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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.

June 15, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

This Sunday, June 19, we will celebrate the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, specifically the day on which enslaved people in Texas were freed, more than two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. This Juneteenth also marks the second year the day is observed as a federal holiday (observed June 20, 2022). As I reflect on this important day, I'm reminded of our shared and connected history, our present-day challenges to equity, and our hopes and plans for the future.

Over a month ago, we witnessed one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent U.S. history in Buffalo, New York. And just over two years ago, we faced a national reckoning with anti-Black racism after the murder of Mr. George Floyd. To understand the context of these events, we must acknowledge the larger history of anti-Black racism in our country and how it relates to today: from chattel slavery to Jim Crow segregation and systemic racism, anti-Black racism continues to impact our lives and the lives of our patients and community. Thus, in celebrating and commemorating Juneteenth, we also have the opportunity to understand a more comprehensive and honest rendering of our nation's history—and legacy.

I encourage the UCSF community to reflect on the full and enduring significance of June 19 as a day of truth and joy. In doing so, I encourage all of us to commit to dismantling anti-Black racism at UCSF because there is still much work to do to make our institution a truly inclusive and equitable place for all.

Please join one of the many Juneteenth events listed on the...

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June 3, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

June is Pride Month, and during this month we recognize and honor the valuable contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals worldwide in the fight for civil rights. Pride's origin dates to the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues today.

As members of the UCSF community, we must commit ourselves to protecting the fundamental equal rights of LGBTQIA+ people. This year there have been more than 200 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills filed in our country. A number of these bills seek to further disenfranchise transgender and nonbinary people, undermining existing protections for LGBTQIA+ children and restricting discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. We denounce these attacks and reaffirm our support for our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, trainees, and patients.

At the University of California, we strive to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all people. The UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy is one such effort. The policy requires that at least three equally recognized gender options must be available on university-issued documents and IT Resource systems — woman, man, and nonbinary. The policy also requires that lived names, also referred to as preferred names, should always be used. Implementation of this policy is required by the end of 2023 and will take effort from all on our campus and UCSF Health system.

Many of our employees...

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April 8, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Yesterday, we witnessed history: The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in our nation since it first assembled in 1790.

Judge Jackson will be the 116th justice to serve on the Supreme Court when she replaces retiring Justice Stephen Breyer at the end of the court’s session this summer.

As we followed, perhaps anxiously, her nomination hearings, we saw the boundaries of what is possible redefined. Judge Jackson’s confirmation gives us all, but especially Black women and girls, a new vision of limitless professional possibility. This vision—this hope—is why diverse representation is essential. Today, as I reflect on this moment, I feel a sense of pride and joy.

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), Black women represent only 4.7 percent of all lawyers nationwide. And just 70 Black women have ever served as a federal judge. These numbers highlight that we still have much work ahead of us to achieve diversity and equity. However, as we work to make UCSF a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, Judge Jackson’s confirmation reminds us that we can make change. So today, let us rejoice in this historic moment. 

Sincerely,

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer

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April 1, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

This month of April is an important month of holy days for Christians, Jews, and Muslims around the world. This evening, April 1, Muslims in the U.S. will honor the start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Because this holiday centers around daily fasting, it is important for us at UCSF to be aware of the needs of our patients, colleagues, students, staff, faculty, and community members who observe this holy month by fasting. Fasting includes refraining from consuming any food or drink, including water, during daylight hours.

There are nearly two billion Muslims worldwide, comprising almost a quarter of the world’s population. Nearly 250,000 Muslims live in the San Francisco Bay Area, about 3.5% of the region’s total residents. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and the month begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon, so the dates of Ramadan’s beginning and ending may vary in different locations. Lasting for 30 days, in the U.S. Ramadan will end on Sunday, May 1, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr starting on Monday, May 2.

Fasting during Ramadan, as well as increased prayer and acts of charity, are engaged to cultivate kindness, generosity, patience and forgiveness, and invite those observing to increase awareness of God’s presence in their lives.

Ramadan is seen as an opportunity to reflect on one’s actions and to engage in good deeds with family, friends, and communities. Some are exempt from fasting, such as children, those who are ill, travelers, and those who are menstruating, pregnant, or breastfeeding.

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March 4, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

We are excited to invite you to the fourth annual UCSF celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) and the start of Women's History Month. This week of events, which takes place March 7 through March 11, is an opportunity for us to join in community to celebrate, recognize, and honor the amazing women at UCSF.

The program for the week — sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women, Office of Diversity and Outreach, Women of UCSF Health, and Women in Tech @ UCSF — features a wide array of programming, including a deep dive into the latest research on the disparities faced by women in medicine; a Fireside Chat with UCSF Presidential Chair Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, on the intersection of race and gender; a discussion with UCSF women leaders about how mentorship has shaped their careers; complimentary headshots; and more. Please visit the event website for the full schedule of events.

