Diversity Resources


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 out 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.


A monthly dinner program for UCSF medical students from UIM backgrounds to build community and mentorship with UIM residents and faculty.


An annual welcome event for housestaff and faculty hosted by the Dean of the School of Medicine each fall.

The UCSF School of Medicine Dean’s Diversity Fund was established in 2015 to support the recruitment and retention of faculty who share the university’s commitment to diversity and service to underserved or vulnerable populations. Each year eight faculty members are selected. Those faculty who are selected will be named the John A. Watson Scholars in honor of John A. Watson, PhD, a pioneer for diversity, an inspiring mentor, and a tenacious scientist whose service to the UCSF School of Medicine spanned forty-six years. The grants will provide critical support that will allow faculty to develop their academic interests as well as pursue activities that contribute to the community.


UCSF Campus

The Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO) serves as the campus leader in building diversity in all aspects of the UC San Francisco mission through ongoing assessment, development of new programs and building consensus. We collaborate with the four professional schools, the Graduate Division, and the medical centers, to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across UCSF. The mission of the Office is to build a broadly diverse faculty, student, trainee and staff community, to nurture a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and to engage diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery and patient care. Our priority is to develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for diversity and outreach that supports UCSF’s mission of advancing health worldwide, and the recruitment and retention of talented employees and students who contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.


  • Health Disparities Research Symposium
  • Asian Health Symposium
  • National Transgender Health Summit
  • LGBTQI Health Forum
  • Women’s Leadership Symposium

OPHD supports the University’s policy prohibiting discrimination or harassment of any person on the basis of their membership in a protected category.


The CARE Advocate provides free, confidential support to any UCSF affiliate who has experienced interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, dating/intimate partner violence, sexual harassment or stalking.


The Center aims to sustain visibility and a sense of community throughout the campus and medical center. We are committed to building workplace equity, promoting student and staff leadership, and providing high quality, culturally sensitive care to our patients.


The Multicultural Resource Center is committed to supporting underrepresented students, faculty, and staff through engaging programs and events. Our major programs include UC Diversity Pipline Initiative and Underrepresented in Health Sciences Mentorship Dinners.


The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote various chronic diseases and make their management more challenging. The CVP is based within the UCSF Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and is located on the campus of San Francisco General Hospital. Beyond the local communities it serves, CVP is nationally and internationally known for its research in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health, including literacy, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.


Graduate Medical Education

The Office of Graduate Medical Education is committed to training physicians from all backgrounds and cultures and has an interest in developing a diverse community among residents and fellows from all training programs. The GME Diversity Advisory Group (DAG) was as established to promote and support diversity among UCSF residents and clinical fellows. This year the Office of GME’s Diversity Advisory Group is planning several events including many social events, recruitment activities, and opportunities to represent UCSF at various annual meetings of national medical organizations. There are also opportunities to serve on diversity committees within the School of Medicine and the UCSF campus. All trainees interested in increasing the diversity among housestaff at UCSF are welcome to join us at future events. We also encourage all department chairs and program directors to share any ideas or suggestions for future activities.