13th Annual Chancellor’s Diversity Forum Highlights Steps Toward Transformational Change

This year’s Chancellor’s Diversity Forum, held May 19, provided updates on a wide array of ongoing diversity and anti-racism efforts at UC San Francisco and a chance for the University community to ask questions.
“All segments of our campus community are working towards equity and justice,” said Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro, MD, PharmD, who moderated the virtual event. “Today’s panelists really reflect that broad participation in the work.”
The event highlighted initiatives like Black Healing Day, which provided time for healing for Black health residents, and APASA’s recent events addressing increased violence against the AAPI community. The UCSF Safety Task Force and the Code CARE Team shared new recommendations aimed at de-escalation, improving mental health support, and approaching safety from an anti-racist and trauma-informed framework. Other efforts are focused on increasing diversity in faculty and leadership positions, such as a new interdisciplinary basic science search committee that can consider applicants from a wider range of disciplines.
“We’re not just in a moment, we are actually in a movement,” said Navarro. “And we recognize that with our combined, sustained efforts, we will lead the kinds of transformational changes that are really essential for us to obtain equity.”