UCSF Leaders to Discuss Roadmap to Creating an Inclusive Campus

Event to be Webcast Live on April 10

By Lisa Cisneros on April 02, 2012

Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, will join other UCSF leaders on Tuesday, April 10, to discuss how the University is paving the way toward creating a more inclusive campus community.

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH

Members of the UCSF community are invited to participate in the discussion, "Roadmap to Inclusive Excellence," from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Cole Hall Auditorium on the Parnassus campus. The talk will be streamed live in a webcast.  

Questions may be submitted in advance to the Office of Diversity and Outreach

This annual event is part of UCSF's ongoing efforts to nurture diversity and create a climate that is supportive and inclusive for all.

Since her return to UCSF as chancellor in August 2009, Desmond-Hellmann has emphasized the importance of creating an environment that allows faculty, staff, students and trainees to thrive. She considers "people," as one of her top five priorities at UCSF, in addition to patient care, discovery, education and business.

Desmond-Hellmann and UCSF leaders emphasize the importance of nurturing diversity in two of the top five goals outlined in UCSF's updated 2014-2015 strategic plan. One goal is to attract and support the most talented and diverse trainees in the health sciences and another is for UCSF to be the workplace of choice for diverse, top-tier talent.

Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD

Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD

The event on April 10 is sponored by the Office of Diversity and Outreach, which is directed by Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, who was named to the newly created post of vice chancellor of Diversity and Outreach in December 2010.

"The mission of the Office of Diversity and Outreach is to build a broadly diverse faculty, student and staff community, to nurture a climate that is welcoming and supportive, and to engage diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery and patient care," Navarro said at the time.

Navarro and Desmond-Hellmann also serve as co-chairs of the Council of Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion. The council is one of 10 such committees initiated systemwide by UC President Mark Yudof in response to student incidents of intolerance that occurred on three UC campuses in 2010. Yudof called upon each campus to create a committee chaired by the chancellor to ensure that each campus has a place and room for dialogue, as well as oversight on inclusion that will prevent such events from recurring. Read that story