Campus Messages

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

UCSF Denounces “Zoombombing” Attacks

Dear UCSF colleagues,

The UCSF community’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been nothing short of inspiring, and not at all surprising. We are humbled to serve a mission that is committed to advancing health for all people, with a fundamental emphasis on equity and inclusion in our patient care, education, and research, and within our University community.

This is why we strongly denounce recent instances of so-called “Zoombombing,” which have targeted members of our UCSF community with acts of hate, racism, and discrimination. These deplorable incidents have no place in our community or any other. They are intrusions and assaults on our colleagues who are targeted and on the values upon which UCSF and the University of California system are founded. We are committed to leading with compassion and solidarity, and we will not allow these intrusions to distract us from our public health mission—especially at a time when our UCSF community is rallying to serve those who are suffering during this public health crisis.

We know you stand with us, and we ask that you look after one another online, as we all are expected to do when we have the opportunity to work side by side, under different circumstances. Be an active bystander, recognize bias, make the decision to address the situation, and take action. To help you protect your meetings and your colleagues, please be sure to follow the updated Zoom security guidance developed by the UCSF IT team.

Thank you for all you are doing to support UCSF’s response to this unprecedented public health crisis and for caring about the well-being of every member of our community.

Sincerely,

Dan Lowenstein, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology

J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor – Office of Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care