Ongoing and Recent Initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of the Vice ChancellorDiversity and Outreach, which UCSF established in December 2010, serves as the campus leader in building diversity in all aspects of the UCSF mission including climate, curriculum, research, retention, outreach and recruitment. Recent efforts and ongoing forums in which the community can participate, include the following:

  • The Chancellor’s Annual Leadership Panel on Diversity and Inclusion, now in its seventh year, enables University leadership to update the campus and report on progress on diversity goals. Additional leadership accountability is facilitated through the Deans’ annual report on diversity and as a component of stewardship reviews.
  • The Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCCI) was appointed in June 2010 to advise the Chancellor and UCSF community on campus climate conditions, practices, and policies. It is co-chaired by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach and includes faculty, staff, students, post-docs and trainees. The committee revised and launched the campus initiative on Principles of Community in 2011.
  • UCSF established a campus-wide Multicultural Resource Center in August 2011 to cultivate community and cultural awareness by providing space and resources to support inter-professional faculty, staff, and student collaborations. The MRC partners with the long established LGBT Resource Center to provide supportive campus programming.
  • The UCSF Office of the Ombuds was established in 2011 as a safe place where all are welcome to discuss concerns in confidence.
  • The First Generation program at UCSF provides support, mentorship, workshops and community for first generation college/professional students and faculty.
  • UCSF has expanded and improved its childcare and lactation facilities, including emergency back-up child/elder care.
  • UCSF has launched the Unconscious Bias Initiative with a focus on awareness of bias and implementing mitigation strategies.
  • The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Diversity (Status of Women, Disability Issues, LGBT and Diversity) provide ongoing input from faculty, students and staff to the Chancellor on issues of climate, community and engagement.
  • The Campus Council on Faculty Life is charged with implementing programs that improve the climate for faculty. Programs include faculty development programs, the Faculty Mentoring Program (assuring a mentor for all new and junior faculty), Wellness Grand Rounds and the Coro Leadership Collaborative.
  • The School of Nursing Diversity in Action Committee (DIVA) instituted education and training for faculty with a goal of developing a culture of humility within the learning environment and ensuring that faculty have the tools and skill to handle issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • The UCSF CTSI Career Development Program and Academic Affairs supports underrepresented minority and women faculty participation in AAMC sponsored Minority and Early/Mid Career-Women Professional Development Programs.
  • UCSF funding to foster educational initiatives includes the NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award to foster diverse career pathways; American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Medical Education grant to support innovative medical school curriculum; and NIH-supported research to build a diverse biomedical and behavioral research workforce.

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