National Events

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

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, MD UCSF 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 logo UCSF 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 butterfly UCSF 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 photo Post 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 Hawgood Chancellor 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 Colleges California'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 logo University 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 Hawgood Chancellor 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 logo UC 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 Hawgood Updates 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...

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
UCSF Chancellor

Read more Jan. 28
EVC Dan Lowenstein EVCP 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 Napolitano UC 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 logo Statement 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 logo UCSF 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, MD UCSF 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 logo UC 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 logo Updated 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 Napolitano Letter 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 Hawgood The 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 Hawgood A 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 Napolitano UC 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 Napolitano UC 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 Hawgood Defending 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 panel UCSF 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 logo UC 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 Latthivongskorn Dreamers 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
Title IX protest UC President Napolitano affirms UC commitment to sexual violence survivors

UC President Napolitano responds the Trump administration's rescission of the 2011 Dear Colleague letter and 2014 Q&A on Sexual Violence. The federal changes will likely impact how schools handle sexual violence cases under Title IX policies.

"I am deeply worried by the Department of Education announcement today that will in effect weaken sexual violence protections, prompt confusion among campuses about how best to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment, and unravel the progress that so many schools have made in ensuring fair, timely procedures for both survivors and the accused..."

Read more Sept. 22
University of California logo UC part of joint legal motion to halt repeal of DACA program.

The University of California, along with other organizations and individuals who have sued the Trump administration over its rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, today (Nov. 1) jointly asked a federal judge to keep the program operating while legal motions proceed.

The joint motion argues that the federal government violated federal procedures, failed to justify its decision and did not undergo the proper notice-and-comment process required to rescind DACA. The motion asks the court to maintain DACA pending a final court ruling.

Read more Nov. 1
University of California logo UC statement on federal court DACA ruling

The University of California is pleased and encouraged that the court has granted an injunction to temporarily stop the Department of Homeland Security's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

This crucial decision allows nearly 800,000 DACA recipients to stay in the United States as lawsuits over the legality of the DACA rescission make their way through the courts. Unfortunately, it does not negate, nor lessen, the urgent need for permanent protection through a legislative solution.

Read more Jan. 9
University of California logo UC urges Congress to pass bipartisan legislation for permanent protection of DACA recipients

Today (March 5) marks the Trump Administration's deadline to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has allowed some 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children to live, work, and study in the United States without fear of deportation. Despite the federal court injunction that has put the rescission on hold, there is still no permanent fix for these Dreamers or others like them, and the fear of deportation continues to loom large.

Read more Mar. 5
University of California logo UC statement regarding Tuesday's federal court ruling on DACA

We are buoyed by the ruling of a third federal judge that the administration broke the law when it tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee seated in Washington, D.C., mirrors the January decision in the University of California's successful suit that unwound the administration's attempt to rescind DACA, and a similar ruling by a court in New York. All three rulings found the rescission of DACA to be "arbitrary and capricious."

Read more Apr. 25
University of California logo Statement of UC President and former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on immigration

The proposals under consideration in Congress fall far short of a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system and, most important, are contrary to our nation's values. The growing humanitarian crisis on our southern border, where children are forcibly separated from their parents, and the fact that hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are being used as pawns in a political debate to build a border wall, are further indication of the urgent need for a real conversation around immigration reform.

Read more Jun. 19
University of California logo UC lawsuit leads to thousands of DACA grant renewals

So far this year, more than 117,000 young immigrants have extended their authorization to legally live and work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the direct result of a federal injunction issued in response to a lawsuit brought by the University of California and other plaintiffs... "Our efforts on behalf of our DACA students and the hundreds of thousands of other DACA recipients throughout the country are far from over," said UC President Janet Napolitano. "But these numbers provide some good news..."

Read more Jul. 6
UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood UCSF Supports the Health of Immigrant Families

As leaders of an organization that is deeply committed to improving the health of our communities and advancing health worldwide, we deplore a proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would change "public charge" policies and greatly expand the conditions under which an immigrant applying for legal permanent residency (a green card) or seeking to immigrate into the U.S. can be denied.

