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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.

October 29, 2018
Community
Emergency

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
Community
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
Community
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
Community

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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May 30, 2018
Administrative
Community
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce June 2018 as UCSF Alumni Month, an opportunity for our community to honor the accomplishments, dedication, and generosity of UCSF’s remarkable alumni.

This month of celebration kicks off tomorrow with UCSF Alumni Weekend and the presentation of the 2018 Campaign Alumni Awards. Twelve award recipients were selected from 125 nominations by a committee of fourteen alumni volunteers. Through the rest of June, join us on social media as we welcome our newest graduates, share alumni stories, and give thanks using #UCSFAlumniMonth.

The generations of professionals who trained here have shaped our institution, and today, UCSF is the largest employer of UCSF alumni. They also are key to a strong future for UCSF through their ongoing support and advocacy.

On behalf of the entire UCSF community, I extend my deepest gratitude to the more than 67,000 alumni who have helped form the character of the university and who share UCSF’s knowledge and values with the world.

To learn more about our outstanding alumni community, please visit the new alumni website at alumni.ucsf.edu.

Thank you for celebrating UCSF Alumni Month with us.

Sincerely,

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

May 9, 2018
Administrative
Community
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community:

This week’s labor strike was a trying time for UCSF. It was difficult for everyone: our patients, those who came to work as usual, those on the picket lines, and those who volunteered after hours.

Our services ran smoothly to the extent possible, and throughout the strike employees across UCSF functioned as a team. In addition, we were able to provide safe, quality care to those with urgent needs that could not be postponed.

Over the next few weeks, UCSF Health will continue to feel the impact of the strike due to the need to accommodate those who had procedures, appointments, and treatments rescheduled.

We acknowledge that as everyone returns to work, there will be differences of opinion and conflicting feelings about the strike. However, we can all unite around our shared missions of patient care, research, and education and values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

Today and every day, we encourage unity and mutual respect. We remain committed with the UC Office of the President as well as other UC campuses and medical centers to finding a resolution to the issues that gave rise to this labor action.

We are grateful for all that you do for UCSF and UCSF Health.

Sincerely,

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

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

December 19, 2017
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As this year ends, I express my heartfelt appreciation for the great work you have done at UCSF on behalf of our students, patients, their families, and community.

This year, thanks to your contributions and support, we accomplished a great deal, as told in UCSF’s year-in-review story. Each feat is a testament to the vision, determination, collaborative spirit, and compassion in our community.

Without a doubt, this has been a year of extreme global challenges. I am proud that our community continues to show that we are resilient, united in our mission to advance health worldwide. I am equally proud that each and every day we aspire to embody our values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

As we usher in a new year, take time to appreciate the strength of our diversity and continue to take actions to ensure that every member of our community feels welcome, included, and supported.

Finally, I encourage you in 2018 to help us solve the most intractable problems in health and human biology as an ambassador for UCSF: The Campaign. Our grand challenges – Decoding Life to Improve Health, Leveraging Discovery to Revolutionize Care, and Partnering to Achieve Health Equity – encompass our collective priorities, define us as a community, and call us to action.

Let us look to the future and move forward together.

I wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season and a happy new year.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS...

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December 19, 2016
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As we reflect on our accomplishments of 2016, I thank you for your contributions to making UC San Francisco a beacon of healing and hope.

We all play a part and can take pride in our mission of advancing health worldwide – whether treating patients, uncovering new scientific knowledge, teaching future life sciences leaders or doing the important work that supports these efforts. UCSF is the leading university it is today because of your dedication and drive.

I invite you to read about some of the highlights of 2016 in UCSF’s Year in Review, which includes an interactive timeline of our milestones. View the stories here: http://tiny.ucsf.edu/yearinreview2016

Looking forward to 2017, we have many opportunities ahead to work together and start afresh with renewed energy, creativity and unity.

Our diverse community of more than 24,000 faculty and staff and 4,800 students and trainees is our greatest strength. I challenge each one of us to harness the power of our differences and live our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence to further enhance our community and to ensure UCSF’s continued success.

Together, with our friends, alumni, benefactors and partners all over the world who propel us forward, we are redefining what’s possible.

My best wishes to you for a happy and healthy new year.

Sincerely,

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

November 20, 2016
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Across America, we have heard of an alarming wave of recent incidents of prejudice against groups and individuals because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other differences, including political beliefs.

In the past week, several members of our community also have reported that they have experienced disturbing and disrespectful incidents here at UCSF.

Let me be clear: Discrimination and harassment have no place at UCSF. My leadership team and I strongly denounce these actions, as they go against our core mission of advancing the health and wellbeing of humanity and our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

Please take a few minutes to watch my short video message. We all have an important role to play in fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion and respect. I urge every member of our community to ensure that we are each actively fulfilling that role.

Sincerely,

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

November 9, 2016
Advocacy
Community

Dear Colleagues:

The results of Tuesday’s election have been met with a range of emotions in our community.

Over the last several days, we—along with the leadership team of the Differences Matter initiative and similar programs across the entire campus—have been hearing from immigrant (including DACA), Muslim, LGBT, and minority learners, as well as faculty, staff and patients. The common theme being expressed is that many people are feeling personally vulnerable because of the rhetoric voiced during the election season.

It is also clear that the process leading up to the election, and the results of the election, have revealed more clearly than ever deep divisions within our country. It is critical that we come together to bridge these gaps in order to function as a healthy society.

To all who are feeling concerned or at risk, we are here for you and intend to fully support you. Our commitment to developing and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion remains steadfast and is reflected in our UCSF PRIDE values.

We are fortunate to be members of an institution that is a beacon of hope for all. Our patients come to us with hope that we can alleviate their suffering. Our students, postdocs, residents and fellows come here with hope that we will help them become outstanding contributors to the world of biomedical science and health care. Our faculty and staff come here with hope that they will be a part of something bigger than their own individual success: the chance to use their creative talents to make...

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