UCSF School of Medicine: Timeline of DEI and Anti-Racism Efforts

UCSF has made a commitment to Advancing Health Worldwide. Fulfilling this commitment requires that we tackle and solve today’s most challenging problems in biomedical science and healthcare, for everyone. Diverse teams, including people from different backgrounds and with different life experiences, are better at solving complex problems. UCSF’s success in improving the health of our patients and our communities depends on diversifying our disciplines and professions and creating an inclusive an equitable workplace. It is time that we engineer our culture for equity and inclusion so that all may thrive. The following timeline, beginning in 2014, catalogues the milestones along our journey to making the UCSF School of Medicine the most diverse, equitable, and inclusive medical school in the country. To adjust your view of this timeline, search by keyword, or sort by type of milestone or mission area, please click the wrench icon in the lower righthand corner of your screen.

2014-03-15 13:53:52

CD2: Chairs and Directors Council on Diversity Created

Created and tasked with developing, implementing and monitoring programs to increase the culture of diversity and inclusion in faculty within the School of Medicine. The charge included recommending principles and a process for the use of Dean’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Investment Fund.

2014-08-26 13:53:52

First Department Diversity Demographic Report Produced and Distributed to Department Chairs

As an outcome of the CD2, distribution of a report detailing the gender and ethnicity breakdown of faculty, staff, and learners by department and as compared to AAMC data of medical schools across the country. This report serves as a benchmark and transparent distribution of data.

2014-12-10 13:53:52

White Coats for Black Lives Die-In

In the wake of decisions on the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases in late 2014, UCSF medical students felt a sense of isolated helplessness. This spurred them to organize a national “White Coats 4 Black Lives” Die-In held nationwide to spread the awareness of the tremendous health issue presented by violence and racism and to organize a Town Hall meeting to share reflections on violence, racial bias and personal experiences with diversity at UCSF. These actions fueled discussion at a leadership level and inspired the dean to focus the school’s annual leadership retreat on race.

2015-01-08 13:53:52

2015 School of Medicine Leadership Retreat

In January 2015, School of Medicine Leadership Retreat focused on the theme of “Race Matters”. Leaders from across the school and campus gathered to increase collective awareness of the impact of race on clinical, social and public health outcomes and create a collective urgency around the issues of racial diversity in the UCSF faculty. The response was overwhelmingly one of sensitivity and interest, and spurred leadership to develop a coordinated effort to enact change. During this retreat, the initial presentation on an anchor institution framework was given. Anchor institutions are place-based, mission-driven entities such as hospitals, universities, and government agencies that leverage their economic power alongside their human and intellectual resources to improve the long-term health and social welfare of their communities.

2015-02-06 13:53:52

Dean’s Diversity Fund Created

To assist with recruitment and retention of faculty who share our commitments to diversity and service to underserved or vulnerable populations, each year the Dean’s Office will award up to eight grants to support activities related to our educational and scholarly missions. These grants will provide critical support that will allow faculty to develop their academic interests as well as pursue activities that contribute to the community.

2015-05-22 07:20:59

First Cohort of Watson Scholars Announced

Inaugural cohort of Watson Scholars, recipients of the Dean’s Diversity Fund, announced.

2015-08-15 10:29:55

Differences Matter Launched

A multi-year, multi-faceted School of Medicine initiative designed to make UCSF the most diverse, equitable and inclusive academic medical system in the country. Differences Matter has six focus areas led by faculty and staff Dean’s Diversity Leaders.

2015-08-18 10:29:55

2015 Department Diversity Demographic Report Distributed to Department Chairs

Distribution of annual report detailing the gender and ethnicity breakdown of faculty, staff, and learners by department and as compared to AAMC data of medical schools across the country. This report serves as a benchmark and transparent distribution of data.

2015-09-03 06:04:56

Entering Residency Class 17% UIM

2015-12-10 10:29:55

White Coats for Black Lives Anniversary Rally

One year after students launched a national movement to highlight racial disparities in education, health care and civic justice, they gathered again to meet a new challenge for the movement: turn words into actions. About 100 UCSF students, faculty and staff gathered in front of the Parnassus Library to discuss making a difference. Organizers handed out notecards with simple questions, encouraging attendees to offer ideas on what they could do, what UCSF could do, and what allies could do to advance equity and inclusion for all.

UCSF School of Medicine: Timeline of DEI and Anti-Racism Efforts

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