Campus Messages

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

January 23, 2019

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

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.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

November 21, 2018

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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November 13, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

We write today to thank you for your hard work throughout the year and to invite you to attend a staff appreciation holiday breakfast on one of the dates listed below*. These events provide us and other university leaders an opportunity to thank you in person for your contributions.


December 6

Mount Zion

Mount Zion Café

8:00– 10:00 a.m.

December 7


Moffitt Café

6:30 – 10:30 a.m.

December 10

Mission Bay Hospitals

William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium

6:30 – 10:00 a.m.

December 13

Mission Bay

Genentech Hall Atrium

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

*Please bring UCSF photo identification.


If you are unable to attend a breakfast in December, additional staff appreciation events are scheduled at different campus locations for 2019.

It has been an exciting year for UCSF with the launch of the...

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November 8, 2018

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Yesterday ended with yet another sad, painful, and disturbing tragedy when a gunman opened fire in a bar crowded with college students in Thousand Oaks, California. We learned this morning about the impact and loss of at least 13 lives, including a Ventura County sheriff sergeant and the shooter.

Here at UCSF, we prepare for responding to active shooter situations and offer training in defense skills to UCSF faculty, staff, students, and trainees to use if confronted with similar circumstances. For more information, please go to the UCSF Police Department website.

As guardians of health, we know all too well that gun violence is a public health crisis. Our experience equips us to be effective advocates for the safety of our patients and the communities we serve. Together, our advocacy efforts could result in lifting what amounts to a federal ban on funding research on gun violence.

Please also remember that UCSF provides members of our community access to professional counseling and confidential services in times of sorrow:

I hope you can find comfort in knowing...

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November 2, 2018
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to notify the UCSF Community about Assembly Bill 21 (2017) (AB 21): Access to Higher Education for Every Student and the procedure in regard to possible immigration enforcement at UCSF locations. While AB 21 is fairly recent, it has long been a goal at UCSF to foster a university environment that is safe and welcoming for all members of our community regardless of immigration status.

For a fuller explanation of UC’s current policies and procedures relating to undocumented members of our community, please see UC’s Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community and Frequently Asked Questions for University Employees about Possible Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property as well as UCSF Undocumented Student Support Services. For up-to-date information, please visit the UC Office of the President online.

It is important to note that federal immigration agencies can and do enter campuses for non-enforcement activities, which can include recruitment and activities related to normal immigration visa processing. The procedure and information below relate only to immigration enforcement activities.

  1. Notify the Office of Legal Affairs as soon as possible if you are advised that an immigration officer is expected to enter, will...
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October 29, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The fabric of our nation has once again been frayed. Today, we struggle to comprehend what one federal law enforcement official called “the most horrific crime scene I have ever seen” – the carnage resulting from a mass shooting at a temple in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Each day, every one of us at UCSF comes to campus driven by a desire to heal and to improve the quality of life in our communities, our country, and around the globe. What are we to do in the wake of wanton acts of violence that leave our communities in pain?

We grieve for lives lost too soon. We pause in silence to give strength to the brokenhearted. We take a little extra time to tell our friends and colleagues that they are important to us. And we find solace in knowing that all of us, collectively, are committed to lessening the pain and suffering in the world through caring, healing, learning, and discovery.

Please remember that members of our community have access to professional counseling and confidential services:

The leadership of UCSF stands in solidarity with those throughout our country who are dedicated to achieving a society free of violence and hatred. Please join us in our...

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October 26, 2018
UC System

To the UCSF Community:

This week it was reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading an effort to revise federal guidelines and define gender as “…. immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth”, which would effectively exclude transgender, nonbinary and intersex people from the protections and rights afforded in our country. 

UCSF is firmly committed to the rights, and to freedom from harassment and discrimination, of all individuals.

UCSF welcomes all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities and abilities. We stand alongside and unequivocally support the trans, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming communities, and their allies. 

UCSF is a member of the University of California, and UC policies ensure protection from harassment and discrimination. Additionally, state laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, prohibit employment discrimination and harassment of transgender workers by providing protections based on gender identity and gender expression. The Gender Recognition Act (SB179), which becomes law on January 1, 2019, will ensure that trans and nonbinary people can easily secure birth certificates and state-issued identification with a correct gender identity. 

UCSF leadership recognizes that proposals such as the one being considered by HHS cause pain and suffering, and work to undercut the bonds of diversity and inclusion that unify our communities.  We are in solidarity with you and are committed to the safety and well-being of each and every one of our community members.

As a reminder, we encourage everyone to prioritize self-...

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October 26, 2018
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community: 

This week, UCSF was challenged with its second strike in 2018. The disruptions caused by these strikes were significant and affected the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, trainees, students, visitors, and especially our patients. 

At UCSF Health, more than 5,000 appointments, including critical surgeries and cancer infusion treatments, were canceled, rescheduled or delayed, creating a serious impact on patient care. 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 this week. 

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

No matter your individual view about strikes, everyone in the UCSF family is bonded together by our PRIDE Values: professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence. 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 President, you can be assured that we are committed to finding a resolution to these labor...

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July 26, 2018

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,
We are writing to share a brief summary of results of the 2018 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey and next steps. Thank you to the nearly 70 percent of staff who voiced your opinions in this important survey, which helps us understand our progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work.
Staff engagement appears to have plateaued with a slight increase in overall engagement. Our grand mean score, on a five-point scale, increased .01 from 3.93 in 2017 to 3.94 in 2018. While this is an improvement, we remain far from our goal to be among the best organizations in the country.
On the positive side, two of the areas that employees scored the highest were related to our mission and to our commitment to doing quality work. We also learned that those units that actively engaged their employees in discussing last year’s results, and how to improve, had significant improvements in their scores. 
The survey also identified areas that need attention. Of most concern, Black and Hispanic staff generally had lower engagement scores than Whites and Asians, and staff who are represented by unions generally felt less engaged than other staff. This is antithetical to our values at UCSF and something we intend to address fully this year.
You can read more about the survey findings and next steps in Pulse of UCSF.
Over the next few months, our Learning and Organization...

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