Campus Messages

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

Tragedy in El Paso and Dayton

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Just one week ago, we expressed our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Gilroy shooting and their families. We now convey our deepest sympathies to the families and communities whose lives and sense of security have been forever shattered by two more mass shootings within less than 24 hours this past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

We are dismayed that gun violence has escalated as a public health epidemic and has sadly become an all-too-frequent reality. We will not become ambivalent or complacent to this senseless loss of life.

We may feel helpless, but we should not be hopeless or voiceless. Please remember that UCSF offers support services during these troubled times:

In addition, the UCSF Police Department provides safety guidelines to protect yourself in case you face an active shooter situation.

As a nation, we must unequivocally condemn these attacks in our country and the unchecked surge of hatred, racism, and divisiveness. We must continue our efforts to learn more about the causes and consequences of gun violence and how to prevent it.

As individuals, it is our civic duty and constitutional right to share our perspectives on gun violence and other public health issues, regardless of position, with our representatives at the local, state, and federal level.

As a UCSF community, we must continue to live our values, embrace our differences, and recommit ourselves to our mission of discovery, education, and patient care. Let us use our collective pursuit of knowledge and caring for others to bolster change in support of a brighter, more peaceful future.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor