Campus Messages

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

Remembering George Floyd

Dear UCSF Community,

Nearly one year ago in Minneapolis, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin. The way in which Mr. Floyd was killed revealed once again how systemic racism and anti-Blackness reinforce an unjust legacy of oppression that too often results in the death of Black people. 

Mr. Floyd’s passing, however, further ignited the growing need to address institutionalized bias and racially-motivated hate in all of its forms. The call for police reform has become louder, the work to address the inequity of health outcomes more urgent, and the intersections of racism and other forms of injustice more obvious than ever.

In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death tomorrow, I encourage all of us to make time in the busy day and observe 9 minutes and 29 seconds of silence—the length of time Mr. Floyd suffered under Derek Chauvin’s knee—to reflect on the changes that have followed his passing and the work that remains.

At 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, you also are invited by the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (BCH) DEI Council and Spiritual Care Services-SF to join an online space of solidarity and care, to honor all that we may be feeling on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, as well as to uplift and honor positive signs of change for racial justice. Presenters will include: Corey Jackson, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources; Stephanie Brown from the UCSF BCH Black Caucus; and Special Guest Isoke Femi, Maven for Transformational Learning at GLIDE.

I also encourage you to read a message from UC President Michael V. Drake marking the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

As we emerge from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to transform our resolve and resilience into a new foundation for the contributions we make to the public as leaders in healthcare and research. I am humbled and gratified by the courage our students, trainees, faculty, and staff have shown in these issues. I urge us to continue expanding the boundaries of the dialogue on race, systemic racism, and health until all those we serve are served equitably, and we have created a truly inclusive community at UCSF. We are making progress but there is more to do to help bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once described.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor