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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.

March 6, 2017
Advocacy

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, President Trump signed a new immigration Executive Order yesterday that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. While this order has been revised from the one issued in January, we remain opposed to such bans because they impinge on the free flow of knowledge and information, which is core to UCSF’s mission. We remain deeply concerned about the impact of this immigration policy on our faculty, students, trainees, and staff – and on their families.

We also are concerned with a policy change announced on March 3 that suspends premium or expedited processing services for H-1B visa applications beginning on April 3 for a period of up to six months. This announcement by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will have an impact on academic employees and trainees requiring initial H-1B status during the six-month period.

In the wake of these announcements, the University of California and UCSF reaffirm our utmost commitment to safeguarding and supporting the rights of all members of our community, especially those directly affected by these most recent actions to restrict travel and access opportunities here at UCSF.

During these times of uncertainty, we want you to know that we continue to monitor and analyze the impact of these and other executive actions, such as efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We are consulting and coordinating with the UC Office of the President and our...

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March 2, 2017
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Bay Area media outlets have carried stories this week covering more than three years of reported violations of the Title IX Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy between January 1, 2013 and April 6, 2016 at the ten campuses of the University of California. Of the 113 cases that were included in this systemwide release of records, 26 cases occurred at UCSF. The release of these records is the result of several California Public Records Act requests made last spring by media outlets.

As a university dedicated to equity and inclusion, we strive each day to foster a climate and culture based on our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence. This includes respect for consent with regard to sexual behavior.

Under the leadership of President Janet Napolitano, UC has recommitted to cultivating an environment in which all UC students, faculty, staff and trainees are free from harassment and discrimination and has implemented policies and procedures to drive much-needed change. I applaud and support this work.

I assure you that UCSF has taken actions to both raise awareness of sexual violence and sexual harassment as well as to protect and support every member of the UCSF community.

When a report of sexual violence or sexual harassment is filed, we commit to clarity, fairness and timeliness in our investigation. We also commit that remedies or disciplinary actions resulting from such investigations will be appropriate with respect to the seriousness of substantiated behavior.

At UCSF, we have several resources available:

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February 27, 2017
Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

John Featherstone, MSc, PhD, has informed me of his intent to step down as dean of the School of Dentistry and as a UCSF faculty member at the end of December 2017. Dean Featherstone came to UCSF in 1995, and his accomplishments as a faculty member and dean have made a significant impact on research, dental care and the UCSF community.

During John’s tenure, the School of Dentistry has excelled in its mission across research, education and patient care. The School ranked No. 1 in 2015 among all schools of dentistry in funding from the National Institutes of Health for the 24th year, and, in 2012, the School received its full accreditation with no recommendations, which enabled it to run its nationally renowned programs without interruption. His work to expand scholarship programs at the School and to create an Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion position have allowed recruitment of underrepresented minorities who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend UCSF.

Just last month, John announced a significant milestone for the school – the launch of the UCSF Dental Center, which will improve integration among our dental clinics to enable collaborative care and efficiency for the entire dental clinical enterprise.

The impact of Dean Featherstone’s pioneering research extends beyond UCSF. John’s research over the last 43 years has covered several aspects on cariology – the study of tooth decay – and he was one of the researchers who developed Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), which emphasizes prevention and risk assessment rather than surgical procedures. Since helping to develop the approach in the early 2000s, John has...

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January 30, 2017
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to provide another update on President Trump’s executive order on immigration and its impact on our community. Since the announcement of the executive order last Friday, my leadership team has been working continuously to gain clarity on the concrete implications of the policy as well as to provide answers to the many questions and concerns that this action has raised among members of the UCSF community.

First, I want to state unambiguously that the President’s recent action temporarily barring immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program is antithetical to our core values. We at UCSF are committed to attaining a culture in which every individual is treated respectfully and fairly regardless of her or his religion or national origin, and we hold dear the very principles on which this country was founded: freedom and the opportunity for all members of society to achieve their dreams. It also is important to emphasize that the mission of UCSF is to advance health worldwide. While we make our home in the Bay Area, UCSF is a global community that thrives on the interaction between faculty, students, trainees and staff from different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. At our core, we believe deeply in the free flow of information and knowledge that comes from global engagement.

We have looked carefully at who among our community might be affected by the executive order, and I am at least somewhat relieved to know that, as far as we can tell, no one from UCSF is currently at risk of being denied re-entry to the U.S. or being deported. However, the ban already is having a...

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January 28, 2017
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Please see the message below from President Janet Napolitano, myself and the other Chancellors of the University of California regarding the executive order on border security and immigration. We are sharing this with the UCSF community on behalf of President Napolitano. Our statement also is available online.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

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President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (January 29) issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.

While maintaining the security of the nation's visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear as leaders of the University of California. The UC community, like universities across the country, has long been deeply enriched by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, including the affected countries, coming to study, teach, and research. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists, and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.

We are committed to supporting all members of the UC community who are impacted by this executive action.

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January 27, 2017
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I write to inform you that UCSF leadership is actively engaged with the UC Office of the President to comprehend the implications of President Trump’s executive order on immigration and determine all options available to protect the well-being of every member of our community. I also want to immediately distribute to you the following communication that we received this morning from the Office of UC President Janet Napolitano.


