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Campus Messages

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

October 7, 2019
Administrative
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce the release of the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP), which outlines a bold vision for revitalizing our oldest and largest UCSF campus and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of its surrounding neighborhoods.

The CPHP envisions a Parnassus Heights campus that can serve our current and future needs for supporting the world-class research, education, and care delivery taking place there every day. New and renovated facilities will provide greater flexibility to adapt to future advances in learning, discovery, and healing. The plan also calls for increasing campus spaces that foster interaction and convergence between our mission areas of research, education, and care delivery. Importantly, the plan embraces smart urban planning strategies to meet the evolving needs of the city, community, and University by expanding on-campus housing, easing traffic congestion, leading in sustainability, and providing welcoming spaces for our faculty, staff, and learners, as well as patients, neighbors, and visitors.

This plan marks a significant milestone in our efforts, which began in 2017 when I asked Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein and Senior Vice Chancellor Paul Jenny to lead a strategic site planning process for the Parnassus Heights campus to complement plans for the new hospital. The result is a roadmap for the future that reflects input from hundreds of stakeholders both inside and outside of the University. I am extremely grateful to everyone – from faculty and staff to neighbors and community groups – who shared their time and perspectives to bring us to this exciting point.

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August 5, 2019
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Just one week ago, we expressed our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Gilroy shooting and their families. We now convey our deepest sympathies to the families and communities whose lives and sense of security have been forever shattered by two more mass shootings within less than 24 hours this past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

We are dismayed that gun violence has escalated as a public health epidemic and has sadly become an all-too-frequent reality. We will not become ambivalent or complacent to this senseless loss of life.

We may feel helpless, but we should not be hopeless or voiceless. Please remember that UCSF offers support services during these troubled times:

In addition, the...

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July 12, 2019
Advocacy
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are deeply concerned about the impact of current immigration policies on our institution, our city, and our nation.

Like many of you, we are heartbroken by the unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border. As we first stated a year ago, we are extremely troubled by the separation of children from families, and we denounce any mistreatment of migrants in detention centers.

We are also very concerned by media reports that suggest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials plan to initiate nationwide raids targeting undocumented migrant families.

We condemn these policies that discriminate against and dehumanize immigrants and undocumented people in our country. Research from our own faculty shows that people, especially children, suffer devastating and chronic consequences to their health due to both short and long-term exposure to traumatic experiences.

As a public university, UCSF is committed to improving health for all people, and we will continue to provide care without regard to ethnicity or citizenship status. We are working with community-based partners to advance local initiatives, such as the UCSF Center for Immigrant and Family Health to provide high-level leadership, advocacy, research, and training focused on the immigrant patients we serve. We also will continue to provide a safe and supportive environment for our immigrant learners, faculty, and staff.

We urge everyone to unite around our shared PRIDE Values and to stay...

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June 4, 2019
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

This month, members of our community will come together to celebrate Pride Month and mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

UCSF unequivocally reaffirms its support for the LGBTQ community. Our unwavering commitment to protect the fundamental rights of the LGBTQ community is especially crucial today in the wake of several federal actions that would roll back basic human rights, including access to health care and homeless shelters. Among them:

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a regulation on May 24 that removes current anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), asserting that discrimination on the basis of sex should not include gender identity. The proposal essentially says that gender identity is not protected under federal laws that prohibit discrimination in health care.
  • The HHS released a...
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April 29, 2019
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

UCSF denounces the hateful and deadly act that took place at Chabad of Poway last Saturday as its community gathered to worship on the Sabbath and at the close of the Passover holiday.

It was just last Monday that my statement was posted about the fatal violence that took place on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The frequency with which these heinous attacks are happening is unfathomable, and yet tragically, it seems to be our new reality.

On behalf of all UCSF leadership, I am writing to reinforce that the University upholds the rights of individuals to worship as they choose and without fear. Here at UCSF, religious freedom is inherent in our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

I remind you that professional counseling and confidential services are available to members of our UCSF community who are experiencing distress:

All members of the UCSF community must commit ourselves to do our best to ensure that UCSF, and the communities in which we live, are safe, supportive, and welcoming to everyone.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock...

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March 21, 2019
Community
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Yesterday, UCSF was challenged once again with a labor action. The disruptions caused by these strikes, no matter the duration, are significant and affect the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, trainees, students, visitors, and especially our patients.

