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

May 26, 2021
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Just two months ago, I wrote to you after a week of mass shootings across America. Today, we are left grieving once again over a tragedy that, this time, is much closer to home. As the news continues to emerge, we have learned that this morning’s shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose has taken the lives of eight innocent people, plus the gunman. Multiple others are injured.

This is the 15th mass shooting this year across the United States and the deadliest one in the Bay Area in nearly 30 years. I want to acknowledge that for many of you, this may feel different, or add further to the emotional exhaustion of the past year. I invite you to make use of the resources that are available here at UCSF to support you:

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May 24, 2021
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Nearly one year ago in Minneapolis, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin. The way in which Mr. Floyd was killed revealed once again how systemic racism and anti-Blackness reinforce an unjust legacy of oppression that too often results in the death of Black people. 

Mr. Floyd’s passing, however, further ignited the growing need to address institutionalized bias and racially-motivated hate in all of its forms. The call for police reform has become louder, the work to address the inequity of health outcomes more urgent, and the intersections of racism and other forms of injustice more obvious than ever.

In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death tomorrow, I encourage all of us to make time in the busy day and observe 9 minutes and 29 seconds of silence—the length of time Mr. Floyd suffered under Derek Chauvin’s knee—to reflect on the changes that have followed his passing and the work that remains.

At 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, you also are invited by the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (BCH) DEI Council and Spiritual Care Services-SF to join an online space of solidarity and care, to honor all that we may be feeling on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, as well as to uplift and honor positive signs of change for racial justice. Presenters will include: Corey Jackson, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources; Stephanie Brown from the UCSF BCH Black Caucus; and Special Guest Isoke Femi, Maven for Transformational Learning at GLIDE.

  • UCSF Solidarity & Healing – Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.
    Zoom:...
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May 12, 2021
Philanthropy
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community:

We are pleased to announce that UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ new home is scheduled to open this fall.

Adjacent to our Mission Bay campus at 675 18th Street, the 150,000-square-foot Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building is the culmination of our vision to integrate physical and mental health by eliminating boundaries that have isolated psychiatry and behavioral sciences from other medical disciplines.

Embedding mental health services into the overall health care system also will help reduce the stigma that can be associated with seeking help for mental health. Younger patients, in particular, will be able to go to one space to see their pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, and other key members of their care team.

The five-story, light-filled building is supported by a gift of nearly $60 million from philanthropists John Pritzker and Lisa Stone Pritzker, longtime supporters of UCSF, and named in honor of John’s sister, Nancy Friend Pritzker, who died by suicide at age 24 during a depressive episode in 1972. You can read more about the project here.

As previously communicated, we are relocating outpatient services currently offered at UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics (LPPHC) at Parnassus Heights, which are located on the planned site of UCSF Health’s new hospital at the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. Our inpatient adult care program, which offers acute psychiatric service for adults 18 years and older, will move to UCSF...

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May 5, 2021
Administrative
People
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As more people get vaccinated and the overall level of new COVID-19 cases declines across the country, we are easing out of the worst public health crisis in a generation. We have come a long way in just over a year, developing new ways of working while serving our mission in education, research, and care delivery. One important lesson we have learned is that those whose responsibilities allow them to work remotely can do so effectively.

Looking ahead, I am pleased to announce that UCSF will incorporate a combination of telework and on-site work in our staffing plans for those job duties that can be performed remotely without compromising our mission. We will approach this new venture in the spirit of continuous process improvement, adapting as we learn from our experience.

Telework Guiding Principles

My Cabinet supports telework as part of our vision for the future, and we have agreed upon principles that will guide us in making decisions about telework. One of these principles is to prioritize equity, consistency, and accessibility to ensure that campus control points and UCSF Health leaders make decisions based on business needs. To support this goal, we have developed a standard tool to evaluate and identify positions for telework. In the weeks ahead, we will communicate these details and provide managers with resource materials.

As I mentioned at this past Friday’s town hall, I am extending the work-from-home guidance to October 1, 2021. This extension gives employees currently working remotely more time to plan for child and elder care, provides managers more time to...

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April 23, 2021
Administrative
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Colleagues,

We are asking all employees, including those at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, to receive or decline the COVID-19 vaccination by June 30, 2021, in accordance with an interim policy issued by the University of California Office of the President.

The goal of the interim UC policy is to protect the health and safety of the entire University community.  It requires all employees and certain trainees working on-site to be informed about the COVID-19 vaccines and then either be vaccinated or decline the vaccination.  To learn more about the interim UC policy, visit this link.

All UCSF employees and trainees (but not students) working on-site are required to take one of the following two actions:

  1. Get the COVID-19 vaccination.
    • If you received your vaccination at UCSF Parnassus Heights or UCSF Mission Bay, no further action is needed.
    • If you received your vaccination outside of a UCSF campus location—including City College of San Francisco, UCSF Fresno partner locations, or Zuckerberg San Francisco General—you must submit proof of your vaccination on the new Occupational Health Services (OHS) portal, which can be accessed via the UCSF network or VPN at: https://ohsportal.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/
  2. Or you must complete a form declining the COVID-19 vaccination on the new OHS portal linked above.

