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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.

November 13, 2020
Administrative
Advocacy
Community
People

Dear UCSF Community,

We are pleased to share with you the initial report of the UCSF Safety Task Force, a chancellor-appointed task force charged with reviewing and refining UCSF’s practices around community safety.

During the past few months the task force developed nine recommendations for strengthening UCSF’s security and policing protocols, guided by the leadership of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein and Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro. Their initial report includes improvements to current policies as well as new opportunities for ensuring a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for every UCSF community member and visitor.

Among the task force’s recommendations are proposals for increasing the use of evidence-backed de-escalation measures that can help defuse disruptive situations without police intervention. Another promising recommendation is to reimagine the recruitment, training, and role of our security guards. Increasing diversity within their ranks and enhancing their diversity, equity, and inclusion training will help us prevent racial profiling on our campus.

This initial report represents the first phase of an ongoing priority for UCSF. It is an important part of our Anti-racism Initiative. Next steps include a review of the task force’s recommendations by the Chancellor and his leadership team. In addition, the task force has been asked to continue its work and develop an implementation plan for the recommendations that will be adopted once approved.

As the next phase of work gets under way, we invite you to read the...

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November 9, 2020
Advocacy
Partnerships

Dear UCSF Community,

This morning, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced the establishment of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, the first step in their commitment to develop a national strategy aimed at bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. UCSF applauds the Biden-Harris team’s quick action to assemble a group of top public health advisors on this national and global public health crisis as Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris prepare to assume office on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021.

The Advisory Board will be co-chaired by Vivek Murthy, MD, the surgeon general under former President Barack Obama; Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, associate professor of internal medicine, public health, and management at Yale School of Medicine; and UCSF’s David Kessler, MD, JD, professor of pediatrics and of epidemiology and biostatistics, former dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor, and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Kessler led the FDA under the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Two other members of the UCSF faculty have also been named to the 13-person Advisory Board: Eric Goosby, MD and Robert M. Rodriguez, MD.

Dr. Goosby, professor of medicine, served as the interim Director of the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy in the Clinton Administration and implemented the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the Obama administration, among other senior leadership roles.

Dr. Rodriguez, professor of emergency medicine, works in the Emergency Department of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and in...

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November 4, 2020
Advocacy
Community
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly two-thirds of eligible voters participated in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the most in 120 years. But what has followed is a contested election with narrow margins separating the candidates that reflect deep divisions in our society.

Voters in California were presented with a number of important ballot initiatives as well, including Proposition 16. I invite you to read President Drake’s letter to the UC community on his commitment to keep fighting for the expansion of “underrepresented groups’ access to a UC education” despite the failure of the initiative. To learn more about the national and state elections, join me at the Town Hall this Friday when we will spend a portion of our time on this week’s political developments.

The final results of the presidential contest may not be known for some time. The days ahead may prove to be challenging as the nation seeks closure to a highly charged election. I urge you to embrace our PRIDE Values and shared purpose at UCSF, even as you may encounter viewpoints that differ from your own. And I encourage all of us to do what we have done exceptionally well this past year, what we always do: serve our public mission in education, research, and care delivery without favor or bias. This responsibility could not be more important at a time of heightened partisanship....

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October 19, 2020
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

The November 3, 2020 general election is unique in many ways, but one thing remains constant: voting is how we make our voices heard.

All registered California voters were mailed ballots in early October. If you did not receive your ballot, check that your voter registration is accurate by today’s deadline. You can vote early and track your ballot. If you choose to vote in person, follow public health guidelines.

At UCSF, we are committed to encouraging civic participation throughout our campus and community. For example, UCSF Health is promoting voting information with patients, and UCSF students and residents are conducting nonpartisan outreach to encourage voter engagement.

As a reminder, UCSF legally must remain nonpartisan, and UCSF employees cannot support or oppose candidates or ballot measures within their University roles or with UCSF resources. However, you may participate in campaign activities on your own time, with your own resources, and without any inference of University endorsement. Watch this short video for more information about UCSF advocacy guidelines.

You can make a difference in our democracy by ensuring that your friends, family, and colleagues have a plan to exercise their constitutional right to vote, a freedom that comes from the hard struggles and sacrifices of many champions who came before us. Visit ucsf.edu/vote for more information on campus efforts and...

