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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.

August 8, 2022
Leadership
People

Dear UCSF Community,

We are delighted to announce that Kendra Hypolite, MSW, LSW, joins UCSF today as the inaugural CARE Advocate for Racial Justice. Kendra will serve as Co-Director with Denise Caramagno, MA, LMFT, who has led the UCSF Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) program since its inception in 2015.

In this newly appointed position, Kendra will provide confidential support, assistance, and advocacy on behalf of UCSF community members who are experiencing discrimination based on their race, ethnicity and/or national origin, and other protected categories. CARE Advocacy includes assistance in coordinating services on behalf of the survivor in all areas, including Student Services, Faculty and Staff Assistance, UCSF Police, coordination of legal advocacy and medical advocacy, and other assistance and services.

The UC CARE Advocate program was originally established in 2014 by former UC President Janet Napolitano with the goal of helping survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. UCSF is the first UC campus to expand the program by hiring a CARE Advocate dedicated to providing confidential support to members of our community who have experienced racial/ethnic harassment or discrimination. This new role was developed as part of the UCSF Anti-racism Initiative, and Kendra’s arrival marks a significant milestone on our path to becoming a more safe, welcoming, and inclusive...

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July 22, 2022
Community
People
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are writing to share a brief summary of results from the 2022 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey conducted this past spring and convey our gratitude to all of the staff employees who participated. The staff engagement survey matters because it helps us understand workplace experiences and gauge progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work. We also invite you to join UCSF leadership for the 2022 Staff Engagement Results Town Hall on July 28.

We achieved 69 percent participation, compared to 67 percent participation in 2021, across the UCSF campus, including UCSF Fresno, UCSF Health West Bay, and Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Our engagement grand mean score, on a five-point scale, decreased slightly by .02 to 3.92 in 2022, while our belonging index score increased slightly by .02 to 3.82.

With over two years of living and working through the COVID-19 pandemic, we will learn from the important data provided by the staff engagement survey about our progress on engagement as well as the challenges faced by our staff teammates. The gap in engagement between different populations remains significant and an important area of focus across UCSF.

Staff remain steadfast in their strong connection to the UCSF mission and their dedication to quality work. Additionally, as in years past, teams at UCSF that used survey results to address areas of opportunity showed strong improvement in engagement and higher overall satisfaction.

Highly engaged staff correlate to positive improvements in all areas of an organization. We are making headway and know...

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July 20, 2022
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

I write to announce that Dan Lowenstein, who has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) since 2015, will step down from that post at the end of the year. I also am pleased to share that he will continue to teach and conduct research at UCSF.

During his tenure as EVCP, Dan has been a reliably enthusiastic and empathetic voice in town halls and through his Expresso newsletter, guiding and comforting our campus community through turbulent times. I am deeply grateful to Dan for his partnership, dedication to our mission, and commitment to social justice issues as well as to the health, wellbeing, and diversity of our campus community.

Dan’s legacy of leadership includes spearheading plans for the transformation of our Parnassus Heights campus, where he first set foot as a resident physician in 1983. Throughout his tenure, Dan has exemplified our PRIDE Values, and I am honored to have served alongside him. You can read more about Dan in this UCSF.edu story.

We are beginning the search for our next EVCP immediately. I will chair the search committee, looking to draw a diverse candidate pool from within our own talented faculty or those who have had significant prior experience at UCSF. The position has been posted for internal and...

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July 7, 2022
Leadership

Dear UCSF Community,

I am delighted to announce that Erin Hickey has been named Vice Chancellor for University Development and Alumni Relations.

During her 20-year fundraising career, Erin has secured millions of dollars in commitments from some of the nation’s top donors in philanthropy and was part of the team that raised $6.2 billion during UCSF: The Campaign – the largest capital campaign in UCSF’s history.

With a passion and commitment for UCSF’s public mission, Erin is well positioned to lead fundraising efforts to support our highest priorities – the transformation of our Parnassus Heights campus and the rebuild of the Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

Please join me in congratulating Erin on this well-deserved appointment. You can read more about her story on UCSF.edu.

Sincerely,

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

June 24, 2022
Advocacy
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that for nearly 50 years has protected the constitutional right to choose an abortion. We are profoundly disappointed over the devastating impact that this decision will have on people’s control over their own bodies and lives.

This verdict will criminalize abortion in many states, reduce access to reproductive health care, and put lives at risk. As expressed by University of California President Michael Drake, today’s decision stands in stark contrast to our belief that every person has a fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their health care.

In light of today’s ruling UCSF’s work in reproductive health care has never been more important. We are proud of, and support, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences’ leadership in these efforts. We remain firmly committed to serving all those who seek our care. We pledge to teach and train the next generation of health care providers, and conduct research that saves and improves lives.

We also will continue to advocate for equitable health care policies, including a focus on underserved communities. This is an unprecedented rollback of a constitutional right that people have relied on for decades, and will make accessing essential, evidence-based care immensely challenging for millions of people. This decision will fall hardest on people who already face structural barriers to care, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color,...

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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 14, 2022
Administrative

Dear UCSF Community:

Every year, we are legally required to post information from the University and the California State Auditor about the California Whistleblower Protection Act. Please read the attached 2022-2023 California State Auditor Annual Notification, California State Auditor Whistleblower Brochure, and the UC 2022-2023 Whistleblower Poster. Department administrators are asked to print and display where other employee notices are posted. Because some employees may not be working on site, these materials are also being sent by email. These postings are available on the UCSF Office of Ethics and Compliance website.

See below for an important message from the University of California, Office of the President. If you have any questions regarding this legal requirement, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Brian Smith
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer/ Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Research
Locally Designated Official

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* Sent on behalf of the University of California Office of the President *

The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. 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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