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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.

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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November 22, 2021
Community

Dear Colleagues:

Each of us brings a special quality to UCSF, and your feedback will provide leadership with the information needed to make our university one of the best places to work and study.

To do accomplish this, we need to hear about your experience at UCSF through the 2021 UCSF Climate Survey. While you have through November 30 to take it, please don’t wait. We are in the home stretch with only a few days remaining.

We are currently at an overall response rate of 34%, and we need a stronger turnout. Help the University better understand your perceptions and experiences about the environment in which you work and learn. Make your voice heard and seize this opportunity to let us know how things are and are not working for you. If you’re part of that 34%, thank you! If you aren’t, then you should be receiving weekly reminders from Emma White Research with your unique survey link.

At UCSF we know that data is key to gaining insight to identifying gaps as well as successes. We are many different people with equally varying roles and responsibilities; therefore, it’s imperative that the data reflect the entire university, i.e., faculty and other academic appointees, staff, students, postdocs, fellows, and residents.

A weekly random drawing for twenty-five $50 gift cards is well underway, and at the conclusion of the survey, three individuals will be chosen at random to receive an iPad. (Because the value and cost exceed the non-taxable limit, the entire amount is subject to withholding as income.)

With full recognition that all members of the...

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November 18, 2021
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

As the nation awaits the outcomes of two murder trials with race-related implications, we are reminded of just how incomplete our society’s reckoning on race and racism is.

Ahmaud Arbery’s death at the hands of three white men who chased and killed him in the street while the 25-year-old was out for a jog in Brunswick, Georgia, painfully underscores the too-often fatal consequences of being Black in this country. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse killed two men and wounded another while they attended a Black Lives Matter rally to lend their support for racial justice.

News headlines of these tragedies will come and go, but the trauma of living with racism is constant for some in our UCSF community. Reliving these horrific killings will be difficult. We write to our entire UCSF community to express our support for all who may be feeling stress and anxiety as the legal proceedings in these trials play out.

Our society has so much work to do to eradicate racial inequity and inequality. The only way to make meaningful progress is through an unrelenting engagement with these issues, however difficult it may be in moments like this.

On December 2, UCSF will host another town hall discussion focused on what we are doing to dismantle systemic racism at UCSF through our Anti-Racism Initiative. We hope you are able to join us. In the meantime, please reach out to one another and stay connected, especially with those who may be struggling with the added stress these trials have triggered. If you or someone you know could benefit from counseling and...

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November 18, 2021
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

I write to convey two important updates. First, all UCSF employees and learners are eligible and strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Second, beginning today, the UCSF daily health screener is being updated to better enforce the use of this important tool.

Booster Shots

As the winter holidays approach and we gather with family and friends indoors, I highly recommend you get a COVID-19 booster shot. This is in line with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which this week broadened eligibility for boosters to all adults over 18 years.

At UCSF, we are currently seeing higher rates of COVID-19 infection among employees and learners with more than six months since their second vaccine dose. Boosters can reduce the effects of waning immunity by up to 90 percent. Due to the urgency for delivering boosters in time to reduce a possible second winter COVID-19 surge, please get your booster as soon as possible.

To get a booster, you must have received your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago. If you received the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, you should get a booster at least two months after your shot. You can mix and match whatever brand of vaccine you prefer for your booster shot.

Pfizer and Moderna booster shots are widely available through vaccination clinics, health care providers, and neighborhood pharmacies. Californians can visit the My Turn website or call (833) 422-4255 to make an appointment or find a nearby vaccine clinic. If you get a booster shot at a location outside UCSF, please upload a copy of that...

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November 15, 2021
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

I am pleased to announce that Erin Gore will join us early next year as our new senior vice chancellor of Finance and Administration.

Erin is a seasoned financial executive who joins us from Wells Fargo, where she is executive vice president of Growth Initiatives, Strategy & Communication, and previously led the Higher Education and Not for Profit division.

Previously, she served as UC Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor of Planning and Budget and chief financial officer from 2009-2014. During her tenure there, she created UC Berkeley’s first campuswide budget plan and oversaw major building projects, as well as new efforts to simplify financial aid processes, create data systems, and increase aid for first-generation students. She received a BA in political science from UCLA and an MPA in economic policy from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

In her new role, Erin will join my executive team and cabinet, and will provide strategic leadership and guidance to the UCSF enterprise across many areas that directly affect our performance. She will be responsible for UCSF’s operating budget of approximately $8 billion and for leading a service organization with an annual budget of $435 million and 1,800 full time employees.

Throughout her career, Erin has guided large-scale changes in administration, technology, finance, and staffing for a range of employers, including the City of New York. You can...

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November 4, 2021
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

Beginning tomorrow, Nov. 5, 2021, UCSF, including Benioff Children’s Hospitals, will begin offering Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11, after receiving approval and guidance from federal and state public health authorities. You can find information about how to get vaccines for children here. https://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/education/covid-19-vaccine

The expansion of vaccination against COVID-19 to children is a major step forward in the fight against this pandemic. I know that parents and caregivers have been waiting for this moment and understandably have questions about the vaccines.

The data about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 years were presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the past week and look promising.

Similar to study findings in adult vaccine trials, vaccination was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among children aged 5 to 11 years, even during a period of Delta variant circulation. The vaccine was well tolerated and there were no safety signals identified among the more than 3,000 children who received the vaccine. The FDA decided that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine met safety and efficacy standards for emergency use authorization.

The CDC now recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared...

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