Dear Members of the UCSF Community,
The incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has once again focused our country on the reckless actions of those who seek to inflict hatred, intolerance, and violence in our communities and on our college campuses. UCSF absolutely and unequivocally condemns these actions and stands firmly in support of the values that are deeply ingrained within the University of California – diversity, respect, and inclusion.
UC President Janet Napolitano, speaking on behalf of the entire UC community yesterday, publicly condemned the hateful actions of the white supremacists, and voiced strong solidarity with our colleagues at the University of Virginia (UVA) who denounced the abhorrent display and “stood up to a crowd bent on violence.” We applaud President Napolitano’s leadership.
We also applaud the efforts of student leaders across this country – including the leadership of UCSF’s Graduate and Professional Student Association – in voicing support for the students of UVA and reaffirming their commitment to speak up in the face of injustice.
In the wake of the events in Virginia, School of Medicine Executive Vice Dean Catherine Lucey sent an email to the school’s faculty, students, and staff yesterday reminding them to stay strong. “We, on the side of equality, justice, liberty, and inclusion, are powerful as a community,” she wrote.
As a community, we do have power. We urge all of us to continue to come together and build on our collective strengths to ensure that everyone – no matter who they are – is safe, secure and supported at UCSF. Towards that goal, we also remind you of campus resources that provide professional counseling and other assistance:
- Faculty Staff Assistance Program
- Office of the Ombuds
- Office of Diversity and Outreach
- Student Health and Counseling Services
- Spiritual Care Services
We stand in solidarity with all throughout our country who are committed to achieving a society free of racism, bigotry, and hatred.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor
J. Renee Chapman Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer