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 the world a better place for patients, communities and our country. Our hopeful work is done at the bench, at the bedside, at a desk, in a classroom and in the broader community. This hope is in our DNA and it will be transmitted from generation to generation of UCSF people.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr wisely reminded us, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The United States of America has been working towards a culture of opportunity for all for centuries, and toward a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion for decades. As leaders of this institution, we are committed, morally, strategically, and financially to ensure that UCSF leads the way in achieving a culture where differences are celebrated as essential to our strength; where equity is prized as a core value; where inclusion is viewed as the enduring quality of our communities.

Please join senior leaders, faculty experts and colleagues for supportive conversations, community engagement, and wellbeing resources at the following two events:

  • Post-Election Community Discussion: Monday, November 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus, with live stream at Mission Bay, Rock Hall and at this link)
  • UCSF Wellbeing Resources: Thursday, November 17, noon-1 p.m. at Millberry Union on the Parnassus campus.

We also remind you of campus resources that provide professional counseling and other assistance:

We will work tirelessly to advance this critical agenda and hope we can count on your participation.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor

John Featherstone, PhD
Dean, School of Dentistry

B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD
Dean, School of Pharmacy

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor – Medical Affairs

Mark R. Laret
President and Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Health

Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Catherine Lucey, MD
Vice Dean, Education, School of Medicine
Differences Matter Executive Sponsor

J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach

Elizabeth Watkins, PhD
Dean, Graduate Division
Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs

Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Dean, School of Nursing