In 2020, the UCSF Graduate Division Dean's Office received two petitions from graduate students urging leadership to take action against racism and police brutality.
View the timeline of leadership response.
Racism is devastating to us as individuals and to all of us as a society. It results in limited educational opportunities, increased rates of poverty, poor health outcomes – and death.
— Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD
As an organization dedicated to improving health, UCSF must work to dismantle structural racism and the impact of bias. We must build and nurture diverse health care and science leaders, provide the highest quality of care to all of our patients, and live the full meaning of our principles of community and PRIDE Values. To achieve a community defined by these values, we have launched the UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative, partnering with leaders across campus and UCSF Health.
The list below represents the first of the efforts underway. Updates and new efforts will be added as they develop.
UCSF Safety Task Force
- The UCSF Safety Task Force is charged with recommending ways to ensure that UCSF's policing and security protocols serve our community without discrimination, bias, or unnecessary use of force, and create a safe and welcoming environment for all.
- Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein and Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro are co-chairing the task force.
- Read the Task Force's First Report of Recommendations (October 2020) and more about it at UCSF News.
- Learn more about the Task Force and its members. Note: You must be logged into MyAccess to see the document.
UCSF-Wide Education and Training
- UCSF has launched a Foundational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training for all faculty, staff, and learners. Learn more about the training and other educational opportunities.
- The Differences Matter Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training has been expanded to include faculty and staff from across campus and UCSF Health.
- The Office of Diversity and Outreach and Multicultural Resource Center have launched anti-racism education sessions with Dante King and provide anti-racism resources and racial healing resources for self-guided learning.
- The Chancellor's Cabinet is committed to its own ongoing education in anti-racism and is developing its own development and training plan. In support of this effort, Chancellor Sam Hawgood interviewed Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, a leader in public health and civil rights law, about racial disparities in health care.
- Watch the recorded webinar.
- The four professional schools, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Graduate Division, and the Institute for Global Health Sciences are in the process of adding required coursework that ranges from anti-racism and its consequences in science and health care to the social determinants of health to DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) leadership and beyond.
- Read about anti-racism classes and work in the Graduate Division.
- Learn about the School of Dentistry's efforts and action plan.
- Read about School of Medicine - Differences Matter initiative for curriculum and other anti-racism work.
Advancing Excellence in Staff Recruitment
- UCSF Human Resources, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Outreach, will implement a UCSF-wide process improvement to disrupt the unconscious bias present in our hiring and promotions processes. This includes data-driven practices and standard work for senior staff and leadership positions (M3 and above). This is analogous to the Faculty Equity Advisor Program, incorporating Staff Equity Advisors and the requirement for Contributions to Diversity statements in recruitment.
- UCSF leadership has formalized the guideline that all committees appointed by the Chancellor or members of the Chancellor's Cabinet should be comprised of 50% women and underrepresented minorities (URM).
Anti-Racism Communication and Accountability
- The Office of Diversity and Outreach has begun publishing ‘Matter’ Is the Minimum, a newsletter dedicated to confronting anti-Black racism. Subscribe here.
- The Office of Diversity and Outreach and leaders across UCSF are holding ongoing conversations with constituents, including the UCSF Black Caucus, IDEA, and HEAL UCSF.
- UCSF leaders have launched a series of quarterly town halls focused on achievements and next steps in the UCSF plan to dismantle systemic racism and combat anti-Blackness across the enterprise. Watch: