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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 15, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

This Sunday, June 19, we will celebrate the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, specifically the day on which enslaved people in Texas were freed, more than two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. This Juneteenth also marks the second year the day is observed as a federal holiday (observed June 20, 2022). As I reflect on this important day, I'm reminded of our shared and connected history, our present-day challenges to equity, and our hopes and plans for the future.

Over a month ago, we witnessed one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent U.S. history in Buffalo, New York. And just over two years ago, we faced a national reckoning with anti-Black racism after the murder of Mr. George Floyd. To understand the context of these events, we must acknowledge the larger history of anti-Black racism in our country and how it relates to today: from chattel slavery to Jim Crow segregation and systemic racism, anti-Black racism continues to impact our lives and the lives of our patients and community. Thus, in celebrating and commemorating Juneteenth, we also have the opportunity to understand a more comprehensive and honest rendering of our nation's history—and legacy.

I encourage the UCSF community to reflect on the full and enduring significance of June 19 as a day of truth and joy. In doing so, I encourage all of us to commit to dismantling anti-Black racism at UCSF because there is still much work to do to make our institution a truly inclusive and equitable place for all.

Please join one of the many Juneteenth events listed on the...

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June 13, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear Colleagues,

Thirty-five years after participating in the very first AIDS Walk San Francisco, our UCSF community is once again coming together in Golden Gate Park to raise funds for programs and services for those living with HIV.

Thanks to the efforts of UCSF clinicians and scientists, in partnership with public health officials, community partners and others, we have made great progress in the fight against HIV. But a cure remains elusive, challenges to equal rights for the LGBTQIA community remain and many people continue to struggle with health inequities stemming from discrimination, homelessness and poverty.

Proceeds raised in this year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco will help provide long-acting antiretroviral therapies for those living with HIV and homelessness and other services provided by the POP-UP program, based at the legendary Ward 86 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Beneficiaries also include UCSF’s 360 Wellness Center and other Bay Area programs.

Please join me and the UCSF AIDS Walk contingent on Sunday, July 17, 2022, to show your support for the community we call home. You can learn how to sign up for a team in our UCSF story. After two years of the pandemic, we are happy to return for a walk in the park featuring music, dancing, food and fun. I look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

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June 3, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

June is Pride Month, and during this month we recognize and honor the valuable contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals worldwide in the fight for civil rights. Pride's origin dates to the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues today.

As members of the UCSF community, we must commit ourselves to protecting the fundamental equal rights of LGBTQIA+ people. This year there have been more than 200 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills filed in our country. A number of these bills seek to further disenfranchise transgender and nonbinary people, undermining existing protections for LGBTQIA+ children and restricting discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. We denounce these attacks and reaffirm our support for our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, trainees, and patients.

At the University of California, we strive to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all people. The UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy is one such effort. The policy requires that at least three equally recognized gender options must be available on university-issued documents and IT Resource systems — woman, man, and nonbinary. The policy also requires that lived names, also referred to as preferred names, should always be used. Implementation of this policy is required by the end of 2023 and will take effort from all on our campus and UCSF Health system.

Many of our employees...

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June 3, 2022
Administrative
Community

Dear Colleagues,

University of California President Michael V. Drake issued the UC Community Safety Plan in August 2021. The plan creates a structure for creating a safe campus environment for all community members using four key guidelines: community and service-driven safety; a holistic, inclusive, and tiered response model for safety services; transparency and continuous improvement through data; and accountability and independent oversight. UCSF has been working to fulfill each guideline detailed in the plan.

Today we invite our UCSF community to give feedback on a specific guideline:

Action item 4.1: Each campus, modeling the UC Davis Police Accountability Board’s procedures and policies as minimum standards, will establish an independent, civilian campus police accountability body and procedures to review investigation reports regarding complaints filed against UCPD. The accountability body will include students, faculty, and staff. To avoid conflict of interest and ensure the independence of the accountability body, no member or alternate can be a current or former campus police department employee, or a current employee of campus counsel or the investigation unit. This body will provide recommendations to the Chancellor and Chief of Police to ensure that complaints regarding UCPD policies and the conduct of UCPD personnel are resolved in a fair, thorough, reasonable, and expeditious manner. These bodies will solicit public input and conduct community outreach.

UCSF’s plan for the...

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June 2, 2022
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

A shooting yesterday at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital took the lives of four people, unsettling a nation already reeling from the tragedies in Buffalo and Uvalde. While words of condolences and comfort can feel inadequate in the face of this growing public health crisis, we share in the grief for those who lost their lives, as well as the families they leave behind.

Training for Our Community

The fact that this latest gun violence occurred in a place of healing brings the issue closer to home for our community of health professionals and staff. Prior to these recent events, UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) had been preparing a series of training programs, which are more timely than ever.

Beginning next week, UCSF and ZSFG will offer active threat training. Participants will learn how to protect themselves from an active shooter, how to report an incident, and what to expect from the police response. 