This year's International Women's Day campaign theme is #BreaktheBias, a call to action for all of us to challenge, call out, and stop gender stereotypes, discrimination, and bias. Much progress has been made on the path toward gender equity for all, but there is more work to be done. So let us join in the collective effort to break the bias and work toward gender equity within our organization and beyond.

​​We hope that you attend UCSF International Women's Day events. All genders are welcome.

Sincerely,

Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief...

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February 24, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

We denounce the latest attacks on LGBTQ+ rights across multiple states in the United States. Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed the “Don't Say Gay” bill (HB 1557/SB 1834). If signed into law, it would limit classroom discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity and undermine existing protections for LGBTQ+ children in schools. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott released a letter instructing state agencies to investigate gender-affirming care for transgender youths as child abuse.

At UCSF, we unequivocally support our LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, trainees, and patients. We reaffirm our commitment to the existence, freedom, and dignity of LGBTQ+ individuals everywhere. We see you, we value you, and we recognize your outstanding contributions to our campus and the world. UCSF stands with you as we continue to fight for equity and justice for all.

For those seeking information, services, and support for the LGBTQ+ community, we encourage you to visit the UCSF LGBT Resource Center and Transgender and Gender Expansive Resources websites.

Sincerely,

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

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

January 14, 2022
Advocacy
Community

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear UCSF Community,

As we enter 2022 with the coronavirus pandemic surging and racial injustice rampant within our country, the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday offers us the opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and gain strength from the knowledge that we can all make a difference when we “make a career of humanity.”

Making a career of humanity is who we are at UCSF, a cornerstone of our mission and our PRIDE Values. Over the course of these past two challenging years, the UCSF community has demonstrated its deep commitment to equity, justice, and action. We thank the countless individuals who are working across campus and the health system to provide patient care and advance research for COVID-19, to dismantle systemic racism, and to address health and healthcare disparities. Amid all the turmoil and stress of these times, these efforts are indeed something to celebrate, because as Dr. King said, we are working to make “a finer world to live in.”

To honor Dr. King’s legacy and the approaching Black History Month, let us recommit ourselves to anti-racism action and service. I invite you to attend a virtual event on February 1 hosted by the Multicultural Resource Center, the California Preterm Birth...

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November 29, 2021
Community

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to encourage you to take the UCSF Climate Survey, which will now be open through Friday, December 3. One of the key goals at UCSF is to ensure that people in our organization feel empowered and valued in an environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. To understand how we can improve, it is important that we engage as many members of the UCSF community as is possible in providing feedback. Because we know many people were busy over the long weekend, we have extended the survey to this Friday at midnight.

We are currently at an overall response rate of 40%, and we need to hear more voices in these last few days. If you have answered the survey, thank you! If you haven’t yet responded, we want to hear from you. Please take this opportunity to share your perceptions and experiences of our university and health system. Check your email inbox for a message sent today from Emma White Research with your unique survey link.

Each week, 25 survey respondents are chosen at random to receive a $50 gift card, and at the conclusion of the survey, all respondents will be entered into a random drawing to receive an iPad. (Because the value and cost exceed the non-taxable limit, the entire amount is subject to withholding as income.)

Our people are what make UCSF such an outstanding organization. Let’s continue to share ideas and support each other as we work to improve the UCSF experience for all.

Thank you for your hard work and your engagement.

Sincerely,

J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor – Office of Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer, Chief Outreach...

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June 17, 2021
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

On June 19, 1865, enslaved people of African descent in Galveston, Texas were finally told that they were free from slavery—nearly 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them. Since that time, June 19 has come to be known and celebrated as Juneteenth, the date marking the end of slavery in the United States.

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. It's a celebration of progress. It's an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do.” – Former President Barack Obama

Last year, Juneteenth coincided with the long-overdue national reckoning on anti-Black racism. This year, we are thrilled with the news that President Joe Biden has signed a bill establishing June 19 as a federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day, a significant step toward acknowledging the grave historic injustices committed against Black people in this country. At UCSF, we applaud this decision. We also renew our commitment to Black lives and to dismantling systemic racism in our own organization through the UCSF Anti-racism Initiative.

In observance of Juneteenth, we encourage the UCSF community to reflect on the full and enduring significance of June 19: a day of...

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June 7, 2021

Dear UCSF Community,

June is Pride Month, and this year it is especially important to reaffirm our support for the LGBTQIA+ community and our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable UCSF, one where all people have equal access to opportunities regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Since January 2021, an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country. These bills seek to roll back the progress the queer community has made over the last 50+ years and threaten basic human rights. Over 30 states have introduced more than 100 bills and measures that aim to curb the rights of transgender and non-binary individuals. These and other discriminatory and violent actions against the LGBTQIA+ community show the threat members of this community continue to face. At UCSF, we are committed to protecting the fundamental rights of LGBTQIA+ people--including access to health care. 

During Pride Month we honor the historic contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals in the fight for civil rights: locally, nationally, and globally. Pride’s origins date back to the...

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