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Recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island have brought the issues of race, racism and inequity once again to the front of our awareness.
As a leading research, clinical care and educational institution we pride ourselves on our ability to bring talented people together to investigate and ameliorate complex problems. As a public institution, we are sustained by our commitment to improve the health of our communities. As members of this tremendous community and citizens of a diverse state, we have a responsibility to dive deeper into the persistent inequities in personal and public health that stem from racism, unconscious bias and the stress associated with inequality.
Our students are urging us to address these problems. The peaceful demonstration on December 10 organized by UCSF medical students and held at over 70 medical schools across the nation was a call by our future faculty and colleagues to work with them to advance equality in health and society.
The 2015 School of Medicine Leadership Retreat will focus on discuss race, ethnicity and inequities in health, healthcare and opportunity. Our goal is to learn from our learners and faculty and to work as a collective leadership community to identify action steps that UCSF can take alone and in partnership to address this important topic.
While our focus on this retreat will be race and ethnicity, we are committed as a leadership team to conduct important community dialogues on the experience of other underrepresented populations in health, health care and academia in the coming months.