DEI and Anti-Racism Efforts in the Graduate Division 2020-22

Graduate Division Leadership Response to UCSF Learner Activism

The UCSF Graduate Dean’s Office received two petitions from UCSF graduate students. The first was posted on social media in mid-June 2020. The second, written by [BE-STEM]( leadership, represented a re-centering of Black learner experiences and Black learner voices. This second petition was sent to Graduate Dean Elizabeth Watkins on Oct. 20, 2020. The events marked on this timeline link each of the points in each petition to outcomes and initiatives. Further responses and milestones will be added over time as events and plans come to fruition. The latest updates were made in September 2022.

2020-06-07 00:00:00

First Student Petition Circulated

UCSF graduate students first posted the petition as a Google doc bearing this date. The petition was not formally presented to the Graduate Division, but was circulated on social media.

2020-06-15 00:00:00

New Racism in Science Courses Proposed

GRAD 202 and GRAD 219 courses proposed in mid-June.

2020-06-19 00:00:00

Anti-racism resources published on Grad Div website

This resource list will be regularly updated.

2020-06-25 00:00:00

First petition response emailed to student listserv.

Addressed demands 1-3 in petition: 1) to issue a statement in support of students’ right to protest, 2) to condemn the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and other violent measures against protestors, and 3) to issue a statement in support of the current movement to defund the UCSF Police Department and other UC campus PDs.

2020-07-01 05:55:15

UCSF Launches Anti-Racism Initiative

To achieve a community defined by UCSF's Principles of Community and PRIDE Values, the UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative is launched, partnering with leaders across campus and UCSF Health. UCSF's anti-racism efforts are focused on seven major areas of work, which comprise the seven pillars of the initiative.

2020-07-14 00:00:00

Petition response published on Graduate Division website

The GD will continue to build on this page.

2020-07-20 00:00:00

First Meeting of Student and Faculty DEI Task Force

Group meets monthly to advance DEI efforts in the Graduate Division, particularly those that promote DEI-aware mentoring and training.

2020-07-23 00:00:00

First Graduate Division DEI Town Hall

Discussion led by D'Anne Duncan, assistant dean for diversity and learner success, and Elizabeth Watkins, dean of the Graduate Division and vice chancellor of Student Acadmic Affairs.

2020-07-29 00:00:00

Guide for Faculty to Talking about Race and Inequity in Science

This guide was created specifically to help faculty to talk about race and inequities in science with their research teams.

2020-07-29 00:00:00

Student and Postdoc Guide to Talking about Race and Inequity in Science published

This guide was created to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars talk to their PIs about race and inequities in science and within their lab or research team.

DEI and Anti-Racism Efforts in the Graduate Division 2020-22

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