Read more Sept. 28
University of California logo UC Health statement on U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposed rule on public charge

As a consequence of the Department of Homeland Security's proposal to expand the definition to include people on Medicaid who use non-emergency services, some Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for help purchasing their prescription drugs and families in need of CalFresh nutrition benefits, legal immigrants may forgo or delay medical services out of fear that seeking such help could jeopardize their applications to extend their stay, change their status or gain permanent residency. This is not only unjust, but could also create significant public health risks, adversely impact health professionals in the workforce, and increase unreimbursed costs for safety net hospitals.

Read more Oct. 10
Diverse group of hands linked. Tragedy in Pittsburgh

The fabric of our nation has once again been frayed. Today, we struggle to comprehend what one federal law enforcement official called "the most horrific crime scene I have ever seen" – the carnage resulting from a mass shooting at a temple in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania... We grieve for lives lost too soon. We pause in silence to give strength to the brokenhearted. We take a little extra time to tell our friends and colleagues that they are important to us. And we find solace in knowing that all of us, collectively, are committed to lessening the pain and suffering in the world through caring, healing, learning, and discovery.

Read more Oct. 29
University of California logo UC statement on 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on DACA

The University of California applauds today's decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that keeps in place the injunction preventing the Department of Homeland Security from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program... Under the leadership of the UC Board of Regents and UC President Janet Napolitano, and with the pro bono assistance of counsel at Covington & Burling, UC is proud to have taken the lead as the first university to file a lawsuit challenging the government's arbitrary attempt to end DACA.

Read more Nov. 8
University of California logo University of California troubled by proposed changes to sexual harassment rules

University of California's Interim Systemwide Title IX Coordinator Suzanne Taylor issued the following statement following the U.S. Department of Education's announcement of proposed federal changes to Title IX policy.

University of California's Interim Systemwide Title IX Coordinator Suzanne TaylorThe Department of Education's (DE) proposed changes will reverse decades of well-established, hard-won progress toward equity in our nation's schools, unravel critical protections for individuals who experience sexual harassment, and undermine the very procedures designed to ensure fairness and justice...

Read more Nov. 16
Janet Napolitano Janet Napolitano: Don't let the Trump administration undermine Title IX.

The Education Department, in issuing its proposed Title IX regulations, appears to believe our nation's colleges and universities have gone too far in responding to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The department is mistaken. Twenty-seven years ago, I was part of the legal team that supported Anita Hill as she testified before members of a Senate panel, most of whom had never grappled with the concept of sexual harassment before. Today, we understand better how sexual harassment can devastate the educations, careers and lives of those subjected to it.

Read more Dec 4
Al Noor Mosque, Christchurch, New Zealand. Standing in Solidarity Against Hate – New Zealand Tragedy

Once again, we are stunned and saddened by the loss of life and injuries resulting from a targeted act of hatred and gun violence. Late last night, the world learned that 49 people had been confirmed dead and many seriously injured due to a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers. Today, we stand in solidarity and sympathy with the Muslim community, here and elsewhere, and strongly condemn this senseless act of hatred and violence. Every act of hatred is a threat to each one of us and to our communities...

Read more Mar. 15
Protestors march in Time Square. UC statement on Supreme Court review of DACA

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following statement today:

Given the clear national importance of this issue, it is unsurprising that the Supreme Court would grant review. We look forward to presenting our case to the Court and continuing our efforts in Congress to secure a permanent legislative solution for the Dreamers.

As we move forward, UC will continue to provide services and aid to our undocumented students and...

Read more Jun. 28
EVCP Dan Lowenstein speaks to the UC Regents' Committee on Finance. EVCP: Increased ICE Raids & Inhumane Detention.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein's Statement about reports of increased ICE raids and inhumane conditions at the southern U.S. border.

