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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.

June 18, 2020
Advocacy
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking the Trump administration from immediately rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a significant victory, ensuring that some 700,000 young immigrants—including students at UCSF—can retain their legal status in the United States to study and work, without fear of deportation, for now.

The program, established by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows so-called Dreamers, brought to the United States illegally as children, to apply for a temporary status that lasts for two years and is renewable. While the Supreme Court’s ruling today is good news, advocates must work to prevent opponents of the DACA program from seeking a lower court to consider their arguments. The ruling also does not provide a path to citizenship for our DACA community, and we must work to ensure Congress takes up this action.

As we continue seeking equality and equity for all, we must continue to do more, on DACA and other key issues. We are in the midst of a critical conversation about race and discrimination, especially of Black Americans, in our country, and more must be done to advance LGBTQ rights, to name just two important challenges.

In celebrating today’s Supreme Court ruling on DACA, I express my gratitude for UC President Janet Napolitano’s leadership on this important issue. The University of California has been a key advocate for DACA and was the first university in the nation to file a lawsuit challenging the proposed rescission of the DACA policy. I invite you to read the ...

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June 16, 2020
Community
People

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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June 15, 2020
Advocacy
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects all Americans from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a resounding affirmation of our belief that there is no place for discrimination of any kind in our society. 

June is Pride Month and even as we celebrate this victory for equality and dignity in the workplace, we also strongly denounce the Trump administration’s action on Friday to repeal protections for transgender patients against discrimination when seeking health care. This is directly at odds with UCSF’s core commitment to providing unbiased, equitable, and welcoming patient care for all, including transgender and non-binary people, and all LGBTQ individuals.

In California, where state laws prohibit many forms of LGBTQ discrimination, the impact of the rollback will largely have no impact. In 28 other states, however, the repeal of this protection will leave transgender individuals exposed to discrimination in health care.

At UCSF, we must continue pursuing our decades-long work of championing equity and the rights of all members of the LGBTQ community. Klint Jaramillo, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center is working to support and raise the visibility of the LGBTQ community through advocacy, education, training and, recently, by championing a pronouns campaign to increase awareness about using everyone's correct gender...

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June 9, 2020
Community
Leadership
People

Dear Colleagues,

In the last two weeks, our nation has gone from outrage and grief over the racial injustice seen in the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery to the extraordinary calls for addressing the systemic racism that underlies these tragic deaths and the many that preceded them.

At UCSF, we have a responsibility to speak out against violence, including police violence, that is racially motivated. It is anathema to the core values of our community, which stands firmly against bias and discrimination of all kinds. Violence of this nature, along with other elements of systemic racism, is a public health issue. We denounce it and we must take action to eliminate it.

More broadly, as I stated in my message to the community on May 31, we at UCSF must continue the hard work of dismantling the structural barriers of racism in education, research, employment, and health care. As we undertake this long-term work, we can learn from the leadership of our colleagues here at UCSF calling for change today.

Members of the global STEM community have organized a day of reflection tomorrow, June 10, called #ShutDownSTEM, to draw attention to the impact of systemic racism and injustice on Black people in STEM and academia. We support this movement, and encourage you to take time tomorrow to reflect on what each of us can do in our lines of work to address racism.

In addition, members of our campus community are organizing peaceful sit-ins on Thursday to bring further campus attention to these issues.

At a leadership level, the Chancellor’s Cabinet will be...

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June 5, 2020
Community
People
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

The past weeks have exposed, in undeniable ways, a problem that has been festering in this country – the unjust treatment of people of color.

We are all feeling pain and anger in different ways. Some of you have spent a lifetime taking daily precautions in order to safely navigate society in ways a white person never has to consider.

For others, who don’t ever worry about getting pulled over by police when simply out driving – and how to respond - or ways to shop without aggravating suspicions of a store manager, the recent deaths of black people jogging outside, sleeping in their homes, and now, under a policeman’s knee, are exposing horrendous gaps in how people of color are treated in our country.

Racism and injustice are pervasive problems that require societal solutions that start with each of us. At UCSF Health, we must accelerate our work to reduce health disparities, and the inequities in our own culture that have been brought to light in recent engagement surveys.

There are actions we can take that are in our immediate control. As a start, I ask everyone at UCSF Health to join me in doing three things: listen, learn and lead.

I have been reaching out to colleagues to ask them how they are doing. Please respect that everyone may be processing events differently. Use your best judgement to let colleagues and teams know you are there for conversation and support. Race and ethnicity can be difficult topics to discuss, and it may be uncomfortable, which is precisely the reason it is so important for us to do. We may use the wrong words at times. But if the outreach comes from a place of genuine compassion and concern, we can listen to...

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June 1, 2020
Administrative

Your new gateway to benefits and pay has arrived. All UCSF-paid employees may now access UCPath – the University of California’s modern human resources, benefits and payroll system. Review your checklist to see the recommended actions you may want to take now that UCPath is live.

UCPath Online Portal

The UCPath online portal gives you 24/7 self-service access to payroll, benefits and human resources information from your mobile devices or computer.

Go to MyAccess to log into the UCPath online portal.

