Campus Messages

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

May 31, 2023
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

On the eve of Pride Month, we are delighted to share the news that UCSF has begun to implement the University of California’s Gender Recognition and Lived Name (GRLN) policy to ensure that all individuals are recognized with their accurate gender identity and lived name.

This UC systemwide policy aligns with our PRIDE Values and furthers our efforts to cultivate a supportive and inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions of everyone – including nonbinary, transgender and intersex people – in fulfilling our public mission.

Using correct names and pronouns shows respect and acceptance and affirms individual agency. Many of us benefit from the GRLN policy, including transgender and nonbinary people, people whose gender identity is different than indicated on legal documents, people whose lived name is a variation of their legal name, such as international faculty, staff and learners who have adopted new names in the U.S., and married people who prefer to use the name in which they are known professionally.

About the Policy

Under the UC GRLN policy, UCSF will ensure that faculty, staff and learners:

  • Have at least three gender options to choose from in UC information systems – woman, man and nonbinary.
  • May request that their lived name be used in the UC system in all settings and situations that do not require their legal name.
  • Have an efficient process for all, including alumni and affiliates, to retroactively amend their gender designations and lived names on UC-issued documents and in information systems.

UCSF is in the process of...

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October 24, 2022
Honors and Awards

Dear UCSF Community,

Every year UCSF recognizes and celebrates the efforts of members of our institution who demonstrate commitment and service to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Moreover, these individuals show extraordinary leadership in their respective fields and in the communities they serve. I am pleased to share with you the 2022 Chancellor Awards for Diversity recipients.

Chancellor Sam Hawgood recognized the recipients listed below at a reception on Tuesday last week. Each one of them has gone far above and beyond their day-to-day responsibilities to make UCSF a place that genuinely welcomes, educates, and cares for all.

Please join me in congratulating these faculty, staff, students, and trainees. I invite you to learn about them and their remarkable efforts by watching these short videos.

Chancellor Award for Advancement of Women

  • Eleanor Palser, PhD
  • Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA

Chancellor Award for Disability Service

  • Diane Ngo, MPA
  • Noemi Spinazzi, MD

Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership

  • Gabby Negussie-Retta, MS
  • Meshell Johnson, MD
  • Nadia Ayad, PhD Candidate

Chancellor Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Leadership

  • Jay Bindman, MD Candidate
  • Luis Gutierrez-Mock, PhD(c), MPH, MA
  • ...
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June 16, 2020

Dear UCSF Community,

In 1619 the first enslaved people of African descent arrived on the shores of what is now Hampton, Virginia. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect January 1, 1863, the orders did not reach all parts of the confederate south until nearly two-and-a-half years later, on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This year, Juneteenth brings great significance as our world continues to confront both overt and systemic anti-Black racism. 

“Of all Emancipation Day observances, Juneteenth falls closest to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun, at its zenith, defies the darkness in every state, including those once shadowed by slavery.”
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In observance of this important day and to further our campus commitment in affirming that Black Lives Matter, the Office of Diversity and Outreach is hosting a special event featuring keynote speaker Dante King, who will explore the history of anti-Black racism in the United States from the colonial period to the present. We encourage all members of the UCSF community to attend this event and stay engaged throughout this important moment in time. Our office is working to curate events to facilitate healing and learning, and we encourage people to stay connected by subscribing to our newsletter.

Furthermore, we are working with all to center the voices of our Black community members to develop our plans for transformational change that dismantles anti-Black racism at UCSF.

Anti-Blackness and Its Link to White Racism, Privilege and Power presented by Dante King...

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