Campus Messages

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

U.S. Immigration Policies

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are deeply concerned about the impact of current immigration policies on our institution, our city, and our nation.

Like many of you, we are heartbroken by the unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border. As we first stated a year ago, we are extremely troubled by the separation of children from families, and we denounce any mistreatment of migrants in detention centers.

We are also very concerned by media reports that suggest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials plan to initiate nationwide raids targeting undocumented migrant families.

We condemn these policies that discriminate against and dehumanize immigrants and undocumented people in our country. Research from our own faculty shows that people, especially children, suffer devastating and chronic consequences to their health due to both short and long-term exposure to traumatic experiences.

As a public university, UCSF is committed to improving health for all people, and we will continue to provide care without regard to ethnicity or citizenship status. We are working with community-based partners to advance local initiatives, such as the UCSF Center for Immigrant and Family Health to provide high-level leadership, advocacy, research, and training focused on the immigrant patients we serve. We also will continue to provide a safe and supportive environment for our immigrant learners, faculty, and staff.

We urge everyone to unite around our shared PRIDE Values and to stay informed on these important issues. Exercising your constitutional right to freedom of speech is a powerful way to get involved. Please be sure that your advocacy efforts comply with university policy and that you act as a private citizen. Guidance for faculty, staff, and students related to immigration enforcement and advocacy activities is available online.

We believe that diversity and the contributions of immigrants are a source of strength and that striving for greater equity and inclusion is essential to sustaining excellence in pursuit of our missions of research, education, and patient care. We thank you for all that you do for UCSF and for our community.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

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