Volume 4 | Number 1 | January 2023


Initiative to Maximize Student Development |

From Dr. D'Anne Duncan

D'Anne Duncan, PhD

Ringing in 2023!


It has been a long time since we’ve connected as a community. At the end of 2022, we witnessed the University of California graduate student body advocate and fight for better conditions to ensure students thrive, not just survive. Your unwavering activism was key for

sustainable change, and I witnessed many IMSD students leading and participating in this activism. Our community has led and will always lead to ensure justice and fairness.


There is so much to be grateful for, and I continue to be in awe with your accomplishments, talents, and willingness to support one another! I wish each of you a joyous and restorative year!


Hugs and smiles!


Dr. D’Anne


Post-Labor Organizing Resources and An Invitation to Connect

Our team has compiled a list of post-labor organizing resources for awareness, action and wellness here. Feel free to take a look and share widely with anyone who may be of interest. 


Moreover, we invite you to join us off-campus for an afternoon to connect and be in community together!


Where: Mission Dolores Park (we will meet at the bell shown below)

When: Sunday, January 22, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Please bring something to sit on (e.g. blanket, chair, etc.). Food and drink will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well. Please RSVP here by Thursday, January 19 at noon if you plan on attending!


Save the Date: Spring 2023 IMSD Programming Calendar

We are excited to share the workshops and community building events planned for spring. Additional details to follow!


Quals Prep Workshop with Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

Wednesday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



Preparing for quals? Join us to hear tips and advice on how to best prepare for your upcoming qualifying exam in the transition back from student unionization and the UC-wide strike. The panel will feature a brief discussion on transitioning back to campus in preparing for quals followed by a conversation with Dr. D’Anne Duncan and Dr. Jason Sello sharing their stories and best practices related to preparing for the written proposal and the oral presentation. In addition, Dr. Alexandra Thurston from Student Health and Counseling Services will be participating and sharing tools for mental health and well-being.


Community Gardening

March, Time and Date TBA


Workshop with Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD)

Tuesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.



UCSF's IMSD program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). 



D'Anne Duncan, PhD

Jason Sello, PhD

Program Contacts:


D'Anne Duncan, PhD

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learner Success

[email protected]u


Jason Sello, PhD

Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

[email protected]





Zachary Smith, AA

Diversity and Outreach Program Manager

[email protected]


Jessica Ip, MA

Diversity Programs and Events Coordinator

[email protected]