Political activism is a critical part of UCSF culture. In the years since the White Coats for Black Lives Movement launched, UCSF has come far in uncovering and addressing structural oppression in many of our institutional structures and systems. We must continue to work to cultivate a health care workforce that sees that true justice and equity cannot happen one person at a time—it must be the result of collective evolutionary pressures and revolutionary acts. UCSF is a microcosm of the broader world, and there is a lot of work to be done toward achieving racial justice.
UCSF staff and faculty are encouraged to use their voices to speak up for what they believe in. As a public institution and non-profit organization, there are some rules around how UCSF employees can engage in political activities on behalf of UCSF.
The Guidelines for Advocacy at UCSF explain the ways in which you can and cannot engage in political activity in your UCSF capacity, and offers clarity on the distinction between advocacy on behalf of UCSF and personal advocacy.
The Social Media Policies for UCSF Hosted or Branded Accounts detail the procedures for developing messaging that is shared through official UCSF channels, like department social media pages or blogs. They also describe when it is appropriate to note your UCSF affiliation when posting opinion pieces, and when you should include a disclaimer that those opinions are your own and not representative of UCSF.