Traveling Ambassadors Promote Diversity at UCSF

CTSI Program Deploys Faculty for Recruitment

With the goal of recruiting top researchers while also promoting faculty diversity, the Traveling Ambassador Program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is an integral part of UCSF’s vision of being the world’s pre-eminent health sciences innovator.

Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD

Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD

“This effort is a great example of a ‘win-win’ for our faculty and the University,” said Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, vice chancellor of Diversity and Outreach at UCSF and director of CTSI’s Career Development program, which oversees the ambassador program.

As part of the program, faculty receive up to $1,500 in travel expenses to attend national meetings in return for making connections with potential candidates, providing information about specific UCSF faculty openings, and obtaining contact information from those individuals with whom they interact.

Beyond the financial support, there are other benefits for faculty who serve as Traveling Ambassadors, Navarro says. “When you’re in this role, you always meet interesting people and you help UCSF reinforce its commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty from all backgrounds."

Read the full story on the CTSI website.