Read more Jul. 1
Sam Hawgood speaks tothe UC Board of Regents. Tragedy in El Paso and Dayton

Just one week ago, we expressed our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Gilroy shooting and their families. We now convey our deepest sympathies to the families and communities whose lives and sense of security have been forever shattered by two more mass shootings within less than 24 hours this past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio...

Read more Aug. 5
Left to right: Same Hawgood, Janet Napolitano, and Dan Lowenstein UC statement on final rule regarding "public charge"

Today's decision by the Trump administration to expand the definition of "public charge" sends a detrimental message internationally — that the United States does not want other countries to send their best and brightest here to study and add to the intellectual exchange at our universities, to conduct important research, and to contribute substantially to our economy, among other things...

Read more Aug. 12
Isabel Bueso Possible Deportation of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Patient

As you likely have heard, the government recently issued a change to a federal immigration policy that puts in jeopardy the life of one our patients and others across the United States. The outcry from the public prompted the federal administration to delay action on this policy. The decision does not address long-term implications for our patient, Isabel Bueso, and others. We are continuing to monitor this issue closely, working with Isabel and her family.

Read more Sep. 3
Left to right: Same Hawgood, Janet Napolitano, and Dan Lowenstein UC statement on final rule regarding "public charge"

Today's decision by the Trump administration to expand the definition of "public charge" sends a detrimental message internationally — that the United States does not want other countries to send their best and brightest here to study and add to the intellectual exchange at our universities, to conduct important research, and to contribute substantially to our economy, among other things...

Read more Aug. 12
Expand and accelerate the use of telecommuting in COVID-19 response

I am writing to provide you updated guidance that reflects the rapidly evolving reality of living with COVID-19 in our community for the foreseeable future. Since my last message to you, only two days ago, we have seen more indications of how the spread of COVID-19 is requiring changes to our daily routines. As soon as possible, I ask all managers and supervisors to expand and accelerate efforts...

Read more Mar. 13
Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, UCSF Thank you from UCSF Leadership, 3/27 COVID-19 Town Hall

On behalf of UCSF Health President and CEO Mark Laret, Dean Talmadge E. King, Dean Catherine Gilliss, Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, Dean Michael Reddy, and Dean Elizabeth Watkins, I am sharing this video message to thank you for your leadership and courage at a time when our communities need us most...

Read more Mar. 25
A Message from Vice Chancellor Navarro for the UCSF Community

At UCSF, we seek to dismantle systemic racism and the impact of bias. We seek to 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. Our fates as human beings are intertwined. We share a common humanity. We must stand and actively fight together...

Read more May 29
Chancellor's Message on Addressing Racism

At UCSF, we have a responsibility to speak out against violence, including police violence, that is racially motivated. It is anathema to the core values of our community, which stands firmly against bias and discrimination of all kinds. Violence of this nature, along with other elements of systemic racism, is a public health issue. We denounce it and we must take action to eliminate it...

Read more June 9
Protecting LGBTQ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects all Americans from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a resounding affirmation of our belief that there is no place for discrimination of any kind in our society. Even as we celebrate this victory, we also strongly denounce the Trump administration's action on Friday to repeal protections for transgender patients against discrimination when seeking health care...

Read more June 15
Juneteenth: Championing Change
A Message from the Office of Diversity and Outreach

In 1619 the first enslaved people of African descent arrived on the shores of what is now Hampton, Virginia. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect January 1, 1863, the orders did not reach all parts of the confederate south until nearly two-and-a-half years later, on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This year, Juneteenth brings great significance as our world continues to confront both overt and systemic anti-Black racism...

Read more June 16
Supreme Court ruling on DACA

Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking the Trump administration from immediately rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a significant victory, ensuring that some 700,000 young immigrants—including students at UCSF—can retain their legal status to study and work, without fear of deportation, for now. The University of California has been a key advocate for DACA and was the first university in the nation to file a lawsuit challenging the proposed rescission...

