Dear Colleagues:

UCSF's tenth annual Diversity Celebration began on October 8, 2009, and continues with a series of activities that occur during the noon hour at most campus locations.

A schedule of events is available at http://today.ucsf.edu/stories/ucsf-to-celebrate-diversity-with-series-of-free-events. While the above link provides additional details, the following are a few highlights including this year's selection for the Book Project:

Thursday, October 22

Philip R. Lee, M.D., Diversity at UCSF: Revitalizing Efforts to Increase Diversity in a Changing Context
Keynote Lecture, Health Sciences West 300, noon

Friday, October 23

Denise V. Rodgers, M.D. **RSVP required**
3rd Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium Keynote, Laurel Heights Auditorium, 11:35 a.m.

Wednesday, October 28

  • Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D. —2009 Annual Book Project, Health Sciences West 301, noon to 1:00 p.m.
    Dr. Glantz, UCSF professor of medicine and leading tobacco control scholar and advocate of nonsmoker's rights for more than 25 years, and author of this year's book project selected books "Tobacco Wars" and "The Cigarette Papers," will talk about his life's work. A book signing will follow his presentation. Books are available in the University Stores on Parnassus and at Mission Bay and will be available for purchase the day of the event.  The Book Project was developed to foster sharing and discussion in classrooms, meetings, or one-on-one conversations to enhance our knowledge of cultural differences.
  • Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Ph.D. —Genentech Hall Auditorium, 5:00 p.m.
    Visiting Professor Lecture, The Right System for the Right Job: Stem Cells and the Developmental Plasticity of Planarians

All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend these diversity programs and to plan ways to celebrate diversity within their own unit or department throughout the year. For a list of suggested activities visit: Twenty Ways to Celebrate Diversity. Please post or distribute hardcopies of this information for individuals in your units who do not have access to email.

Sincerely,

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H.
Chancellor