New Employee Orientation and New Employee Benefits Webinar

Welcome to the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). As a new employee at one of the nation’s top research and teaching universities, you have a world of opportunity ahead of you. We offer THREE orientations for new employees:

  1. MONTHLY New Employee Orientation – This will give you an overview and understanding of UC and UCOP and the tools and resources to assist you in navigating your way around UCOP.
  2. MONTHLY Benefits Webinar – This covers all of your benefits.
  3. MONTHLY New Hire IT Orientation – This will help you get situated with IT technology such as Outlook, your Jabber phone, file sharing, and so on.

We encourage you to sign up for all three sessions as soon as possible after beginning work at UCOP.

New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation is offered in person every month at the UCOP Broadway building in Oakland. Employees are highly recommended to attend orientation within their first month. Hybrid Oakland employees are expected to attend the live sessions. Virtual orientation dates are only available to UC Path, UCDC, Sacramento and fully remote employees.

To register, please visit the UC Learning Center. Search: New Employee Orientation. Choose the correct date. A schedule is provided at the bottom of this page.  If you do not have access to the UC Learning Center yet, please email to register. 

Employees who are unable to attend the UCOP new employee orientation can access employee resources on the Local Human Resources webpage and in the Navigating UCOP: A Quick Reference Guide.

2024 schedule

In Person Orientation—Second Tuesday of every month from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

In-Person Orientation



February 13

Broadway Conference Center

March 12

Franklin Lobby 1

April 9

Franklin Lobby 1

May 14

Broadway Conference Center

June 11

Franklin Lobby 1

July 9

Franklin Lobby 1

August 13

Franklin Lobby 1

September 10

Franklin Lobby 1

October 8

Broadway Conference Center

November 12

Franklin Lobby 1

December 10

Franklin Lobby 1

Virtual Orientation—On select Thursdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm.
Only UC Path, UCDC, Sacramento and fully remote employees may attend virtual orientation. Register in the UC Learning Center to receive the Zoom link for the orientation. If you do not have access to the UC Learning Center yet, please email to receive the Zoom link. 

  • January 25
  • March 7
  • April 25
  • May 30
  • July 11
  • August 22
  • October 3
  • November 14
  • December 12

UC Benefits Webinar

No doubt that you've heard that UC offers a rich and comprehensive benefits package.  We want to make sure you understand that offering and pick the best plans and coverages for you and your family.

Within a week of hire, you should be receiving a Welcome Kit in the mail, which contains the following materials:

  • Your Benefits at a Glance
  • A Complete Guide to Your UC Health Benefits
  • A Complete Guide to Your UC Retirement Benefits
  • Which Medical Plan is right for you?

In addition to these materials, we offer convenient webinars to provide an overview of the health and welfare and retirement benefits programs.

  • Employees who are eligible for Full benefits and Primary Retirement Benefits (Retirement Choice Program, UCRP):  First Friday of the month, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Employees who are NOT eligible for Primary Retirement Benefits:  Second Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

How to Attend the Benefits Webinar

  • Online: (, Join a meeting, Meeting ID code: 951 787-5041
  • Audio: If not using the computer audio feature: (408) 638-0968, Meeting ID: 951 787-5041
  • NOTE: You have 31 days from date of eligibility to enroll in your health and welfare benefits and 90 days for the Retirement Choice Program (if eligible).  The UCPath Center can answer any benefits questions you may have. Failure to understand your options may result in permanent loss or reduction of benefits. You can reach UCPath at (855) 9-UCPath or (855) 982-7284, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

New Hire IT Orientation

UCOP IT Client Services offers a monthly session to help new employees get started with their workstation computer. Topics covered include Outlook email and Outlook calendar, Duo, Jabber phone, document storage, wireless networks, printing, and how to get help from the Service Desk. The class is offered the 1st Wednesday of every month at 9:30am-10:30am via Zoom. 

You can learn more about IT services at Navigating UCOP.