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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.

December 1, 2015
Community

Dear Colleagues,

Making UCSF a great place to work is the purpose of UCSF’s Staff Engagement Survey. Conducted by Gallup in May of this year, the survey is a means to gather your feedback toward advancing this goal.

As I announced in July, UCSF’s overall engagement score increased .26 over the four surveys completed since 2011. All managers and staff are key to sustaining the strengths of their departments and addressing local challenges. To learn more, see Learning and Organization Development’s survey resources.

I have reviewed the results of the 2015 survey in detail with my Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet, including your responses to the question “What could UCSF do to make this an even better place to work?”

We identified several significant themes:

  • Continuing to enhance leadership and peer engagement actions in areas such as communication, teamwork, recognition, and continuous learning.
  • Challenges of living and commuting in the Bay Area, UCSF facilities, and work schedules.
  • Work resources, such as processes, systems, and budgets.

Your feedback is important, and the following UCSF-wide activities support our engagement objectives in response to your comments:

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July 15, 2015
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the outcome of the 2015 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score rose modestly from 3.81 to 3.86 points on a five-point scale, and over the four annual surveys completed since 2011, we have had an increase of .26. While this constitutes a meaningful increase and could indicate a higher sense of engagement, I encourage all of us to use this information as the impetus for further significant progress.

We all have a role to play in this critical effort. Survey results show that units that work on action plans as a team have significantly higher engagement. Each of us can participate in important ways:

  • Contribute to your unit’s action planning activities. You can expect to hear your unit’s specific results in the coming weeks.
  • Share your ideas with your managers and peers in support of actions to promote engagement in your unit.
  • Collaborate with your colleagues and look for opportunities to integrate engagement into daily work.

Together we make UCSF a great place to work and also ensure that UCSF continues to position itself as a leader in research, education, and patient care. I join you in sharing the responsibility for fostering engagement and am deeply grateful for all you do for UCSF.

Sincerely,

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

April 30, 2015
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

The #WhiteCoats4BlackLives movement, started by our students last December, catalyzed an important and ongoing discussion about violence, social injustice, and inequities that are prevalent in our society and focused us on the work we must do within on our own campus to become a truly inclusive community. The recent tragic events in Baltimore underscore the work that still must be done as a nation to address these critical issues of social justice and equity.

I recognize the broad range of emotions these events continue to trigger in our own community and hope that, city by city, we will work together to find peaceful solutions, so that we can heal and grow stronger, both as a nation, and locally, as a university.

Our community continues to strive toward diversity and inclusion in multiple ways.

  • I have identified five pillars as a roadmap for the future of UCSF that will receive the university’s attention and resources over the next three to five years. One of these pillars focuses solely on diversity and inclusion.
  • Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach Renee Navarro and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) Daniel Lowenstein as well as our five deans will lead the important work that needs to be done to foster diversity and inclusion throughout UCSF.
  • We will continue our research on measuring, documenting, understanding and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health that exist overwhelmingly in communities of color.

On behalf of UCSF leadership, I assure you that we are...

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February 26, 2015
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing with an update regarding the progress of the campus-wide exercise that the UCSF community completed in late 2013 and early 2014 – the UCSF2025 online game and subsequent workshops. These efforts, to generate big ideas for the future of UCSF, engaged a diverse and large proportion of our community, and many of you have asked what the follow-up has been thus far. The following provides a status of the overall UCSF 2.0 initiative.

Our current aim is to define strategic priorities for the future of UCSF, focusing on the three-year timeframe of 2015-18. To accomplish this, we will build on efforts undertaken by the schools, departments, and health system. Since the 2011 strategic plan, a number of inclusive forums have helped set the foundation for major themes. The goal for this next phase is to build upon these efforts and advance the broader concepts that emerged from the UCSF 2.0 initiative into strategic directions and actionable priorities that can then help guide programmatic planning decisions at the school and department levels.

Workgroups composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives are currently being formed to develop specific objectives and identify potential initiatives for the following themes:

  • Transformative Partnerships to Advance Health
  • Culture for Innovation
  • Climate of Inclusion
  • Destination for Continual Learning
  • Bringing Precision to...
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January 15, 2015
Community

Dear Colleagues,

Last month our medical students started a national movement called #whitecoats4blacklives in response to events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. They were able to connect with students across the country to bring attention to issues of race in medicine and health care disparities among underserved populations. More than 80 schools and thousands of students, faculty, trainees, and staff participated in December’s white coat “die-in.”

Their courage in standing up for social justice has resonated throughout UCSF. The most profound example is the School of Medicine’s decision to change the topic of its leadership retreat to issues of race and racism in higher education and in health care. At times it was an uncomfortable conversation, but it was an important discussion to have.

As we look forward to “life after the die-in,” we want to continue the momentum started by our students and focus on making UCSF an even more inclusive place. While we may have a long way to go, we have some great minds working on tangible solutions. We’ll tell you more as initiatives are finalized, but I want to leave you with this article that describes how we have responded to our students’ concerns so far and some of the things in progress.

I urge you to read the story at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/01/122666/life-after-‘die-in’ and strengthen our commitment to diversity.

Sincerely,

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

December 9, 2014
Community

UCSF Student Learners, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members,

The recent events in Ferguson and New York City have brought national attention to long-felt issues surrounding systemic inequalities that disproportionally impact underrepresented minorities, particularly Black men. We extend our condolences to the families of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, and those touched by these incidents. Our nation has witnessed a response, which has brought together communities of color and allies, many who have engaged in peaceful protests and non-violent demonstrations. Inherent in the tenants of our values, UCSF and the Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO) know that “Black Lives Matter”. As a public institution, we work tirelessly to address health disparities and promote social justice in our work as learners, educators, clinicians, and researchers.

