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

April 1, 2020
Advocacy

Dear UCSF Community:

Every 10 years, people across the country and in California fill out the census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The census gives us data about our community, informs the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding, and determines the number of decision - makers representing us. An undercount means fewer resources for everyone - for every person not counted, our community loses $10,000.

Take the 2020 Census today. Be sure you include any person living in your household, family or not. Those who live in UCSF Housing will be counted with help from housing staff. 

The census asks nine basic questions like your address, age, race, and relationship to household residents, and does not ask about citizenship status or for information like a Social Security number. The census is safe, protected, and confidential.

When you complete the census, it helps our city get money for schools, hospitals, roads, social services, and more. Help the UCSF community receive the support we deserve and need! 

Sincerely,

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March 2, 2020
Advocacy
Community

Dear Colleagues:

Tomorrow, Californians will be voting in the 2020 Primary Election as part of Super Tuesday: March 3, 2020.

Find more information about what’s on the ballot, election deadlines, upcoming events on campus, and more at ucsf.edu/vote.

The approaching election provides us with an opportunity to review legal restrictions regarding employee involvement in political activities. Watch this short video to review UCSF advocacy guidelines.

Some important reminders:

  • Employees may not support or oppose candidates for public office or ballot measures when acting in University roles or with UC resources (such as UC email, letterhead, or campus facilities).
  • UC employees may participate in the political process using personal resources, on personal time, and without any inference of University endorsement. When taking a personal position, you may use your title for identification purposes but must offer a disclaimer to clarify you are advocating in an unofficial capacity, such as title for identification purposes only.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Assistant Vice Chancellor of Community and Government Relations Paul Takayama.

Thank you, and see you at the polls!

Francesca Vega
Vice Chancellor
Community and Government Relations

October 14, 2019
Advocacy
Community

Dear Colleagues:

With the San Francisco November election approaching and the 2020 primary around the corner, I’m writing to remind our UCSF community about civic engagement on campus and the legal restrictions regarding University of California (UC) involvement in political activities.

San Francisco voters will decide on key issues on November 5, as well as the Mayor and other City positions that have a direct influence on our lives. Voting gives you the opportunity to decide who will represent your interests and what issues are important to you. Remember to update your voter registration by October 21 and join UCSF Votes events around campus to learn more about what's on the ballot and upcoming election deadlines.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, UC is subject to laws that apply to public entities. This means that UC and its employees (when acting in their University roles or with UC resources) may not support or oppose candidates for public office or measures on the ballot, or use UC resources (such as UC email, letterhead, or campus facilities) for campaign purposes. I encourage you to review University advocacy guidelines.

Members of our University community may participate in the political process using personal resources, on personal time, and without any inference of University endorsement. When taking a personal position, you may use your title for identification purposes but must offer a disclaimer to clarify you are advocating in an unofficial capacity, such as title for identification purposes only.

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