UCSF Leaders to Provide Status Report on Academic, Staff Diversity

March 25, 2010

Sue Desmond-Hellmann

UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, and other campus leaders will discuss progress made toward achieving UCSF’s diversity initiatives at a forum on Tuesday, April 13.

The forum, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus, will be simulcast to:

  • Mission Bay, Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium
  • Laurel Heights Auditorium
  • Mount Zion, Herbst Hall
  • Fresno, room 201
  • 654 Minnesota St., Fox Conference Room
  • San Francisco General Hospital, Library Room 3208

Campus and medical center officials will provide updates on staff and academic diversity. Speakers who will give an update on staff diversity are:

  • John Plotts, senior vice chancellor of Administration and Finance
  • Mike Tyburski, director of Human Resources for the campus
  • Sheila Antrum, chief of Nursing and Patient Care Services at UCSF Medical Center.

Those who will provide an update on diversity among academics, including faculty, students and trainees, are:

  • Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, director of Academic Diversity
  • Joseph Castro, PhD, vice provost of Student Academic Affairs and special assistant to the chancellor.

A panel discussion featuring the deans and other campus leaders will follow the presentations on staff and academic diversity.

Those who would like to ask a question to be answered by the panel, should send an email.

Campuswide Commitment

UCSF embraces an inclusive definition of diversity that refers to the variety of personal experiences, values and worldviews that arises from differences in culture and individual circumstance. These differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and geographic origin, among others.

UCSF has named nurturing diversity as one of seven strategic directions outlined its strategic plan, the product of extensive input from throughout the campus community and community partners. The plan, adopted in 2007, specifically calls on UCSF to “continue to improve diversity of faculty, staff, students and trainees to effectively establish a culture of diversity on the UCSF campus.”

The plan’s diversity goals include creating a more diverse campus community, ensuring that UCSF continues to attract the best and most diverse candidates for all educational programs, and improving diversity among senior leadership.

Since taking the helm at UCSF in August 2009, Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann has said that achieving diversity is central to one of her top five priorities – people.

“UCSF has made important strides in diversifying the campus community,” she said. “Our successes bear out the belief that a diversity of perspectives and practices drives ingenuity, creativity and productivity in a world of increasing globalization. Under my leadership, UCSF will build upon its successes and strive to do even better.” Read her entire message here.

Related Links:


Diversity website

UCSF Unveils Strategic Plan to Guide Its Global Leadership in Advancing Health
UCSF Strategic Plan website, June 28, 2007

UCSF Launches 10-Point Initiative to Promote Diversity
UCSF Today, February 28, 2007