On behalf of the UCSF leadership, I want to acknowledge how proud we are of our UCSF Community for living these values, and we want to commend our student leaders who have organized and engaged in peaceful demonstrations that acknowledge the relation of racism and violence to health, as awareness is the first step towards change. The Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Committee, The Office of Diversity and Outreach, the Multicultural Resource Center, and countless campus partners are working together to implement effective strategies to address unconscious bias, increase cultural competencies, and engage in socially just practices. The wisdom of Dr. King reminds us that as human beings, our freedom is inextricably bound together. All lives matter, and our UCSF community stands united in this journey.

In Solidarity,

J. Renee Navarro,...

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November 2, 2014
Community

Dear UCSF Community:

Every October the University of California joins the nation to recognize Mental Health Awareness. This year, UCSF's Student Health & Counseling Services is proud to launch “Mental Health Matters.” This is an awareness campaign to emphasize to our students – the future of patient care, education, and scientific research – that taking care of their mental health is a key component to being successful. It also reflects the University’s ongoing efforts to encourage faculty, staff, students, and trainees to take care of their mental health and to reduce mental health stigma.

Visit the “Mental Health Matters” campaign website https://studenthealth.ucsf.edu/MentalHealthAwareness2014 to learn about how I and other campus leaders answer the basic question, “How do you take care of your mental health?” The aims are to: 1) reduce stigma regarding mental health, 2) normalize seeking help and self-care, and 3) demonstrate that role models and mentors manage their emotional health and recognize the significant impact it has on their success.

Please join us in promoting a culture at UCSF in which addressing mental health needs is a normalized part of attaining personal success for all members of the UCSF community.

Sincerely,

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

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July 20, 2014
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

UCSF’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition Program (STAR) Program is an opportunity to recognize and reward exceptional work that helps UCSF successfully meet our common objectives. This program furthers UCSF’s Strategic Plan and, ultimately, our vision to advance health worldwide. While our goals are challenging, success in achieving them will have a dramatic impact on our ability to sustain the excellence of UCSF.

Due to the concerted efforts of many people across UCSF, several initiatives linked to the STAR FY14 department goals were accomplished that support our collective success. I appreciate the intensity of the work that many faculty and staff have invested, recognizing the extra determination to get the job done.

2014–15 STAR program

The STAR program will continue in fiscal year 2014–15. Similar to last year, there is the potential to provide cash awards for non-represented staff employees who demonstrate significant achievements and contributions in support of targeted strategic objectives.

This fiscal year we will continue with a goal in support of employee engagement, and each organization will institute one additional goal directly linked to the advancement of UCSF’s Strategic Plan. Supervisors will share details of this program in the coming weeks with employees providing information on how to participate. In July 2015, the UCSF leadership team will assess accomplishments against those goals and consider recognition awards up to $2,000 for MSP job levels and $800 for PSS job levels.

It is important to share upfront that the UC Office of the President retains the authority to discontinue this plan at any time. A decision to...

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July 16, 2014
Community

Dear Colleagues:

I am honored to have been appointed today by the UC Board of Regents as the tenth chancellor of UC San Francisco. It is a privilege to have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead one of the premier health sciences universities in the world. I believe deeply in UCSF’s public mission and our collective ability to transform health through research, education and patient care.

Over the past 32 years, I have had the honor of serving UCSF in a variety of ways, starting as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. There, I learned the critical role of the basic, curiosity-driven research that is the foundational strength of UCSF.

Early in my career, I also benefited from UCSF’s unusually collaborative and mutually supportive culture, an environment that demands excellence, but is also warm and supportive, with teachers and mentors who are equally as eager to see their students and colleagues succeed as they are to contribute. I am proud that this remains the culture of UCSF today.

I also have had the great fortune, as a clinician, to practice in UCSF’s neonatal intensive care unit. There, I was reminded daily of the nobility of our mission to improve the health and lives of the people we are privileged to serve, and to train the next generation.

These years have been an extraordinary experience and have instilled a deep respect for the core values that drive us at UCSF. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Toland Medical College, I am acutely aware of the rapid changes underway in all aspects of our work. UCSF has a well-deserved reputation for leading change. Now more than ever, we must nurture this...

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July 10, 2014
Community
Emergency
UC System

Dear UC San Francisco Community:

Earlier this year, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. While UC San Francisco (UCSF) recognizes the severity of the situation, we already have taken actions that resulted in an actual reduction in our water use from 1990 to 2013, even as square footage increased by 74.7 percent over that period.

Despite this commendable record, more is needed. I am writing today to inform you of the measures the campus is adopting as well as describe the individual actions you also can take to address the current crisis.

Current campus water-saving measures

In January, President Janet Napolitano issued her goal to have individual campuses and the system as a whole reduce consumption of potable water by 20 percent by 2020. UCSF committed to six strategic actions and has just completed its first Water Action Plan that outlines actions toward achieving this objective. These strategies include infrastructure and large equipment upgrades and retrofits. More information about the action items is available at Office of Sustainability–LivingGreen.

However, as stated, the Governor asks the state to reduce water consumption by 20 percent this year. We only can accomplish this through your immediate help in reducing our daily water usage.

How you can HELP:

Join your colleagues across the campus community in saving water in several ways:

· Workers and lab managers should have their labs and offices Living Green Certified as soon as possible to focus on water and energy saving strategies. Whenever possible, use less deionized, distilled or reverse-...

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