Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The PSPG DEI committee was formed in 2020 during the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement precipitated by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among other Black Americans, by the hands of police officers. In light of these events, PSPG began recognizing the urgency of addressing systemic racism within the program as evidenced by the underrepresentation, particularly of Black individuals, at the student and faculty level. To address these issues and build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive PSPG program, all members of our community are asked to adopt the following mission statement.

Mission statement

As a member of the PSPG Graduate Program, I am committed to respecting and supporting the individuality of each current and prospective community member. I affirm UCSF’s PRIDE values and Principles of Community, which are the cornerstone for everything we do and unite our faculty, students, researchers, caregivers, and staff in building a culture of collaboration that inspires us to be our best today, and in the future. I commit to identifying and dismantling prejudicial systems by enacting practices supporting our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Diversity To appreciate and celebrate differences in others
Equity To provide equal opportunities for all community members to reach their full potential
Inclusion To cultivate a safe environment where people of different identities feel welcomed and valued

With my signature, I affirm these values, commit to upholding them, and promise to actively participate in a minimum of one DEI event or ongoing DEI role in the program per year, that will be tracked on the PSPG website.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices