Campus Messages

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

San Jose Shooting

Dear UCSF Community,

Just two months ago, I wrote to you after a week of mass shootings across America. Today, we are left grieving once again over a tragedy that, this time, is much closer to home. As the news continues to emerge, we have learned that this morning’s shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose has taken the lives of eight innocent people, plus the gunman. Multiple others are injured.

This is the 15th mass shooting this year across the United States and the deadliest one in the Bay Area in nearly 30 years. I want to acknowledge that for many of you, this may feel different, or add further to the emotional exhaustion of the past year. I invite you to make use of the resources that are available here at UCSF to support you:

We know, as an organization, that gun violence must be addressed in this nation. I encourage you, once again, to educate yourself about the threat of gun violence and urge our elected officials to pass legislation that protects our communities.

There are many gun control advocacy organizations that are doing important work in this field. In addition, our colleagues at UC Davis are leading the UC Firearm Violence Research Center, which conducts rigorous research on gun violence, trains and supports researchers in the field, and develops new policy. I support your efforts to contribute in whatever way you can, including collaborating with our UC colleagues to make a difference.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor