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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.

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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July 3, 2019
Advocacy
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

The Trump Administration has announced plans to increase enforcement actions against undocumented immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the July 4th holiday. Media reports name San Francisco as one of the target cities.

I want to be clear: UCSF Health cares for all patients, regardless of immigration status, and we will continue to do everything possible to make every patient and family feel safe and welcome in our organization. I also want you to know how you should respond if ICE officers enter our facilities and request information about patients and families.

We have a public mission to deliver safe, quality and equitable health care, without regard to a person’s ethnicity or citizenship. We can only do so if patients are able to seek our care without fear and have trust in our providers.

We do not collect information about immigration status or report undocumented individuals, and we never release patient information without authorization by the patient or without being required to do so by law.

If a federal immigration officer requests information or records about our patients, or gives you a warrant or subpoena seeking records or information, you should take the following steps:

  • Ask the officer's name, identification number and agency affiliation;

  • Ask for a copy of any warrant or subpoena presented;

  • Inform the officer that you are not obstructing the process but need to contact UCSF Health Legal Counsel at 415-476-5003 for assistance.

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June 5, 2019
Advocacy

Dear UCSF Community,

UCSF strongly opposes today’s abrupt decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to discontinue intramural fetal tissue research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The efforts by the administration to impede this work will undermine scientific discovery and the ability to find effective treatments for serious and life-threatening disease. Fetal tissue is used in important research aimed at discovering cures for illnesses that affect the lives of millions of Americans, including Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury, eye disease, and HIV.

At UCSF, today’s action ends a 30-year partnership with the NIH to use specially designed models that could be developed only through the use of fetal tissue to find a cure for HIV. UCSF exercised appropriate oversight and complied with all state and federal laws. We believe this decision to be politically motivated, shortsighted, and not based on sound science.

UCSF will continue to collaborate with the UC Office of the President, as well as with other universities, science associations, and affiliated organizations, to advocate for sustained federal funding of fetal tissue research with Congress and the Administration.

Sincerely,

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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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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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September 28, 2018
Advocacy

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As leaders of an organization that is deeply committed to improving the health of our communities and advancing health worldwide, we deplore a proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would change “public charge” policies and greatly expand the conditions under which an immigrant applying for legal permanent residency (a green card) or seeking to immigrate into the U.S. can be denied.

I am bringing this to the attention of the UCSF community because it attacks our deeply held values of health equality and dignity for all peoples. U.S. immigration law has always barred immigrants at risk of becoming a dependent on certain public assistance from immigrating to the United States. However, acceptance of public health and nutritional benefits has been permitted since the 1990s. This proposal would bring sweeping change.

Under the proposed rule, the federal government would newly consider the use of certain public benefits – including non-emergency Medicaid, Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and various housing support programs – in determining an individual’s entry into the U.S. or adjustment to legal permanent resident status. In addition, medical conditions that are likely to require extensive hospitalization or institutionalization (cancer, heart failure, kidney failure, dementia, and many others) will weigh heavily against uninsured immigrant applicants.

We are against this proposed regulation for several reasons, including:

  1. It...
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June 19, 2018
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are extremely troubled by the growing humanitarian crisis on our nation’s southern border, where children are forcibly separated from their parents.

In a statement released yesterday, University of California President Janet Napolitano said that this latest crisis is “further indication of the urgent need for a real conversation around immigration reform.” She stressed that “our nation of immigrants is made stronger by its diversity. Congress and the administration must come together to pass legislation that reflects the values of our country, ensures the safety of our borders and provides a resolution for those brought to the United States as children who only know this country as home.”

On behalf of the leadership of UCSF, I want to convey my strongest support for President Napolitano’s statement and express solidarity with our colleagues at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine regarding the harmful consequence of separating children from their parents.

As we have stated repeatedly, a core tenet at UCSF, as well as UC overall, is that our strength as a public university stems from a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, and welcomes and respects every individual regardless of immigration status. UCSF remains committed to providing compassionate care to children and fulfilling our efforts to foster an...

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March 28, 2018
Advocacy

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Last Friday, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, an annual funding bill that included a $3 billion increase in NIH research funding, as well as significant increases to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and other important federal research programs. This remarkable growth in research funding reflects determined advocacy efforts that spanned the academic community.

We are especially proud that UCSF took an active role in supporting the funding of the NIH against proposed cuts that would have diminished scientific discovery and threatened our nation’s world-renowned research enterprise. Over the past year, our community came together in an unprecedented way to stand up for publicly funded science. And those efforts paid off, proving that our collective voices do matter.

We thank our students, faculty, and staff who engaged with elected officials over the last year through advocacy training, UCSF’s Stand up for Science events, postcard campaigns, and phone banks, which were ably organized by UCSF’s University Relations team. We also commend our students and faculty that traveled to DC to lobby our federal representatives, including the 45 students and faculty who participated in the first UCSF in DC day last April. As always, Keith Yamamoto, UCSF’s vice chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy, was a constant presence on Capitol Hill and expertly defended NIH funding in numerous meetings with members of Congress and a critical hearing before the House Appropriations Committee.

While we take a moment to enjoy this victory for biomedical research, the fight...

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November 14, 2017
Advocacy

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Tax reform is moving quickly through Congress. The bills being debated by both the House of Representatives and the Senate this week may have a significantly adverse impact on UCSF, the University of California (UC), and colleges and universities nationwide.

If you would like to voice your concern about tax reform, please consider calling your elected officials. Democrats and Republicans alike need to hear from their constituents that the proposed legislation will increase the costs of education, research, as well as health care for all Americans.

Specifically, the policies under consideration would make higher education more expensive and less accessible for students, which runs counter to UCSF’s strong commitment to a diverse and inclusive student body. These policies would negatively affect the university’s ability to support our tripartite mission to educate, provide quality patient care, and conduct cutting-edge research.

To provide a better idea of what is at stake this week, the House of Representatives is considering the following actions:

  • Ending tax-free tuition reimbursement;
  • Repealing the student loan interest deduction;
  • Repealing the Lifetime Learning tax credit;
  • Increasing the standard deduction and repealing the estate tax, which will reduce the incentive for charitable giving to institutions like UCSF; and
  • Repealing tax-exempt bond financing options, which UCSF relies on to make capital investments in buildings and facilities on campus.

While the Senate bill does not include provisions to repeal or...

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September 4, 2017
Advocacy

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are extremely disappointed by President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, thereby denying an estimated 800,000 young people – including students at UCSF – temporary reprieve to work and study legally in the United States without fear of deportation.

In a statement released today, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano said she is deeply troubled by the decision and called upon Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation to “provide a permanent solution for these young people.” She stressed that UC will continue to provide support services to undocumented students and is immediately directing her advisory committee on undocumented students “to determine how best to support and protect University of California students who rely on DACA over the next six months and beyond.” International Students and Scholars Office Director Brian Groves and Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn, MD Candidate, Class of 2018 and returning member on this council (and also the first Dreamer in the School of Medicine), are the UCSF representatives on this committee. You can read UC President Napolitano’s statement online.

UCSF began enrolling Dreamers across all four professional schools and the Graduate Division three years ago and fully supports UC President Napolitano’s continued leadership in support of DACA students. I share her belief...

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