Since the 2016 federal election, the Office of Diversity and Outreach has received requests for resources, information, and guidance. This page is intended to serve as central location for internal—UC and UCSF—news stories and links to relevant content. There are many external sources of information and we have linked to a few of these. If you have any additional information, please email us diversityoutreach@ucsf.edu.


UC President Janet Napolitano and CA Governor Jerry Brown seated on a panel.University of California Statement on Presidential Election Results

Please see the message below from President Janet Napolitano, myself and the other Chancellors of the University of California regarding the Presidential election results. We are sharing this with the UCSF community on behalf of President Napolitano... More »

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
UCSF Chancellor

Read more Nov. 9
UCSF School of Medicine Vice Dean for Education, Catherine Lucey, MDUCSF School of Medicine Organizes Post-election Town Hall

UCSF School of Medicine Vice Dean for Education, Catherine Lucey, MD organized a town hall held the night after the election. Vice Dean Lucey and other Medical Education deans attended. The Medical Student Well-Being team provided a resource sheet for self-care.

Nov. 9
UCSF Graduate Division logoUCSF Graduate Division Publishes Post-Election Events Tracker

Entities around UCSF are hosting the following post-election events. We will add to this list as we learn about additional events...

Read more Nov. 10
A Petition to Make the University of California, San Francisco a Sanctuary Campus

Following the election of Donald Trump as President-Elect of the United States, we faculty, staff, students and student organizations, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni of the University of California, San Francisco request that university administration urgently and immediately begin the process of making our campus a formal sanctuary for the undocumented immigrants that are a part of the UCSF community.

We want public declaration of the university's avowed support for the protection of undocumented immigrants on all UCSF campuses and sites...

Read more Nov. 14
Undocumented Students Support Services logo featuring a Monarch butterflyUCSF Undocumented Student Support Services Launches Post-election Information Resource

Recognizing the emotional toll of the election results and the impact on your safety and that of your families, UCSF Undocumented Students Support Services proudly stands in solidarity.

Advocates from UCOP Undocumented Student Coordinators and UC Legal Services are convening to identify a plan of action and support. We are collectively committed to supporting you during this...

Read more Nov. 15
SACNAS group photoPost Elections Gathering: Sponsored by S4D and SACNAS at UCSF

In a continued effort to provide support, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and Scientists 4 Diversity (S4D) hosted an open forum Wednesday, Nov 16 and invited other Registered Campus Organizations (RCO) and URMs [underrepresented minorities] to come and share suggestions for how UCSF can make an impact post-election.

Read more Nov. 16
UCSF Chancellor Sam HawgoodChancellor Issues Message Denouncing Actions of Prejudice and Intimidation

In the past week, several members of our community 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 well-being of humanity and our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence... More »

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
UCSF Chancellor

Read more Nov. 21
UC medical student Jirayut 'New' Latthivongskorn checking his notes.UC Faculty Statement of Support for UC Dream Scholars

We recently have witnessed an increase in acts of hate and intimidation on college campuses and elsewhere, especially against members of immigrant communities. As UC faculty, we feel compelled to reaffirm our deep and abiding commitment to the education of all our students.

As a UC faculty member, express your strong and unwavering support for Dream Scholars and students from mixed immigration status families on our campuses by signing our statement of support...

Read more Nov. 27
Three logos: U.C., C.S.U., and California Community CollegesCalifornia's University Leaders Urge Trump to Embrace Students Who Are in the U.S. Illegally.

Leaders of California's three systems of public higher education sent a joint letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday urging him to allow students who are in the country illegally to continue their educations without fear of deportation.

The California entreaty comes after more than 300 college presidents signed an open letter to the country's leaders pushing for DACA to be continued...

Read more Nov. 29
UC President Janet Napolitano seated at a desk.UC President Janet Napolitano: The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA

Today, there are nearly three-quarters of a million Dreamers who no longer have to constantly fear an encounter with an immigration enforcement agent. Instead, they can live, study and work freely. Many are now studying at the system I lead, the University of California.

As secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, I changed enforcement policies to focus on immigrants who posed a national security or public safety threat, such as gang members and violent felons, and not on veterans, nursing mothers and those with longstanding ties to their communities...

Read more Nov. 30
University of California logoUniversity of California Releases Principles in Support of UC community Members.

The University of California has announced that it will vigorously protect the privacy and civil rights of the undocumented members of the UC community.

The University issued its Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community after UC President Janet Napolitano met earlier today with UC staff coordinators who support undocumented students at all 10 UC campuses...

Read more Nov. 30
Wide shot of hundreds of students traversing the campus between classes.UC President Janet Napolitano: What President Trump can do for young immigrants

Campaign statements have cast doubt on what lies ahead for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In my view, there should be no doubt about why we must continue this program and allow these students known as Dreamers to continue living productively in the United States...

Read more Jan. 24
UC President Janet Napolitano and CA Governor Jerry Brown seated on a panel.Guidance for the UC community on the executive order affecting visa processes and entry into the United States

The University of California on Jan. 28 issued the following guidance to students, faculty, staff and other members of the UC community about President Trump's executive order restricting entry into the United States:

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals from seven countries...