At UCSF Health, no new patient appointments were added for our ambulatory clinics, while more than 800 appointments, including cancer infusion treatments, were rescheduled. Selected surgeries also were rescheduled. For those patients who remained in our hospitals or received outpatient services, it was disconcerting to receive care in an environment like the one we experienced yesterday.

The strike ended early this morning, and we send our thanks to each of you who came to work, as well as to every person who planned and helped UCSF through this trying time. We also express our appreciation to the volunteers and replacement workers who enabled UCSF to continue providing services across the campus and UCSF Health.

No matter your individual opinion about strikes, everyone in the UCSF family is bonded together by our PRIDE Values: professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence and our shared mission of advancing health worldwide. We are grateful for the professionalism that was displayed throughout this period, including by those in our UCSF family who chose to participate in the strike.

As we come together today and beyond in fulfillment of UCSF's mission, we ask that everyone recommit to these values. At UCSF, there will always be far more that unites us than can ever divide us.

Along with the leaders at the other UC campuses and the UC Office of the...

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March 15, 2019
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Once again, we are stunned and saddened by the loss of life and injuries resulting from a targeted act of hatred and gun violence. Late last night, the world learned that 49 people had been confirmed dead and many seriously injured due to a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers.

Today, we stand in solidarity and sympathy with the Muslim community, here and elsewhere, and strongly condemn this senseless act of hatred and violence. Every act of hatred is a threat to each one of us and to our communities.

Here at UCSF, religious freedom is inherent in our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We also recognize that Muslims in our community, as well as others, may feel a renewed sense of fear and vulnerability in the wake of this hateful attack.

UCSF Health Spiritual Care Services invites the UCSF community to a time of remembrance and to offer care and support to one another on Monday, March 18, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

  • Parnassus Campus: Ground Floor Meditation Room, next to the Information Desk in the Moffitt-Long Hospital lobby
  • Mission Bay Campus: Ground Floor Meditation Room, Children’s Hospital (C1401)

In addition, professional counseling and confidential services are available to members of our UCSF community who are experiencing distress:

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January 23, 2019
Advocacy
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

We are truly disheartened to learn of the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Trump Administration’s policy to bar most transgender people from serving in the military. The vote lifts two injunctions that have been in place while challenges to the ban are proceeding through the lower courts. Given this and other recent events, many transgender and gender non-binary people have expressed concerns about their general safety and inclusion.

At UCSF, we unequivocally support our transgender students, staff, faculty, and trainees, and we reaffirm our long-standing commitment to all gender identities. We see you, we value you, and we recognize your important contributions to our campus.

The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach is coordinating across the campus to seek additional ways to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe climate for all. UCSF has assembled a Task Force to implement Senate Bill 179, the Gender Recognition Act, which made California the second state to adopt a non-binary gender marker on state documents. This legislation, effective January 1, 2019, makes it easier for transgender people who live in California to obtain identity documents that reflect their gender.

For more services and information, visit the Transgender & Gender Expansive Resources website.

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December 19, 2018
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As the year comes to a close, I send my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your drive, passion, and dedication on behalf of UCSF and the students, patients, and communities that we are privileged to serve.

Reflecting on 2018, I remain heartened by our community’s commitment to build a better world. I deeply appreciate your continued willingness to face challenges with determination and your eagerness to seize opportunities to fulfill our mission of advancing health worldwide.

Whatever your role at UCSF, each of us can take great pride in our collective achievements over the year. Your contributions to biomedical research, patient care, and graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Read about our work and accomplishments in the UCSF 2018 Year in Review.

On behalf of the UCSF leadership team, we send our warmest wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

November 21, 2018
Administrative
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

After almost two weeks of extremely poor air quality as a result of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the rain forecasted to improve air quality throughout the Bay Area has arrived.

Sadly, given climate change, the likelihood is very high that California will continue to face wildfires of similar magnitude. My leadership team will use this opportunity to review our response, with the goal of improving how we manage events like this in the future.

Firefighters, first responders, and volunteers involved in the wildfires in Northern and Southern California have exhibited immense heroism, strength, and compassion. I know that you join me in deep gratitude for their unselfish sacrifice and hope that they soon get the relief they need.

Our hearts go out to those whose loved ones have died or are among the missing, as well as to the tens of thousands displaced from their homes. Long after the last ember is extinguished, their needs will continue to be great. It will take months, if not years, to transform neighborhoods from the blackened and smoldering landscape to communities where residents can recover and rebuild.

I appreciate that many of you who are able will volunteer your time and expertise to assist the scores of people who need help. Donations to agencies such as the American Red Cross or the ...

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