  • The UCSF Police Department will offer training for the UCSF community, with in-person and Zoom options. UCSF Police Chief Mike Denson will send more information in a separate communication.
  • San Francisco Sheriff's Department is planning an upcoming active shooter training for the ZSFG campus. More details on this effort are forthcoming.
Town Hall on Gun Violence

UCSF also will hold a town hall to help our community understand the growing epidemic of gun violence. Experts engaged across research, education and training, health policy and care delivery will talk about their work in our communities and what more can be done to prevent gun violence. More information about...

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May 25, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Days before they were to begin their summer break, 19 elementary school students and two of their teachers were killed yesterday by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas. This heartbreaking tragedy follows another mass shooting that occurred less than two weeks ago in Buffalo, New York, by a self-avowed white supremacist who targeted the Black community. 

As President Joe Biden declared last night, the epidemic of gun violence is a crisis that must be confronted immediately. Our own Bay Area community is not immune to the suffering caused by this public health crisis. We experience its effects every day.

In light of these recent tragedies, UCSF researchers and clinicians will hold a town hall to discuss the work we are doing to address the traumatic health consequences of gun violence, which disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable communities. More information on this town hall will be shared with the UCSF community soon.

On June 3, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we will have additional opportunities to focus on education and advocacy for common-sense public safety laws that can reduce gun violence and save lives. Our colleagues at ZSFG have shared ways to demonstrate solidarity via the Wear Orange movement June 3-5 and the Wear Orange Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on June 4.

In the meantime, please make use of UCSF services if you need support or know someone who does:

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May 17, 2022
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and on campus. While we have not seen an increase in on-site transmission at UCSF, we are seeing a steep rise in community transmission in several Bay Area counties, including San Francisco.

As a reminder, we strongly recommend wearing medical-grade (surgical, N95 or KN95) masks in all indoor locations across campus. Masks remain mandatory in all clinical or health care areas where patients are present, on campus shuttles and in elevators.

Because of the increased community transmission of COVID-19 infection, we also strongly encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoor settings like grocery stores, restaurants, and other crowded places.

We will continue to track the latest developments and are prepared to return to mandatory masking in all indoors settings at UCSF when necessary, in alignment with guidance and recommendations from public health officials.

In the meantime, please be vigilant about taking all precautions to reduce transmission of the virus: wash your hands frequently, avoid crowded indoor places, and get a booster shot if you are eligible. In addition, you are required to take the following steps to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • Complete the Daily Health Screener before coming to any UCSF location
  • Report positive cases through the screener
  • In case of a positive test result, complete the separate contact tracing survey as soon as possible, so that we can take steps to stop further transmission quickly...
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May 16, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

The news of the mass shooting targeting a Black community in Buffalo, New York, this past weekend reminds us of the urgency behind the ongoing need to confront racism. My heart breaks for the victims, their families and friends, the entire Buffalo community, and all those who have been touched by this senseless violence.

An unremarkable Saturday at a grocery store turned tragic as 10 people were killed and three more were wounded by a white supremacist who had previously written about his racist views, then planned and carried out mass murder fueled by hate and amplified with gun violence.

This incident echoes too many prior tragedies in which innocent people were targeted for no more than the color of their skin, sexual orientation or identity, political views, or religion. If you would benefit from UCSF’s support services, please avail yourself of these resources for students, faculty, and staff:

Despite how challenging it can be in moments like these, it is important to reinforce our resolve in our own communities, including our UCSF community, to confront racism and bias in all of their forms. In the days ahead, let’s look out for one another and offer each other the support we need.

Sincerely,

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

April 8, 2022
Advocacy
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Yesterday, we witnessed history: The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in our nation since it first assembled in 1790.

Judge Jackson will be the 116th justice to serve on the Supreme Court when she replaces retiring Justice Stephen Breyer at the end of the court’s session this summer.

As we followed, perhaps anxiously, her nomination hearings, we saw the boundaries of what is possible redefined. Judge Jackson’s confirmation gives us all, but especially Black women and girls, a new vision of limitless professional possibility. This vision—this hope—is why diverse representation is essential. Today, as I reflect on this moment, I feel a sense of pride and joy.

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), Black women represent only 4.7 percent of all lawyers nationwide. And just 70 Black women have ever served as a federal judge. These numbers highlight that we still have much work ahead of us to achieve diversity and equity. However, as we work to make UCSF a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, Judge Jackson’s confirmation reminds us that we can make change. So today, let us rejoice in this historic moment. 

Sincerely,

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer

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April 4, 2022
Community

Dear UCSF Community,

Once again, we mourn the lives lost and those injured in another mass shooting, this time early Sunday morning in Sacramento.

As our colleagues at UC Davis Health provide care to many of the shooting victims, this incident reminds us of the ongoing epidemic of gun violence. Our society must do more to address this public health crisis.

This news comes as the war in Ukraine enters its sixth week, with new reports over the weekend of atrocities targeting civilians.

The weight of these horrendous events can feel overwhelming. If you need support, I encourage you to seek UCSF’s resources for students, faculty, and staff:

Especially during times like these, let’s show each other kindness and compassion, embodying our PRIDE Values, both on campus and in our communities.

Sincerely,

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

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