Campus Messages

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

March 19, 2012
UC System

*Sent on behalf of the Office of the President*

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Open letter to UC community from President Yudof

I write today to address, once again, the moral and ethical imperative for all of our University of California students, faculty and staff members to foster a climate of tolerance, civility and open-mindedness. I am prompted to do so because of a number of recent incidents that undermine this imperative.

University campuses are proper venues for collisions of ideas and viewpoints. Conflicting viewpoints not only are inevitable but also healthy in this context.

What is not acceptable are acts meant to disrupt the speech of others. What is not acceptable are hate-driven physical and, yes, verbal attacks on any group or individual that are meant to silence or intimidate those who would express differing opinions.

It was wrong for hecklers to disrupt speakers on the UC Davis campus at an event entitled “Israeli Soldiers Speak Out.” It was reprehensible that one of these hecklers accused the speakers of being associated with rapists and murders. Under the direction of Chancellor Katehi, campus officials dealt appropriately with this individual, moving him out of the room and barring re-entry. But I want to make this clear: I condemn the actions of those who would disrupt this event. Attempting to shout down speakers is not protected speech. It is an action meant to deny others their right to free speech.

It was wrong for a vandal or vandals on the UC Riverside campus to deface the Israeli flag displayed by the Jewish...

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March 19, 2012
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and/or Transgender (GLBT) Leadership. This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of the GLBT people and communities at UCSF. The nomination form, award criteria, and a list of prior recipients are available online.

Three individuals—one faculty, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—will be selected to receive this award at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. I encourage you to nominate individuals who meet one or more of the following selection criteria—whether or not they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender:

  • Status—elevating the equality and status of GLBT people on campus
  • Visibility—increasing the visibility of GLBT experiences and issues on campus
  • Mentoring—helping to create and participating in career and academic mentoring for GLBT people on campus
  • Education and Research—contributing to the generation and dissemination of knowledge on GLBT health and well-being through education, research, and public presentations
  • Advancement—promoting and advancing the admission, recruitment, and upward mobility of GLBT people on campus

Questions may be directed to Committees Coordinator Suya Colorado-Caldwell, Offices of the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at 476-4421 or via email at [email protected]. Forms and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012.


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