Campus Messages

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

March 9, 2022

Dear UCSF Community,

It is heartbreaking to see the magnitude of the devastation, as the war in Ukraine has lasted almost two weeks. As the humanitarian crisis escalates, I write to update you on actions we are taking at UCSF.

I have activated the UCSF Global Disaster Assistance Committee (GDAC) to support members of the UCSF community who may be interested in volunteering their time with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders to provide care and support outside the war zone. I expect that the global response to medical needs in Ukraine and neighboring countries will be huge, so the exact opportunities for us are not yet certain. Nonetheless, please reach out to GDAC if you have questions by emailing [email protected].

We also are organizing a fundraising drive to raise money to support Ukrainian scholars at risk, like we did for Afghan scholars. Thanks to the contributions of many of you in our UCSF community, we raised about $150,000 in the Afghan scholars initiative. More information on this latest effort focused on Ukraine will be forthcoming.

In addition, we also are looking into ways in which UCSF Health can provide medical equipment and supplies to aid victims while we balance our own supply chain challenges and needs.

Many of you have asked what you can do to support the people of Ukraine. One way is to donate money to help support the more than two million refugees who have reportedly fled the country since Russia’s invasion began on February 24. We urge you to donate to credible non-profit organizations that are assisting the people of Ukraine. They include:

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March 4, 2022

Dear UCSF Community,

We are excited to invite you to the fourth annual UCSF celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) and the start of Women's History Month. This week of events, which takes place March 7 through March 11, is an opportunity for us to join in community to celebrate, recognize, and honor the amazing women at UCSF.

The program for the week — sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women, Office of Diversity and Outreach, Women of UCSF Health, and Women in Tech @ UCSF — features a wide array of programming, including a deep dive into the latest research on the disparities faced by women in medicine; a Fireside Chat with UCSF Presidential Chair Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, on the intersection of race and gender; a discussion with UCSF women leaders about how mentorship has shaped their careers; complimentary headshots; and more. Please visit the event website for the full schedule of events.

This year's International Women's Day campaign theme is #BreaktheBias, a call to action for all of us to challenge, call out, and stop gender stereotypes, discrimination, and bias. Much progress has been made on the path toward gender equity for all, but there is more work to be done. So let us join in the collective effort to break the bias and work toward gender equity within our organization and beyond.

​​We hope that you attend UCSF International Women's Day events. All genders are welcome.


Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor

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