  • In order to verify your identity and protect your information, DUO multifactor authentication is required each time you log into UCPath.
  • Additional steps are required on your first login:
    • Set up five security questions to prevent unauthorized access or changes to your financial, health benefits, or personal information.
    • Complete a self-identification questionnaire about veteran and disability status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. You may select “decline to state” for any question, but sharing information provides important data about UC’s workforce and informs UC’s efforts to create an inclusive environment.
  • More information about logging into UCPath, including software simulations, is available on the UCPath website.
Support and Help

UCPath online’s modern interface is easy to use. When you are ready to take action, job aids, software simulations and other...

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May 31, 2020
Community
People

Dear UCSF Community,

In Minneapolis on May 25, George Floyd died under circumstances that have become too familiar and frequent, but as difficult to accept as ever. The manner of his death has released torrents of anger and sorrow across the country. The grief we feel is compounded by the deaths of Breonna Taylor in March and Ahmaud Arbery in February. Like Mr. Floyd, both were killed in situations that are hard to comprehend, one in her home and the other while jogging in his neighborhood.

What these tragedies have in common is that all three victims are black. These incidents expose the double standard of racism that provides privileges to some, and denies them to others, based on the color of their skin. It is a double standard all people of color face, but that black people experience most painfully. Those of us who are not black cannot fully understand what the black experience is in this country. We are privileged to do things without concern that black people simply cannot. This inequitable system of privilege is so pervasive and foundational in our society that it is accurately described as structural racism.

As I watched the events in Minneapolis unfold this past week, I struggled for words to serve my heartbreak. How many times must we mourn another black person who died doing everyday things that many of us take for granted. Once again, we must unite in a clear voice to condemn racism and discrimination of all kinds.

For those of us who benefit from privilege, I encourage us to go beyond denouncing acts of racism and hate. We must examine our own bias and have honest, courageous conversations with one another. We can grow to recognize racism and bias the way...

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May 20, 2020
Administrative

Dear UCSF Campus Community,

UCSF has begun a phased return to onsite work for some UCSF community members.

This will allow a limited number of faculty, staff, and learners who cannot work remotely to gradually resume onsite activities. Only those who have been told that they can return to campus should be doing so at this point. Everyone else who can work remotely should continue to do so.

Those who are returning to onsite activities must meet the following requirements:

  1. Pass an online health screen
  • UCSF faculty, staff, learners, affiliates, visitors, and vendors must pass an online health screen to verify that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms or exposures that would put others at risk for infection. Delivery people are exempt.
  • Please review this online tutorial for the health screening tool.
  1. Wear mandatory face coverings
  • Anyone on UCSF property, including buildings, grounds, labs, conference rooms, elevators, parking structures and shuttles must wear a face covering or mask at all times except when alone in a private office or personal vehicle.
  • Face coverings must cover both nose and mouth, and they should be worn while also maintaining appropriate physical distance—at least six feet apart.
  • A surgical mask must be worn at all times in hospital and clinical settings in accordance with UCSF Health’s...
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May 19, 2020
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

In cities across the country the rhythm of daily life as we knew it only a few months ago is slowly beginning to return. In California, from the state capitol to city hall to UCSF, the focus on frontline response is broadening to include recovery efforts, even as we continue to watch for a resurgence.

As we address the financial damage created by COVID-19, we will face tough decisions. The economic uncertainty before UC and UCSF raises questions about budgets, staffing levels, and compensation, adding to the toll the pandemic has taken on everyone’s lives, especially the most vulnerable among us. These are important issues, and I want you to know that I will address them in a straightforward manner as more information becomes available.

Budgets

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a revised state budget that included a reduction for UC funding. Though we do not yet know the specific impact on UCSF, we must start preparing for potential budget cuts for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Continuing shortfalls on the campus and at UCSF Health only underscore the challenge before us. In response, I am instructing UCSF’s control points to start scenario-planning potential budget reductions of 5-10% in the allocation from the Office of the Chancellor. Additional updates will follow as this work develops.

Staffing and Compensation

At a time of uncertainty, I realize you have questions about potential changes to staffing and compensation. I have instructed the teams facilitating our recovery and resilience strategy to look for creative solutions to reduce costs on supplies and realize savings through the hiring freeze. This work is a shared...

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May 18, 2020
Administrative

Dear UCSF Community,

We are now in the last steps of our transition to UCPath – the University of California’s new systemwide human resources, benefits, and payroll system. Beginning on June 1, UCSF paychecks will be processed in UCPath, and the UCPath online portal will be available for UCSF employee and manager self-service.

Changes are coming for every employee – here is what you should focus on now:

  • Action checklists are available to guide you through recommended steps you should consider now and at go-live.
  • If you missed the Employee Town Hall on May 11, you can watch the recording to learn more about how UCPath affects all employees.
  • Some systems will be temporarily unavailable due to conversion activities:
    • May 28 - 31: HBS (timekeeping), Tpweb (online timesheets), WebClock (online time clock), and MyReports
    • May 29 - 31: PeopleConnect
  • Look for the June 1 email announcement that UCPath is available.
    • Details will include how to log in, recommended actions, and ways to get support.
    • As a reminder, UCSF continues to be a target for phishing emails. You should exercise caution before opening email from unknown senders or clicking on links. Email about UCPath will never ask you for personal information or login credentials.

Go to UCPath.UCSF.edu to learn more about UCPath. You can review how UCPath will affect you, access your...

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