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Diversity Committee

The Neurology Diversity Committee was formed in January 2014 to improve diversity, defined across multiple domains, throughout the department. The committee advises the Hiring and Compensation Committees on equity issues in recruitment/retention and coordinates educational and community activities to increase awareness of diversity issues among faculty, staff, and trainees. The Committee reports to the Chair of the Department and also advises the Director of Administration.

UCSF Diversity Initiatives and Resources

    Differences Matter: developing and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion at UCSF.

    UCSF's Diversity and Outreach website.

    "Injustice and Health" UCSF Teach-in with CNN Correspondent Soledad O'Brien, recorded on February 24, 2016.

    Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

    Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Under-Represented Faculty and Senior Fellows for Clinical and Translational Research Awards

    Are you chairing a committee? Organizing a seminar? Download tip sheets on this page to ensure that UCSF is inclusive to women.

    Take the Implicit Association Test (IAT) online at Project Implicit to discover and measure your attitudes and beliefs toward others.

Would you like to be a speaker or mentor? Please contact us to let us know.

Coming Events

Women's Leadership Seminar (first in a new series), "Breaking the glass ceiling and building the pipeline: Developing leadership skills for women in pediatrics," by Nancy Asher, MD, PhD, Professor, UCSF Department of Surgery

Friday, June 16th, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Oberndorf Auditorium, Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, 1855 4th Street
and via Livestream

Recent Events

The Women in Life Sciences sponsored an interesting talk re parenting and work-life balance. Please see below. If anyone is interested in the link to the livestream, please email wilsucsf at gmail for that information.

Title IX and Babies
Professor Mary Ann Mason, UC Berkeley School of Law
March 6, 2017

The Effects of Unconscious Bias in Our Work
Sarah Schaeffer, MD, MPH

March 15, 2017
Organized by Nicole Rosendale, MD, Clinical Fellow in the Department of Neurology

Understand the concept of unconscious bias and how it may impact physicians and patients
Recognize micro aggressions in the workplace
Develop skills to reduce the impact of unconscious bias and to address micro aggressions

Dr. Sarah Schaeffer is an academic hospitalist at UCSF and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine Residency Diversity Committee. Within the department of medicine, Dr. Schaeffer conducts seminars for residents, faculty mentors, and intern selection committee members on topics of unconscious bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and mentoring across differences. Dr. Schaeffer is also a faculty recipient of the Dean’s Diversity Fund Award and a member of the School of Medicine's Difference Matter action group on resident diversity.

Grants of Interest

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) Deadline April 8, 2017

Training, Scholarship, or Fellowship Research
United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Individuals may receive up to 5 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level (up to 6 years for dual degree training, e.g., MD/PhD), and up to 3 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants (e.g., T32) and an individual fellowship award.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently announced their new Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program to recruit and retain early-career scientists who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Fellows will receive a non-renewable grant of $80,000 annually for up to four years of postdoctoral training support followed by a non-renewable grant of $270,000 annually for up to four years of the faculty phase, if program criteria are met.

· The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, at the career stages targeted by this program.
· Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent) by the start of the grant term.
· Applicants can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.

Key Program Dates
· September 19, 2016: Online application opens
· February 15, 2017, 3 p.m. (ET): Application due date
· September 2017: Selection notification
· November 15, 2017-January 15, 2018: Grant term begins

Additional information is available at For questions, contact program staff at

Past Events

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Leading Health Care Change Through Activism
Thursday, January 26 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Millberry Union City Lights Room 500 Parnassus Avenue

Over time, UCSF has been a local and national leader in leading health care change through activism during their time as students, faculty, and staff. Please join for a moderated panel discussion of how these UCSF pioneers have advocated for and effected change in society.

This event was sponsored by Office of Diversity and Outreach, Alumni Relations, and Black Caucus.

Post-Election Community Discussion: Monday, November 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus, with live stream at Mission Bay, Rock Hall and at this link)

UCSF Wellbeing Resources: Thursday, November 17, noon-1 p.m. at Millberry Union on the Parnassus campus.

Women in Neurology informal gathering: Nov 30th (Wed) at 4 p.m., Parnassus M-795 and MB NS-238.

Choosing Child Care Workshop with Children's Council San Francisco
Thursday, November 3, 12:15-1:30 pm, N-217, Parnassus
And via live stream video from

Claudia Quinonez, Child Care Resource and Referral Manager with Children’s Council of San Francisco, will be our guide to aspects of choosing child care with an emphasis on child care homes and infant/toddler centers. Best for families with children ages 0-3, as well as expecting parents.

UCSF Diversity Month in October 2016
The Office of Diversity and Outreach sponsored a month of activities to advance the University’s commitment to equity and inclusion. See the full lineup of events here.

The 10th Annual Health Disparities Symposium
October 21, 2016
The Mission Bay Conference Center

The keynote address was given by Eliseo Perez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.

Talk About Time: Why we Fail at Work-Life Balance, presented by the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women, Campus Life Services & The Committee on Family Services.
September 27, 2016, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Byers Hall Auditorium, Misson Bay, and via livestream:

Chronemics expert Dawna Ballard, PhD in a facilitated discussion to: Uncover hidden assumptions about time that may be negatively affecting your quality of life– personally and professionally; research that shows why work-life balance programs can be ineffective in helping manage stress; identifing the time frames of your work to become more strategic in planning work activities; develop a shared literacy in chronemics – time as it is bound to human connection.

Pursuing Gender Equity at UCSF - a panel discussion download PDF
(on 9/13 in Cole Hall). Women in Life Sciences and the Science Policy Group brought UCSF leadership and trainees together for a discussion of gender equity issues, highlighting current efforts and identify issues for further focus. The discussion was simulcast.

Chancellor's Diversity Awards - nominations for 2016 have closed.

AAMC-UCSF Study: Disability Access in Medical TrainingThis qualitative study of physicians and learners (residents and medical students) with disabilities concluded in June 2016,

Our Diversity Grand Rounds was April 13, 2016, featuring Dr. Paula Braveman and her talk, "What Creates Health Disparities? The Crucial Role of the Brain."

Women in Neurology workshop on CV Preparation and the Advancement Process by Melissent Zumwalt. Simulcast at Parnassus Neurology library and Mission Bay on January 20th at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Women in Neurology and the Neurology Diversity Committee.

Reflections on the 2/24 Teach In on “Injustice and Health”.

The Reading Room
    Academic Medicine, Implicit Racial Bias in Medical School Admissions
    The New Yorker, Lean Out: The Dangers for Women Who Negotiate
    The Wall Street Journal, Women at Work: A Guide for Men
    The New York Times, Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg on Discrimination at Work
    The New York Times, Dr. Paid Less: An Old Title Still Fits
    American Neurological Association, Women of the ANA 2015 Annual Meeting Luncheon
    JAMA 2012, Gender Differences in the Salaries of Physician Researchers

Committee Chairs

Nerissa Ko, MD
Paul Garcia, MD

Committee Members

John Betjemann, MD
Sarah Corr
Caroline Crooms, MD
Rosalie Gearhart, RN, MSN
Heidi Kirsch, MD, MS
Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD
Karen Parko, MD
Nicole Rosendale, MD