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February / March 2024

Image four people standing in conversation and smiling. The image is of UC President Michael Drake meeting with medical students to hear about their experiences in June 2023. Participants in the discussion include (L to R) Talmadge King Dean, School of Medicine, and medical student Ziad Jowhar.

UC President Michael Drake (left) met with UCSF medical students to hear about their experiences in June 2023. Participants in the discussion include (L to R) Talmadge King Dean, School of Medicine, and medical student Ziad Jowhar.

President Drake Establishes first UC Systemwide Office of Civil Rights

President Michael V. Drake announced this month the creation of the first University of California Office of Civil Rights. The office is a proactive response to work by the systemwide work group, co-chaired by Vice Chancellor Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD, with developing the University’s new UC Anti-Discrimination Policy..

Read President Drake's Announcement

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International Women's Day at UCSF

March 4 - March 8

This annual celebration at UCSF includes virtual and in-person events, panel discussions, professional and lived experience sharing, and wellness happenings throughout the week. The events honor the international day of recognition on March 8 and mark the beginning of Women's History Month. Sponsored by the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women, Office of Diversity and Outreach, Women of UCSF Health, and Women in Tech (WIT) @ UCSF.

View the Calendar of Events

16th Annual Chancellor's Leadership Forum on Diversity & Inclusion

March 13 I 12 - 1:00 PM

The forum provides a platform for community members to hear from senior leadership on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism initiatives at UCSF. This year UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman, PhD, will join the forum to discuss freedom of expression and academic freedom with Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS.

Register for the Forum

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Introductions to the Best Practices in Diversity Recruitment Tookit and Hiring Guide, Version 2.0

March 19 I 12 - 1:00 PM

The Office of Diversity and Outreach in partnership with Human Resources, has updated the toolkit to incorporate information related to disability inclusion during the marketing, recruitment, selection, and onboarding processes. Attend the lunch and learn session for more information and engagement.

Learn about the Toolkit

Register for the Session

Honoring our Shared Humanity: Countering Islamophobia and Antisemitism

Feb. 29 I 5 - 6:15 PM

This Islamic Networks Groups (ING) sponsored webinar aims to increase understanding and belonging by acknowledge the experiences of many Jewish, Muslim, Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab communities, among others in San Mateo County, and strive towards connecting across shared humanity.

Learn More

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Unity March - Standing Together Against Antisemitism

March 3 I 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco


The UCSF Jewish Coalition invites

the UCSF community to join Bay Area Jewish community members, allies, and

friends for a march to champion the values of inclusion, respect, belonging,

and democracy - standing united against Antisemitism. The coalition seeks to

foster understanding, connect diverse communities, and reinforce commitment to

a safe world, free from fear and prejudice.

Learn More 

UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative

Focused Updates and News

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The NIH Diversity Supplement Program started at UCSF in 2015 through a partnership with the Office of Diversity and Outreach, Multicultural Resource Center and the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

NIH Diversity Supplement Program - Applications Open

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplement program provides additional funding for research experiences for individuals from high school to the faculty level with backgrounds that are nationally underrepresented in health-related research. In 2021, UCSF received 45 diversity supplement grants, worth $3.3 million in revenue. In 2023, the UCSF Diversity Supplement program was selected as one of the four Campus Value Improvement Projects to increase the number of grants and funding.

Learn More and Apply

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Resources for Practicing Solidarity

THUR 2/29: Honoring our Shared Humanity: Countering Islamophobia and Antisemitism

SUN 3/3: Unity March - Standing Together Against Antisemitism

THUR 3/7: HDFCC DEIA Networking Event

FRI 3/8: Health Equity Community Building Symposium

TUES 3/12: SOUL GLOW: Equitable Hair Care

TUES 3/12: 2024 Chancellor's Health Policy Lecture: Reflections on Federal Service and Harvard's Legacy of Slavery Initiative

WED 3/13: Chancellor's Leadership Forum on Diversity & Inclusion

Listen, Learn and Participate

Resources for Celebrating Black Excellence

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Book of the Month:

Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines

Joy Buolamwini

Author Joy Buolamwini, PhD, shares the story of her uncovering of "the coded gaze" - discrimination in encoding and exclusion in tech development - and her subsequent actions to create equity in tech and AI by founding the Algorithmic Justice League. Dr. Buolamwini is a Rhodes Scholar, Fullbright Fellow and recipient of the Technological Innovation Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center.

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