Campus Messages

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

June 17, 2021

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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June 16, 2020

Dear UCSF Community,

In 1619 the first enslaved people of African descent arrived on the shores of what is now Hampton, Virginia. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect January 1, 1863, the orders did not reach all parts of the confederate south until nearly two-and-a-half years later, on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This year, Juneteenth brings great significance as our world continues to confront both overt and systemic anti-Black racism. 

“Of all Emancipation Day observances, Juneteenth falls closest to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun, at its zenith, defies the darkness in every state, including those once shadowed by slavery.”
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In observance of this important day and to further our campus commitment in affirming that Black Lives Matter, the Office of Diversity and Outreach is hosting a special event featuring keynote speaker Dante King, who will explore the history of anti-Black racism in the United States from the colonial period to the present. We encourage all members of the UCSF community to attend this event and stay engaged throughout this important moment in time. Our office is working to curate events to facilitate healing and learning, and we encourage people to stay connected by subscribing to our newsletter.

Furthermore, we are working with all to center the voices of our Black community members to develop our plans for transformational change that dismantles anti-Black racism at UCSF.

Anti-Blackness and Its Link to White Racism, Privilege and Power presented by Dante King...

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April 2, 2020

Dear UCSF Community,

Our campus has taken critical steps to protect our community and prevent continued spread of the COVID-19 virus. These steps have included disseminating information through COVID-19 town halls and following directives from federal, state, and University leadership to reduce work performed on-site as much as possible and promote social distancing. At this time, it is crucial that we continue to take these actions.

The Office of Diversity and Outreach, UCSF CARE, the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD), Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), Student Health and Counseling Services, and UCSF Police Department collectively recognize that sheltering in place at home and practicing physical isolation can have unintended consequences for members of our community who experience relationship or family violence. Survivors may be experiencing increased social isolation and danger due to physical distancing measures and stay at home orders.

UCSF is committed to maintaining a community free of all forms of harassment and discrimination based on protected categories, including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual violence. UCSF takes reports of domestic and sexual violence seriously and will continue to respond promptly and effectively to such reports. All UCSF support services continue to be available, including assistance with workplace and academic accommodations.

Listed below are resources that are available to offer support and assistance to those in need:

UCSF Remote Resources

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October 26, 2018
UC System

To the UCSF Community:

This week it was reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading an effort to revise federal guidelines and define gender as “…. immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth”, which would effectively exclude transgender, nonbinary and intersex people from the protections and rights afforded in our country. 

UCSF is firmly committed to the rights, and to freedom from harassment and discrimination, of all individuals.

UCSF welcomes all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities and abilities. We stand alongside and unequivocally support the trans, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming communities, and their allies. 

UCSF is a member of the University of California, and UC policies ensure protection from harassment and discrimination. Additionally, state laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, prohibit employment discrimination and harassment of transgender workers by providing protections based on gender identity and gender expression. The Gender Recognition Act (SB179), which becomes law on January 1, 2019, will ensure that trans and nonbinary people can easily secure birth certificates and state-issued identification with a correct gender identity. 

UCSF leadership recognizes that proposals such as the one being considered by HHS cause pain and suffering, and work to undercut the bonds of diversity and inclusion that unify our communities.  We are in solidarity with you and are committed to the safety and well-being of each and every one of our community members.

As a reminder, we encourage everyone to prioritize self-...

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December 9, 2014

UCSF Student Learners, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members,

The recent events in Ferguson and New York City have brought national attention to long-felt issues surrounding systemic inequalities that disproportionally impact underrepresented minorities, particularly Black men. We extend our condolences to the families of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, and those touched by these incidents. Our nation has witnessed a response, which has brought together communities of color and allies, many who have engaged in peaceful protests and non-violent demonstrations. Inherent in the tenants of our values, UCSF and the Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO) know that “Black Lives Matter”. As a public institution, we work tirelessly to address health disparities and promote social justice in our work as learners, educators, clinicians, and researchers.

On behalf of the UCSF leadership, I want to acknowledge how proud we are of our UCSF Community for living these values, and we want to commend our student leaders who have organized and engaged in peaceful demonstrations that acknowledge the relation of racism and violence to health, as awareness is the first step towards change. The Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Committee, The Office of Diversity and Outreach, the Multicultural Resource Center, and countless campus partners are working together to implement effective strategies to address unconscious bias, increase cultural competencies, and engage in socially just practices. The wisdom of Dr. King reminds us that as human beings, our freedom is inextricably bound together. All lives matter, and our UCSF community stands united in this journey.

In Solidarity,

J. Renee Navarro,...

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