Read more June 18
Michael Drake, MD University of California Appoints Michael V. Drake, MD, President

The University of California Board of Regents has named Dr. Drake, a UCSF alumni, the newest president of UC's world-renowned system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three nationally affiliated labs, more than 280,000 students and 230,000 faculty and staff...

Read more July 7
Black Lives Matter demonstrators holding a sign that says 'Silence is Violence.' UCSF's Anti-racism Initiative

As a leading university committed to the health sciences, we must confront the way racism perpetuates a system of inequities for people of color. False hierarchies based on race rationalize laws, public policy, and customs that have built bias and discrimination into society's institutional practices...

Read more July 30
Activists march through Evanston to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Photo: Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune

Leadership Message on Jacob Blake

We write to you, once again, to share our grief over the shooting of a Black man under circumstances that are difficult to grasp. As our society confronts itself with the pandemic of racism, there are few words that adequately reflect our sorrow over this latest tragedy. The human toll of this incident is amplified by the fact that Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back, in the presence of his three young children...

Read more Aug 28
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UC to continue to champion diverse student body despite rejection of Proposition 16

"UC remains steadfast in its commitment to attract and support a student body that reflects California's dynamism and diversity, despite this setback," said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. "We will continue our unwavering efforts to expand underrepresented groups' access to a UC education." Proposition 16 would have helped reverse the detrimental and far-reaching initiative that banned the consideration of race, ethnicity and gender in admissions across public higher education, and other arenas, almost a quarter-century ago...

Read more Nov 4
UCSF's David Kessler, MD, JD, Eric Goosby, MD, and Robert M. Rodriguez, MD

UCSF Drs. David Kessler, Eric Goosby, and Robert Rodriguez

Biden-Harris team names Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board

The Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, the first step in their commitment to develop a national strategy aimed at bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control, will be co-chaired by Vivek Murthy, MD, the surgeon general under former President Barack Obama; Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, associate professor of internal medicine, public health, and management at Yale School of Medicine; and UCSF's David Kessler, MD, JD, professor of pediatrics and of epidemiology and biostatistics, former dean of the School of Medicine & vice chancellor, and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Two other members of the UCSF faculty have also been named to the 13-person Advisory Board: Eric Goosby, MD and Robert M. Rodriguez, MD...

Read more Nov 9
A demonstrator holds up a "DEFEND DACA #DACAHOPE" sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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UC celebrates court order to restore DACA program

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez, issued the following statement today (Dec. 4) following Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis's decision to order the full reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Due to the efforts of UC and many others, the Supreme Court in June held that the administration's attempt to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious...

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UCSF Statement on Anti-Asian Racially Motivated Attacks

There has been an alarming increase in assaults against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Anti-Asian sentiment spiked across the country at the onset of the pandemic in 2020, spurred by those who promote conspiracy theories and xenophobia, and we are now seeing a disturbing resurgence. UCSF's commitment to anti-racism in all its forms – against Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Native American, and other communities – demands that we stand up and speak out...

Read more Feb 25
UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. UC Statement on the Tragic Killing of Daunte Wright

"Sunday's tragedy calls once again for our country to undertake the critical work necessary to reimagine how we conduct policing in America," said University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D....

Read more Apr 13
UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood. UCSF Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Daunte Wright

The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright this past Sunday compounds our grief and frustration over a series of tragedies involving Black people in situations that are difficult to understand, much less accept. While the circumstances are always different, we need to recognize that implicit bias is woven into the common thread that connects these senseless deaths...

Read more Apr 14
Juneteenth Freedom Day Juneteenth National Independence Day

Last year, Juneteenth coincided with the long-overdue national reckoning on anti-Black racism. This year, we are thrilled with the news that President Joe Biden has signed a bill establishing June 19 as a federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day, a significant step toward acknowledging the grave historic injustices committed against Black people in this country. At UCSF, we applaud this decision. We also renew our commitment to Black lives and to dismantling systemic racism in our own organization through the UCSF Anti-racism Initiative...

Read more June 17