an event I (along with a few friends) created last year called Afrofuturism Lounge. Last year, we hosted an audience of 700 attendees at our mini con/after party during San Diego Comic Con. This year, we aim to at least repeat the success of last year. I also paint, write, speak, and train in boxing and kickboxing. My greatest joy these days is my grandson.