Campus Messages

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

April 30, 2015

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

The #WhiteCoats4BlackLives movement, started by our students last December, catalyzed an important and ongoing discussion about violence, social injustice, and inequities that are prevalent in our society and focused us on the work we must do within on our own campus to become a truly inclusive community. The recent tragic events in Baltimore underscore the work that still must be done as a nation to address these critical issues of social justice and equity.

I recognize the broad range of emotions these events continue to trigger in our own community and hope that, city by city, we will work together to find peaceful solutions, so that we can heal and grow stronger, both as a nation, and locally, as a university.

Our community continues to strive toward diversity and inclusion in multiple ways.

  • I have identified five pillars as a roadmap for the future of UCSF that will receive the university’s attention and resources over the next three to five years. One of these pillars focuses solely on diversity and inclusion.
  • Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach Renee Navarro and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) Daniel Lowenstein as well as our five deans will lead the important work that needs to be done to foster diversity and inclusion throughout UCSF.
  • We will continue our research on measuring, documenting, understanding and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health that exist overwhelmingly in communities of color.

On behalf of UCSF leadership, I assure you that we are...

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April 27, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Like you, I am greatly saddened by the tremendous loss of life and widespread devastation resulting from Saturday’s powerful earthquake in Nepal. Our thoughts are with the victims and people of Nepal and members of the UCSF community who have family, friends or colleagues in the affected areas.

At UCSF, we are driven by a passion to improve health locally and around the world. We are grateful to the Institute for Global Orthopaedics & Traumatology for its work with the HRDC Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Katmandu, Nepal. In the coming months, they plan to teach surgeons in Nepal the necessary reconstructive skills to treat earthquake victims over the long term. For those of you who would like to contribute to the response and recovery efforts, a list of nonprofit organizations doing relief work in Nepal is available at

If you know of members of our UCSF community who are currently traveling on UC business in Nepal, please notify the Risk Management office so that we can work toward providing extraction assistance. If you are planning a trip outside the U.S., you have access to iJet, a global travel alert system provided by UCSF. This tool can assist you with timely alerts about natural disasters, health risks, and evacuation assistance in the aftermath of a disaster. You also should always register your global travel at

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