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September / October 2023

UCSF Celebrates Diversity Month!

Join us in celebrating UCSF Diversity Month with events and programming throughout October!

Diversity Month 2023 Events

Thomas LaVeist, PhD, to Give Keynote Address at UCSF HEAR Symposium

Dr. LaVeist is dean of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine Tulane University. The UCSF Health Equity and Anti-Racism Research (HEAR) Symposium is Thursday, October 5, at Parnassus Campus.

View Symposium Website

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Thomas LaVeist, PhD, has dedicated his career to understanding the causes of inequity in health and its potential solutions.

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UCSF Benioff Oakland Asthma Clinic offers ongoing education for families

UCSF Benioff Oakland Asthma Clinic Creates Relationships with Pediatric Patients

While asthma is one of the leading chronic diseases for children in the US, hospitalization for it occurs disproportionately for non-Hispanic African American children. The clinic facilitates family learning and builds confidence in kids with asthma.

Read about the Clinic

Andrea Jackson, MD, MAS Named Chief of UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Health

Dr. Jackson joined UCSF in 2013 and specializes in providing Black-identifying patients with reproductive health care that meets the needs of the whole person. 

View Announcement

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Andrea Jackson, MD, MAS

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CARE Program Directors Kendra Hypolite and Denise Caramagno at Staff Resource Day

CARE Program and Office of the Ombuds Welcome Event

Wednesday, October 11

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Join the CARE Program and Office of the Ombuds for an informal welcome lunch to learn about UCSF confidential resources and meet staff.

Lunch will be provided plus special giveaways!

Event Information and Registration Link

UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative

Focused Updates and News

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UCSF School of Medicine Launches New Phase of Differences Matter

In this new five year plan for School of Medicine's equity, belonging, and anti-racism initiative, areas of focus include diversifying faculty and leadership, providing anti-racism resources, and applying anti-oppressive principles to systems.

View Differences Matter Website

Recognize and Amplify

Nominate a colleague

UCSF Medal: Nominations Open until Oct. 13

Recipients of the UCSF Medal are exemplary individuals who have made outstanding contributions in areas associated with UCSF's mission.

Nominate for the UCSF Medal

UCSF Alumni Awards: Nominations Open until Oct. 21

Celebrate UCSF alumni who are changing the world and making a difference in their communities by nominating a colleague, mentor or yourself for the Alumni Awards.

Nominate for the Alumni Awards

Engage and Attend Events

Resources for Practicing Solidarity

THURS 10/5: HEAR Symposium

TUES 10/10: Anti-Black Racism and Behavioral Medicine: Confronting the Past to Envision the Future

TUES 10/10: Defining Microaggressions and Implicit Biases, How They Affect Health, and How We Can Help

WED 10/11: CARE Program and Office of the Ombudsman Welcome Event

TUES 10/17: Centering Our Stories - A Community Building Space for BIPOC Staff

TUES 10/17: Racial Affinity Group Caucusing Educational Research

WED 10/18: UCSF Health Equity Symposium

TUES 10/24: 2023 Chancellor Awards for Diversity View 2022 Awardee Videos

Listen, Learn and Participate
Resources for Celebrating Black Excellence
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Book of the Month:

Plaintains And Our Becoming

Melania Luisa Marte

UCSF celebrates Latinx Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 31.

In her debut poetry collection Dominican American writer, musician, and speaker Melania Luisa Marte shares works centering Afro-Latina identity and discusses themes including colonialism, ancestral knowledge, and definitions of self and home.

“This collection is a full-throated war cry; both a request for anointment and the responding bendición,” writes National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo.


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