Read more Jan. 28
UCSF Chancellor Sam HawgoodChancellor Sam Hawgood: Guidance Regarding the President's Executive Order on Immigration

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I write to inform you that UCSF leadership is actively engaged with the UC Office of the President to comprehend the implications of President Trump's executive order on immigration and determine all options available to protect the well-being of every member of our community. I also want to immediately distribute to you the following communication that we received this morning from the Office of UC President Janet Napolitano...

Read more Jan. 28
University of California logoUC statement on President Trump's executive order

President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (Jan. 29) issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States. While maintaining the security of the nation's visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear...

Read more Jan. 29
UCSF Chancellor Sam HawgoodUpdates regarding President’s Executive Order on Immigration

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Since the announcement of the executive order last Friday, my leadership team has been working continuously to gain clarity on the concrete implications of the policy as well as to provide answers to the many questions and concerns that this action has raised among members of the UCSF community... More »

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
UCSF Chancellor

Read more Jan. 28
EVC Dan LowensteinEVCP Response to Post-election Events

On January 21, in a historic response to what was expected from the new administration, millions of people around the world peacefully took to the streets to express their outrage.

Then, on January 27, 2017, the news brought us the signing of an executive order on border security and immigration that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals from seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen....

Read more Feb. 1
UC President Janet NapolitanoUC President Janet Napolitano blasts Trump immigration crackdown as a backward step.

University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted the Trump administration's immigration crackdown on Wednesday, calling it a step backward that would make communities less safe.

"My experience as secretary of Homeland Security and governor of Arizona showed clearly that the lack of priorities undermines effective immigrant enforcement and makes our communities less safe."

Read more Feb. 22
University of California logoStatement in support of transgender members of the UC community

The University of California, in accordance with state law and in keeping with its own principles of nondiscrimination, will continue to ensure that its transgender students, faculty and staff have unrestricted access to restrooms that conform to their gender identities. We are heartened to hear that protecting all students, including those in the LGBTQ community, remains a stated priority for the Department of Education.

Read more Feb. 23
University of California logoUCSF issues guidance on the new executive order restricting travel to the U.S.

The Trump Administration’s new executive order banning citizens of six nations from entering the United States is anathema to advancing knowledge and international cooperation. While the new order appears less restrictive than the one it replaced, UC remains deeply concerned that the new order, once it goes into effect on March 16, will still have a very serious effect on those who seek to study, train, research and teach at UC and universities across the country, to the detriment of the UC community and the country as a whole.

To keep members of the UC community informed about the new executive order, we have issued preliminary guidance that can be found below.

Read more Mar. 6
UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein, MDUCSF Responds to New Immigration Actions

As you know, President Trump signed a new immigration Executive Order yesterday that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. While this order has been revised from the one issued in January, we remain opposed to such bans because they impinge on the free flow of knowledge and information, which is core to UCSF’s mission. We remain deeply concerned about the impact of this immigration policy on our faculty, students, trainees, and staff – and on their families...

Read more Mar. 7
University of California logoUC Issues FAQ About Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property

The University of California has issued the following FAQ for members of the University of California community who are concerned about immigration enforcement actions occurring across the country and have asked about the possibility that enforcement actions could occur at UC.

This document responds to frequently asked questions and provides information about how to respond in such a situation.

Read more Mar. 20
Stand Up for Science collaboration logos.“Stand Up for Science” Teach-In and Rally

“Stand Up for Science” in solidarity with other members of the academic and scientific communities with a teach-in and rally on the morning of Saturday, April 22.

The teach-in will feature a moderated panel of UCSF faculty members who, during their careers, have pursued research that has clashed with political sentiments.

Immediately after the teach-in, join the Bay Area life sciences community at the “Stand Up For Science” Rally, led by Chancellor Sam Hawgood, Gladstone Institutes President R. Sanders Williams, and other local leaders as we speakout out for our shared values of diversity and inclusion in advancing scientific discovery.

Read more Apr. 22
University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a statement about President Trump's proposed fiscal budget.President Napolitano Responds to President Trump's proposed 2018 budget

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following statement on President Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 budget:

While many voices have been raised against President Trump's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, I would like to concentrate on what such drastic cuts in federal support would mean for the University of California and public higher education throughout the country.

As president of the nation’s largest public research university, I urge Congress to immediately begin work on a revised budget proposal...

Read more May 23
DAPA-DACA protesters at teh U.S. Supreme COurt, January 2016.DACA remains standing, reversing Trump’s promise to deport young immigrants.

Exactly five years after the Obama administration implemented the historic “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program (DACA) that granted deportation relief to nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, the Trump Administration late Thursday — in an apparent change of heart — announced it will keep the program, marking a significant victory for “Dreamers” nationwide.

Also in Thursday’s action, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly revoked the memo creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA). The never-implemented program was created by President Barack Obama in 2014 to protect people living in the United States illegally who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents. They would have been kept safe from deportation and provided with renewable work permits, but the program was blocked by a federal judge in Texas after 26 states sued.