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September 1, 2020
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that for the 13th consecutive year, UCSF Health has been named an “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

UCSF Medical Center was the first major hospital in the nation to participate in HRC’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) and is the only hospital that has done so every year since the HEI’s inception. Well before other health systems and the HEI, UCSF Health extended foundational discrimination protections to LGBTQ individuals, providing nation-leading training in LGBTQ health needs and developing policies and practices to optimize care for LGBTQ people. You can read more about the HEI, UCSF Health’s LGBTQ-centered medical services, and the new UCSF Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health here.

High-quality care is built on trust between a provider and patient in a safe, welcoming environment, and I am immensely proud of our track record. I also know that we must continuously do better, which is why last year I asked consultant Shane Snowdon, who from 1999 to 2012 was the first full-time director of the UCSF LGBT Resource Center, to initiate a comprehensive review of how UCSF Health...

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August 13, 2020
Administrative
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We would like to invite you to join us at a special town hall on Thursday, August 20, from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., to learn about UCSF’s plans for revitalizing our Parnassus Heights campus. You can register here for the event.

Last October, UCSF unveiled a bold vision, called the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP), to re-imagine our oldest and largest campus and build a new hospital with state-of-the-art facilities that will support our incredible research, education, and care delivery mission for decades to come.

At the town hall, Brian Newman, senior associate vice chancellor of UCSF Real Estate and vice president of UCSF Health, and his team will share highlights of the initial-phase projects, including the new hospital, the Research and Academic Building, Aldea housing, and the new campus entry from Irving Street.

As we prepare to seek UC Regental approval in early 2021 to start the next phase of work on the CPHP, we need your help to secure a new future for Parnassus Heights. To rally our UCSF community, Vice Chancellor Francesca Vega will announce the launch of a Community & Government Relations-led advocacy campaign that encourages faculty, staff, and learners to sign up and show support for a renewed Parnassus Heights campus.

We hope you will join us to learn about our collective efforts for transforming our Parnassus Heights campus. Please note that this town hall has been extended a half hour to allow for a...

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July 30, 2020
Administrative
Advocacy
Community
People

Dear UCSF Community,

As a leading university committed to the health sciences, we must confront the way racism perpetuates a system of inequities for people of color. False hierarchies based on race rationalize laws, public policy, and customs that have built bias and discrimination into society’s institutional practices.

Racism expressed through our social systems is often subtle and sometimes unconscious. But its impact is clearly visible across housing, education, employment, criminal justice, and health care. Nowhere are the effects of racism more obvious than in the Black community where it has led to worse health and health care outcomes, causing unnecessary suffering and shortened lives. Anti-Black racism remains the most virulent form of bias and discrimination to be overcome in this country.

In all of its forms, racism is contrary to the core values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence that drive UCSF’s mission of health research, education, care delivery, and public service. To achieve a community truly defined by these values, we must take an anti-racist stance challenging systems, practices, and attitudes that maintain structural inequities against all people of color. 

The events of the past few months prompt us, as a community, to act with greater urgency. Over the past weeks, Chancellor Sam Hawgood and senior leaders have listened to faculty, learners, and staff, and have met with the Black Caucus to seek their guidance. The Chancellor’s Cabinet—led by the Chancellor and guided by Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro—has accelerated its work of reexamining UCSF’s own...

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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 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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April 1, 2020
Advocacy

Dear UCSF Community:

Every 10 years, people across the country and in California fill out the census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The census gives us data about our community, informs the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding, and determines the number of decision - makers representing us. An undercount means fewer resources for everyone - for every person not counted, our community loses $10,000.

Take the 2020 Census today. Be sure you include any person living in your household, family or not. Those who live in UCSF Housing will be counted with help from housing staff. 

The census asks nine basic questions like your address, age, race, and relationship to household residents, and does not ask about citizenship status or for information like a Social Security number. The census is safe, protected, and confidential.

When you complete the census, it helps our city get money for schools, hospitals, roads, social services, and more. Help the UCSF community receive the support we deserve and need! 

Sincerely,

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