BCH Oakland employees should submit proof of a vaccination...

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April 23, 2021
Administrative
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

On April 27, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2021 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey, which will once again be conducted by Gallup. The 2020 survey was cancelled due to the disruption to our lives caused by the onset of COVID-19. More than a year later, the need to hear from our staff community is imperative.

Completing the survey should take less than ten minutes, and your response will help us understand the progress we have made toward our shared goal of making UCSF an inclusive and supportive place to work.

Managers and their teams use their results each year to create action plans that build on strengths and address challenges. At the UCSF-wide level, we look for trends and patterns in engagement and satisfaction that help us understand how staff feel about their work so we can identify opportunities for improvement across our institution.

Based on the results from 2019, UCSF has continued its efforts to sustain and increase staff engagement. These include:

  • Working on the organization-wide action plan to create paths toward addressing unconscious bias and to help managers advocate on behalf of their staff, including the introduction of manager and staff training on this topic.
  • Measuring progress on confronting and resolving issues of belonging and inclusion.
  • Participating in the 2020 Your Voice Counts survey, with a focus on the organizational priorities of addressing UCSF’s COVID-19 response, financial recovery, and racial injustice.

You can...

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April 20, 2021
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Nearly a year ago, George Floyd was killed at the hands of police in Minnesota. Today, after a brief deliberation, a jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin on all three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Mr. Floyd’s death placed a glaring light, once again, on the use of excessive force by police on people of color. Our society must find the will to break the cycle of police violence and systemic racism that devalues the lives of Black Americans and other communities of color.

Today’s verdict will hopefully provide some comfort to Mr. Floyd’s loved ones that, at least in this case, justice may be served. But we must continue to push for meaningful reforms that strengthen policing overall. In so doing, we may yet build a lasting legacy from this tragedy that improves police accountability and ensures equity for all of the communities that police officers are meant to serve and protect.

The past year has proven to be challenging on many fronts. One of the things I am most grateful for is the humanity and compassion that our UCSF community brings to issues ranging from the pandemic to anti-racism.

We have learned so much from one another about what it means to build a truly inclusive, diverse, and equitable culture. Though we have more work to do, I hope you are taking the time to look after yourself and one another.

Sincerely,

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

April 15, 2021
Administrative

Dear UCSF Community,

Given the increased use of phishing emails to launch cyber-attacks, UCSF IT will launch on Friday, April 16, an automated system that will provide visual tags on emails when:

  • you receive an email from a sender that is outside of the UCSF community;
  • the sender cannot be verified; or
  • in other risky scenarios.

The “External Sender” tag does not indicate the email is or is not malicious but is intended to help you be more aware and cautious. External emails will appear in your inbox with a message like this:

Example of the tag for an external sender

Warning tags are an indication that the email may in fact be dangerous. While most of these kinds of emails get blocked by our system, some number make it through the filters and this tag will help you identify them.

Example of a warning tag that reads Be Careful With This Message

Email tags are intended to increase your awareness of the origin and context of the email that you receive, especially from senders outside of the UCSF community. Read more about email tagging at https://it.ucsf.edu/how-to/email-tagging.

As phishing attempts increase, please continue to exercise caution, and report any suspicious email using the Phish Alarm tool: https://it.ucsf.edu/service/phish-alarm. If you need assistance in reporting suspicious email, please...

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April 14, 2021
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright this past Sunday compounds our grief and frustration over a series of tragedies involving Black people in situations that are difficult to understand, much less accept. While the circumstances are always different, we need to recognize that implicit bias is woven into the common thread that connects these senseless deaths.

We mourn Mr. Wright, a young man whose passing echoes the death of too many before him. And we recognize that many of you are exhausted by the anguish caused by these tragedies, especially as the trial of Derek Chauvin over the killing of George Floyd unfolds.

But we cannot let exhaustion lead to resignation. The underlying factors that lead to this needless loss of life will not be undone overnight. The society from which these heartbreaking situations emerge will change only through the repetition and amplification of actions by individuals and systems examining and dismantling bias, unconscious and otherwise.

We hope you take the time to check in with your family, friends, and colleagues who may be impacted by this latest tragedy. If you or anyone you know would benefit from support, please seek the counseling and assistance of our UCSF resource teams:

Sincerely,

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

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April 6, 2021
Administrative
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to share a set of FAQs from the UC Office of the President regarding the system-wide data breach that the University of California reported last week.

I strongly encourage you to review the following resources to learn about the steps you should take to help protect yourself. This includes enrolling in the free credit monitoring and identity theft protection offered by UCOP in its April 2 update.

FAQs on the UC system-wide data breach
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/04/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-accellion-data-breach.html

UC Office of the President: April 2 update, including free credit monitoring and identity theft protection
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/04/update-on-accellion-breach-and-what-you-should-do.html

If you have questions about the data breach, the UC Office of the President asks that you send them to a special email address that has been created for this incident: [email protected].

I want to underscore the seriousness of this cybersecurity attack, which has affected many companies and universities across the country, and encourage you to stay...

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