A fact sheet posted on the department’s website says immigrants enrolled in the 2012 DACA program “will continue to be eligible” to renew every two years and notes that “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”

Read more Jun. 15
University of California logoUpdated guidance on executive order restricting travel and entry into the United States by individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The US Supreme Court has agreed to consider the validity of Executive Order No. 13780, the travel ban previously blocked by multiple lower courts. Agreeing to hear arguments during its October 2017 term, the Supreme Court upheld lower court stays of the Executive Order in part, with respect to foreign nationals from the six designated countries who “have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The University cannot be certain how the federal government will interpret and implement the Supreme Court’s order. However, from the University’s perspective there is a strong argument that current students; current employees; people who have accepted admission or employment offers by the University but have not yet started; people who have been offered admission or employment by the University through ordinary University procedures; and even people who have applied to the University for admission or employment through ordinary University procedures all have a “bona fide relationship” with the University.

The court also partially lifted the lower court stays, permitting the entry ban to go into effect as to foreign nationals “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Read more Jun. 27
UC President Janet NapolitanoLetter from UC President Janet Napolitano on the violence in Charlottesville

To the University of California Community:

Over the weekend, our country experienced violent and tragic events on the streets of Charlottesville, VA. As the leader of the University of California, an institution dedicated to the vibrant and respectful exchange of ideas, I write to you today to condemn these hateful actions by white supremacists and to reaffirm UC’s values of diversity and inclusion...

Read more Aug. 14
Renee Navarro and Sam HawgoodThe Power of Community in the Wake of Violence

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Renée Navarro, Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach issued this statement of solidarity with all throughout our country who are committed to achieving a society free of racism, bigotry, and hatred.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

The incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has once again focused our country on the reckless actions of those who seek to inflict hatred, intolerance, and violence in our communities and on our college campuses. UCSF absolutely and unequivocally condemns these actions and stands firmly in support of the values that are deeply ingrained within the University of California – diversity, respect, and inclusion...

Read more Aug. 15
UCSF Chancellor Sam HawgoodA Commitment to Our Values

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood's statement regarding events planned for August 25, 26, and 27, 2017:

Over the next several days, tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies and demonstrations in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, many of us are concerned about the unpredictable nature of these events and what might unfold.

As a public university, UCSF defends the constitutional right of free speech. However, we condemn any action that threatens or intimidates people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability, age, or other characteristic...

Read more Aug. 25
UC President Janet NapolitanoUC President Janet Napolitano blasts idea of ending DACA

University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted the idea of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Thursday afternoon.

“Throwing them all into a life of uncertainty is just wrong,” she said during a question-and-answer session after delivering a keynote address at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco...

Read more Aug. 31
UC President Janet NapolitanoUC President Napolitano denounces decision to end DACA, calls on Congress to make protections permanent

“I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s decision to effectively end the DACA program and uproot the lives of an estimated 800,000 Dreamers across the nation. This backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country’s brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California.

“I call upon the U.S. Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution for these young people — one that charts a secure pathway toward citizenship and allows these Dreamers to continue to live, work and serve the only country most of them know as home...

Read more Sept. 5
UCSF Chancellor Sam HawgoodDefending DACA

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are extremely disappointed by President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, thereby denying an estimated 800,000 young people – including students at UCSF – temporary reprieve to work and study legally in the United States without fear of deportation.

In a statement released today, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano said she is deeply troubled by the decision and called upon Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation to “provide a permanent solution for these young people.” She stressed that UC will continue to provide support services to undocumented students and is immediately directing her advisory committee on undocumented students “to determine how best to support and protect University of California students who rely on DACA over the next six months and beyond.”

Read more Sept. 5
Defending DACA town hall panelUCSF Pledges Continued Support for DACA Students, Staff During Town Hall

In opening remarks for the Defending DACA forum, Renee Navarro, MD, vice chancellor of Diversity and Outreach, said, “It’s now more important than ever before for us to stand shoulder to shoulder together in defense of the rights of those who are members of the DACA program.”

Watch video of the forum here!

The forum was held to discuss the potential ramifications of changes to the DACA program and to reaffirm support for undocumented students and staff in the UCSF community.

Read more Sept. 7
University of California logoUC sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA.

The University of California today (Sept. 8) filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on "nothing more than unreasoned executive whim."

The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its acting secretary, Elaine Duke, is the first to be filed by a university seeking to stop the Trump administration's recently announced decision to end the DACA program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented young people to legally live, work and study in the United States.

Read more Sept. 8
Forth year medical student Jirayut LatthivongskornDreamers Sue to Block Repeal of DACA.

Six recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – a remarkable group of plaintiffs who embody the American Dream and the powerful stories of nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” across the country – filed suit in federal court today to block the Trump Administration from ending the program.

The “Dreamers case” is the first lawsuit from DACA beneficiaries, each of whom would face potentially devastating consequences from the termination of DACA.

Read more Sept. 18