A Message from the Chancellor
Beyond a doubt, UCSF places a premium on the people who work here.
We recruit great people who come even though the cost of living is high. Then again, people don’t come to UCSF to get wealthy. They come because they want to be here, to work in an intellectually stimulating environment among extraordinarily talented and like-minded colleagues who are dedicated and committed to advancing health.
And because of that, we see a lot of longtime members of the UCSF family. People tend to stay, even when offered jobs elsewhere, and I’m very proud of this fact.
In keeping with my commitment to the people side of the equation, I recently appointed J. Renee Navarro, as UCSF’s first vice chancellor of diversity and outreach. Renee will lead the University’s efforts to create a culture of inclusion and equity for all. Renee is currently developing a strategic plan that enhances our current efforts at nurturing diversity and strengthening our outreach.
In a diverse environment, people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and orientations can feel valued and respected. Working freely in a safe and inclusive atmosphere, people can learn, teach and be fearless in their contributions and initiatives.
Diversity is important from a strategic perspective as well. Our campus is serving an increasingly diverse population. There is a critical need to train health care professionals whose backgrounds give them clear insight into the cultural and social needs of the people and patients they treat.
Ultimately, it is this rich diversity of people and perspectives in the San Francisco Bay Area that fuels creativity and vibrancy at the University.
With his ubiquitous smile and passion for public health, it is not surprising that Stuart Gansky, MS, DrPH, was recently selected to serve as the director of UCSF’s Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health.
When he was in kindergarten, Jason Pomerantz, MD, drew a self-portrait depicting a surgeon at work in an operating room. He told his mother, “I want to make people not get old.”
Steven Hall manages UCSF’s Sandler-Moore Mass Spectrometry lab with scientific expertise and a flair for diplomacy.