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UCSF's Diversity Celebration Kicks Off October 3

By Lisa Cisneros

The UCSF community is invited to celebrate the rich diversity of people during events and activities that begin today with the annual Faculty & Staff Art Show.

Events are organized by the recently created Office of Diversity and Outreach directed by Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD.

UCSF defines diversity as acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing, nurturing and celebrating the differences among people -- whether it's age, race, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, language, education, sexual orientation, spiritual practice or socioeconomic status.

"UCSF has made important strides in diversifying the UCSF community," says Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH. "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."

Here is the full schedule of events for the 2011 diversity celebration:

Laurie Barkin, RN

Laurie Barkin, RN

Monday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 6: UCSF hosts the 23rd Annual Faculty & Staff Art Show. The opening reception on October 3 when the artists will be on hand to talk about their works is slated from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Millberry Union Conference Center, Parnassus campus.

Thursday, Oct. 6: "Tales from the Trauma Unit: Self Care in the Trenches with Laurie Barkin, RN." Barkin talks about the heartbreak and humor experienced by caregivers when exposure to tragedy becomes routine. Part of Mental Health Awareness Week and the Pat Patterson Memorial Lecture, this event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Health Sciences West, room 303 on the Parnassus campus.

Friday, Oct. 7: UCSF hosts the Health Disparities Research Symposium with Keynote Speaker Spero Manson, PhD, a distinguished professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and director of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado, Denver's Anschutz Medical Center. This annual symposium, which features the research of UCSF faculty, is slated to run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Laurel Heights Auditorium.

Alfredo Quinones, MD

Alfredo Quinones, MD

Monday, Oct. 10: "Becoming Doctor Q," a talk featuring Alfredo Quinones, MD, a UCSF alumni and internationally renowned neurosurgeon who leads cutting-edge research to find a cure for brain cancer. This event is scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in HSW303 on the Parnassus campus. A reception will follow the lecture.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: "The Impact of Bisexual Invisibility: A Talk by Lindasusan Ulrich," is slated for noon to 1 p.m. in Health Sciences West, room 303 on the Parnassus campus.

Thursday, Oct. 20: The Chancellor's Concert Series kicks off with conert featuring the Wyrick-Oh Duo, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Millberry Union Conference Center on the Parnassus campus.

Later on that day, the University Community Partnerships Celebration honors the 2011 Excellence in Partnership Awards and 2011 Partnership Granteees at an evening event from 5 to 7 p.m. in Genentech Hall at the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

Monday, Oct. 24: UCSF hosts the "Best Practices in Diversity Luncheon," an invitation-only event, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Millberry Union Gym on the Parnassus campus. 

Maddie Deutsch, MD

Maddie Deutsch, MD

Tuesday, Oct. 25: "Transgender Health 101: A Talk by Maddie Deutsch, MD," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Health Sciences West, room 301 on the Parnassus campus.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: "Working Together to Promote Health Equity: The First Annual Allies for Health Conference," is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. in Cole Hall Auditorium on the Parnassus campus. This event features Augustus A. White, a  professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine and senior associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Stanford University's School of Medicine.

Ongoing through Tuesday, Nov. 13: UCSF features the Carnaval San Francisco Photo Exhibition at Carmelina's Cafe in the Mission Center Building. The opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 13.

For more information about these events, please contact Gavin Tolentino at the Office of Diversity and Outreach.

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