Diversity Programs and Activities

Creating Community: Building Resilience among Graduate Students and Postdocs

The goal of this event is to build and celebrate a community of care to promote mental health and wellness among UCSF’s graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Self-care and seeking help for mental wellness are at a heightened state for members of the community, and especially among individuals from historically marginalized and underserved populations in health science. This event is an opportunity for members of the UCSF campus community to build allyship and foster a stronger sense of belonging.

Here is a recording of the 2020 keynote address (must log in via MyAccess).

Reunite: Diversity Soiree

The Graduate Division hosts an annual celebration for all students and postdocs who have participated in our outreach and diversity initiatives, including IMSD, UCSF IRACDA, SF BUILD, and SRTP.

Diversity Network Initiative

Launched in 2018, the Diversity Network Initiative aims to connect current and prospective PhD students from similar backgrounds to build a professional network and community, and share experiences and provide insight into diversity and inclusion at UCSF.

decorative image of dandelionFirst Gen Story Circle at Mission Bay

Are you the first person in your family to graduate from college? What was your transition to graduate school and UCSF like? The First Gen Story Circle is an informal discussion group for UCSF First Generation graduate students. Make connections, share your experiences and learn to survive and thrive. First Gen Story Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate Division and UCSF First Generation Support Services.

Black Unity Program

The Graduate Division offers quarterly social gatherings and activites to network, share experiences and resources, and build a stronger community for Black and African-American PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at UCSF.

NIGMS/IMSD Fellows and Affiliates Program

The National Institute for General Medical Sciences Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Fellows and Affiliates Program at UCSF is designed to improve the academic and research competitiveness of underrepresented minority students and to facilitate their progress toward careers in biomedical research.

Annual Retreat in Community Building

small photo of presidioEach year in the fall, the Graduate Division hosts the Annual Retreat in Building Community, a joint orientation for all new graduate students held in the beautiful Presidio.

The morning of the Retreat includes an interactive diversity workshop and presentations by key campus units about the many resources and opportunities available for UCSF students.  Faculty lead the Retreat's afternoon activities, which may include outdoor activities and other options. 



Faculty-Student Diversity Committee

This group of graduate students and faculty work together to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, focusing on recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations in science. The Faculty-Student Diversity Committee meets once per quarter.