Guidance for the UC Community on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals from seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Based on news reports, individuals with immigrant and non-immigrant visas and those with green cards who are originally from these countries are being denied entry into the United States. We continue to analyze the executive order and its impact on our students, faculty, scholars, employees, and other community members. At this time, we recommend that UC community members from these seven countries who hold a visa to enter the United States or who are lawful permanent residents do not travel outside of the United States.

We will continue to monitor and analyze the impact of the executive order and will issue additional guidance as soon as possible. Until then, if you are a visa holder or green card holder from one of these countries that is currently abroad, or you have any questions, please contact the International Studies Office on your campus.

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January 26, 2017
Advocacy

Dear UCSF Community Members:

Thank you for your outstanding response to the messages sent from both Executive Vice Chancellor Dan Lowenstein and me last month urging your support of the UCSF research and academic building at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). Today, I write to provide you with an update and a renewed call to action.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget & Finance Committee reviewed the Ground Lease and the Lease Development and Disposition Agreement for the proposed research facility and forwarded the item to the entire Board for its consideration on Tuesday, January 31.

While the item was passed out of committee, the Supervisors expressed concerns about the adequacy of parking at ZSFG and advanced the item to the entire Board “without recommendation.” The committee took this action despite UCSF’s agreement to pay $10 million to compensate for the 130 parking spaces that would be displaced by the research facility. In addition, the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been working to secure authorization for the expansion of the existing ZSFG garage.

Gaining the Board’s approval for the research facility is essential to ensuring that ZSFG remains at the forefront of care, healing and discovery for all San Franciscans, and especially for the most vulnerable of our community. Without this facility, our faculty’s robust research program, which informs care for all patients at ZSFG and ensures ZSFG’s Level 1 trauma designation, is at risk.

Please take a moment to send an email to the Board of Supervisors and make your voice heard once again.

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January 11, 2017
Philanthropy

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

The new year has brought us extraordinary news: We have received a $500 million gift – the largest in our history – in the name of one of our most cherished friends, the late Helen Diller.

The Helen Diller Foundation granted these funds in honor and remembrance of Helen’s lifelong dedication to education and in later years, to health science. The gift is one of the largest ever made to a U.S. university, and we are humbled and honored to receive it.

The gift is remarkable not just in its sum, but in its structure – as unique and generous as Helen herself. The majority of the new donation, $400 million, over time will establish endowments in Helen’s name to support UCSF faculty and students, a critical University goal. This increases UCSF’s endowment, which currently stands at $2.25 billion, by nearly 18 percent.

Of the endowed funds, $100 million will create the Helen Diller Distinguished Professorships, used for retaining and recruiting senior faculty leaders, and another $100 million will establish the Helen Diller Faculty Scholars program to provide crucial funding for early- and mid-career scientists. Additionally, $200 million in endowed funds will fuel the Helen Diller Scholarship Program to support students at UCSF’s four professional schools and allow many to graduate with minimal debt.

The final $100 million will create an Innovation Fund of unrestricted money that can be drawn on, over time, at my and future chancellors’ discretion. Read here for more details about the gift.

This is by no means the only gift made in Helen’s name. Since 2003, the Helen Diller Foundation...

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December 19, 2016
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As we reflect on our accomplishments of 2016, I thank you for your contributions to making UC San Francisco a beacon of healing and hope.

We all play a part and can take pride in our mission of advancing health worldwide – whether treating patients, uncovering new scientific knowledge, teaching future life sciences leaders or doing the important work that supports these efforts. UCSF is the leading university it is today because of your dedication and drive.

I invite you to read about some of the highlights of 2016 in UCSF’s Year in Review, which includes an interactive timeline of our milestones. View the stories here: http://tiny.ucsf.edu/yearinreview2016

Looking forward to 2017, we have many opportunities ahead to work together and start afresh with renewed energy, creativity and unity.

Our diverse community of more than 24,000 faculty and staff and 4,800 students and trainees is our greatest strength. I challenge each one of us to harness the power of our differences and live our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence to further enhance our community and to ensure UCSF’s continued success.

Together, with our friends, alumni, benefactors and partners all over the world who propel us forward, we are redefining what’s possible.

My best wishes to you for a happy and healthy new year.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

December 14, 2016
Partnerships

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) are partnering together to build a state-of-the-art research and academic facility that will bring together nearly 800 UCSF clinicians, clinical researchers, staff, and trainees currently dispersed among several existing buildings on the ZSFG campus. The new facility would be designed and built by UCSF and located at ZSFG.

As you may know, UCSF faculty and staff at ZSFG devote their time to make ZSFG one of the nation’s premier public hospitals by caring for the underserved, discovering new ways to prevent and cure disease, and treating traumatic injuries. Additional information about the UCSF partnership and research at ZSFG is available at ucsf.edu.

Please join me and other members of the UCSF community in reaching out to the members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to let them know that you support this project and UCSF’s work at ZSFG.

The ZSFG project is scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday, January 18, and by the entire Board on Tuesday, January 24. The project has been endorsed by the San Francisco Health Commission and the UC Regents. Approval by the Board of Supervisors would allow UCSF to proceed with the design and construction of the research facility.

Please take a moment to send an email to the Board of Supervisors and make your voice heard on this important matter. Let’s...

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