Racial Affinity Caucusing Group

Race-based affinity group meetings are a space for UCSF residents and fellows to deepen anti-racist work and process the impact of racism on ourselves and our community. The group creates a space to talk about experiences of racism, privilege, and allyship. 

Why have affinity groups based on race? 

RAGC recognizes that the work that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are doing to process, heal, and dismantle racism is different from the work thaft white people need to do. This article explains the importance of having protected spaces for people to process. A few programs, including Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, have piloted race based caucusing over the past 1-2 years; participants have reported that the space has been extremely valuable for processing, healing, reflecting, learning and engaging in antiracism work.

When and Where?

There will be four sessions throughout the academic year, via zoom, usually in the evenings. We host majority of these sessions in the evening time, so that GME learners across sites and programs could have access to the sessions. We also try to add on sessions to support our trainees depending on what's going on socio-politically in our community and country at large. 

What Will Happen During Sessions? 

The facilitators will lead small and large group discussions related to your experiences of racism and bias. This is not a didactic session, but rather space to hone skills, deepen and contextualize understanding, while also sharing and exploring your experiences.

Which Group Should I Attend?

We are asking people to self-identify and attend the group(s) of their choice. You are welcome to attend more than one. 

Race-Based Caucusing Schedule for 2021-2022

RAGC for People Who Identify as Black/African American RAGC for People Who Identify as People of Color RAGC for People Who Identify as white
Thursday, September 2, 2021 | 6-8pm Monday, August 30, 2021 | 6-8pm Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 6-8pm
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 6-8pm Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 6-8pm Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 6-8pm
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 6-8pm Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 6-8pm Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 6-8pm
Thursday, April 28, 2022 (HEAR Justice Learners Only) Thursday, April 28, 2022 (HEAR Justice Learners Only) Thursday, April 28, 2022 (HEAR Justice Learners Only)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 6-8pm Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 6-8pm Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 6-8pm


Our Group Facilitators

Black/African American identifying group facilitators
Leanna Lewis, MSW
Leanna Lewis, MSW (she/her/hers)  


Dannielle McBride, MD
Dannielle McBride, MD (she/her/hers)


Jamila Nightingale, MSW
Jamila Nightingale, MSW (she/her/hers)


People of Color identifying group facilitators
Raul Gutierrez, MD
Raul Gutierrez, MD (he/him/his)


Corina Iacopetti, MD
Corina Iacopetti, MD (she/her/hers)


Jon Lee, JD
Jon Lee, JD (he/him/his)


White identifying group facilitators
Camila Cribb Fabersunne, MD, MPH
Camila Cribb Fabersunne, MD, MPH (she/her/hers)


Paul Irving
Paul Irving (he/him/his)