Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Over the next several days, tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies and demonstrations in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, many of us are concerned about the unpredictable nature of these events and what might unfold.

As a public university, UCSF defends the constitutional right of free speech. However, we condemn any action that threatens or intimidates people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability, age, or other characteristic.

For those who choose to participate in events over the coming days, there are many opportunities to peacefully express a commitment to the values that define UCSF – diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect – and to reject bigotry and hatred.

The UCSF Police Department and UCSF Health emergency management are working to coordinate our emergency response plan with efforts across the University of California and with other agencies, both local and regional. For more information, please refer to the safety bulletin that UCSF Chief of Police Mike Denson issued yesterday.

I remind you that we are prepared to support members of the UCSF community who may be distressed or feel at risk. Many campus resources are available to provide professional counseling and other assistance:

UCSF stands in solidarity with all throughout our country who are dedicated to achieving a society free of racism, bigotry, and hatred. Join me in committing to do our best, every day, to ensure that UCSF is a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse community.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor