Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Chancellor’s Message on Atlanta Murders

Dear UCSF Community:

The murder of eight people, including six Asian women, in Atlanta has shocked communities across the country. These killings come at a time when attacks and harassment against Asian and Asian American people are escalating. Whatever the motivations of the person in custody, it is difficult to view this tragedy except through the lens of a legacy of hate and discrimination that people of Asian descent have faced for generations.

The recent increase in anti-Asian sentiment can be traced to those who wrongly racialize the COVID-19 pandemic and target people of Asian descent as scapegoats. The horrific shootings of the Asian women at their places of employment not only raise the stakes of this rising tide of racism, they expose a knotted history of discrimination, immigration, and gender inequity. At a time of a renewed reckoning on race and systemic racism, we must acknowledge this overlooked history and make visible what many do not see.

Our thoughts are with the families of all the victims and we grieve with those who have been affected by this crime. We must denounce and confront hate in all of its forms, including acts and speech motivated by race, gender, belief, and background.

The increase in attacks on Asians and Asian Americans has compounded the grief and sorrow of an already challenging year for many in our community. For all those who need assistance, I encourage you to seek the counseling and support of our UCSF resource teams:

UCSF stands with our Asian American colleagues, friends, family, and patients. We will continue to add our voice to the call for greater awareness and action to stop the spread of this targeted discrimination and hate.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor