Campus Messages

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

A message from Chancellor Hawgood on the 2020 Election

Dear UCSF Community,

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly two-thirds of eligible voters participated in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the most in 120 years. But what has followed is a contested election with narrow margins separating the candidates that reflect deep divisions in our society.

Voters in California were presented with a number of important ballot initiatives as well, including Proposition 16. I invite you to read President Drake’s letter to the UC community on his commitment to keep fighting for the expansion of “underrepresented groups’ access to a UC education” despite the failure of the initiative. To learn more about the national and state elections, join me at the Town Hall this Friday when we will spend a portion of our time on this week’s political developments.

The final results of the presidential contest may not be known for some time. The days ahead may prove to be challenging as the nation seeks closure to a highly charged election. I urge you to embrace our PRIDE Values and shared purpose at UCSF, even as you may encounter viewpoints that differ from your own. And I encourage all of us to do what we have done exceptionally well this past year, what we always do: serve our public mission in education, research, and care delivery without favor or bias. This responsibility could not be more important at a time of heightened partisanship.

The relentless pace of the past year has at times felt overwhelming. I hope you are looking after yourself, your loved ones, and your colleagues. If you need support, especially during this period of political uncertainty, please make use of the health and well-being resources available to the entire UCSF community.

As always, thank you for your hard work and dedication.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor