Campus Messages

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

August 29, 2022

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that we have selected Harold (Hal) R. Collard, MD, MS, as UCSF’s next vice chancellor for Research.

Hal has served as director of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTSI) and as associate vice chancellor for Clinical Research. He has a deep knowledge of how research is done at UCSF and is well prepared to lead the research enterprise.

A physician-scientist who specializes in pulmonology, Hal also has a degree in health law and policy. He understands the need for partnerships and collaboration in today’s world of advanced biomedical science and will be a strong advocate for UCSF.

Please join me in congratulating Hal on his new position in UCSF’s scientific leadership. You can read more about his background in this story on


Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology

August 26, 2022

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are writing to share the executive summary and final report of the 2021 UCSF Climate Survey. The survey, conducted last fall, was implemented to gather data to help leadership assess the learning, living, and working environments — or climate — for members of our UCSF community, particularly around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We thank all of you who completed the survey. Your feedback will help us prioritize our efforts to ensure that everyone at UCSF feels welcomed, supported, and respected.

Across the enterprise, a total of 14,579 people responded to the survey, including 2,416 academics; 9,921 staff members; and 2,242 learners. The response rate for faculty was 56%, for staff 44%, and for learners 35%.

The UCSF community offered generally positive evaluations of the climate, with 70% saying they are comfortable or very comfortable with the climate at UCSF. Majorities say they feel accepted at UCSF (75%) and connected to the institution (62%). You can read more about the Climate Survey results in this article.

Overall, we are encouraged by the responses, but we know there are areas where we can improve. The survey has revealed significant gaps between the experiences of different populations, gaps that...

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August 22, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health of faculty, staff, learners and volunteers, we are once again offering free influenza vaccines at various UCSF locations to prevent the spread of the disease in our community.

I strongly encourage you to get your flu vaccine at UCSF, at a local pharmacy, or by your health care provider. Here is what you need to know:

  • Beginning Sept. 6, 2022, UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) will begin a series of outreach flu shot clinics at many different campuses and building locations. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (BCH) Oakland and Fresno locations also will have flu clinics this fall, as noted in this full schedule:
  • Everyone must complete the Daily Health Screener prior to arriving at any vaccination clinic and must wear a mask while in the vaccination clinics
  • If you receive your flu shot from UCSF, you will be sent an email confirmation within 48 to 72 hours, and the record is automatically submitted to UCSF OHS
  • If you receive your flu vaccination from a provider outside UCSF, please submit the record via the OHS Portal at (Note that VPN MyAccess is required)
  • BCH Oakland employees should email their vaccine records to Employee Health at...
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August 8, 2022

Dear UCSF Community,

We are delighted to announce that Kendra Hypolite, MSW, LSW, joins UCSF today as the inaugural CARE Advocate for Racial Justice. Kendra will serve as Co-Director with Denise Caramagno, MA, LMFT, who has led the UCSF Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) program since its inception in 2015.

In this newly appointed position, Kendra will provide confidential support, assistance, and advocacy on behalf of UCSF community members who are experiencing discrimination based on their race, ethnicity and/or national origin, and other protected categories. CARE Advocacy includes assistance in coordinating services on behalf of the survivor in all areas, including Student Services, Faculty and Staff Assistance, UCSF Police, coordination of legal advocacy and medical advocacy, and other assistance and services.

The UC CARE Advocate program was originally established in 2014 by former UC President Janet Napolitano with the goal of helping survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. UCSF is the first UC campus to expand the program by hiring a CARE Advocate dedicated to providing confidential support to members of our community who have experienced racial/ethnic harassment or discrimination. This new role was developed as part of the UCSF Anti-racism Initiative, and Kendra’s arrival marks a significant milestone on our path to becoming a more safe, welcoming, and inclusive...

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