Creating a learning environment for the world's best 21st century physicians requires a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
UCSF School of Medicine is committed to achieving the goal of advancing health worldwide which requires continual work to ensure that the environments in which medical students learn, care, and discover are not only diverse but open, equitable, and inclusive. UCSF School of Medicine believes that equitable and inclusive environments are essential to our students' experiences and produce physicians that become leaders in high-quality patient care, effective learning, and cutting-edge discovery.
Collaborative work at UCSF is underway to address both structural racism and interpersonal biases that contribute to inequities in healthcare for patients and education for students.The School is developing and implementing strategies that will increase diversity in the academic community, train all learners to more effectively treat diverse patient populations, deliver more equitable care to our communities, design clinical research that is more inclusive of minorities and people from underserved groups, and eliminate disparities in accessing medical education opportunities.
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Evolve Benton (pronouns: they, them, theirs, or my name) is the Equity and Inclusion Manager at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Evolve has a passion for social justice. Evolve identifies as a black, queer, boi (born obviously incredible). Evolve is a prominent writer, speaker & racial justice educator. In 2018 Evolve published their first poetry collection SIR: poetry dedicated to boihood & black queer love. Also, they co-produced their first independent film, The BOI DOC.
Evolve describes themselves as an artistic spirit using creativity as a form of liberation. Evolve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Dillard University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a LGBT Specialization and Master of Fine Arts from Antioch University of Los Angeles.
Evolve Benton provides the following services for the School of Medicine:
- Evaluates and implements diversity, equity and inclusion programs
- Leads advising for underrepresented student organizations
- Develops diversity, equity and inclusion best practices
- Develops Differences Matter Orientation
Are you interested in getting involved in Differences Matter, learning about how to communicate across difference or looking for UIM mentorship? Our UIM Faculty Advisors can support you with that.
Charlene Blake, MD, PhD
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Faculty Co-Lead, Differences Matter, Group 3
Andre Campbell, MD
Department of Surgery
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Denise Davis, MD, FACH
School of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Academy on Communication in Healthcare Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Since 2015, communication and racial bias has been incorporated into new student orientation as students first set foot on campus at the beginning of their medical school careers. During this orientation, students discuss microagressions, unconscious bias and what diversity, equity and inclusion mean as future physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine has an active community of cultural registered campus organizations including the Association of Native American Medical Students, White Coats for Black Lives, LatinX Medical Student Association, Pride in Medicine and the Student National Medical Association. Browse our student groups below and learn more about the latest events, news and opportunities organized by these groups.
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
Mission/Purpose: We are an organization of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of APIA communities through education, outreach, advocacy, and service.
Annual Programs: Faculty/student dinners, elective around APIA issues, undergrad mentorship with Mabuhay Health Center, API Heritage Month, Chinatown community health workshops, and more!
Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS)
Mission: ANAMS at UCSF is an organization of health professions students who self-identify as Native American, or allies, who are working together to advance representation of Native Americans on campus. ANAMS at UCSF also promotes cultural understanding and an awareness of the health disparities affecting Native American/Alaskan Native peoples through educational programs and campus events.
Annual Programs: Native Health Elective (fall), Native American Heritage Month programming (November), Native@UCSF Retreat
Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA)
Mission/Purpose: To recruit and support individuals in the healthcare professions who strive to improve the access and delivery of healthcare to Latinx and medically underserved populations. The LMSA chapter at UCSF seeks to promote this mission as well as to provide a network of support to its members.
Annual Programs: Latinx Heritage Month, ASW UIM Welcome Event
Pride in Medicine (PrideMed)
Mission/Purpose: PrideMed invites queer medical students and allies to come together as a community. Our mission is to provide a welcoming and open environment for all queer medical students and to validate the unique challenges that our community members face in our current healthcare system as both patients and trainees.
- PrideMed Welcome Mixer: Annual welcome event for the newly accepted students. This is a great chance for the new class to mingle with the old! (October/November)
- Drag Show at UCSF: Although this is not organized by just PrideMed, the planning committee has been led by members of PrideMed historically. (November/December)
- LGBTQIA+ Health Forum: This is an interprofessional event. However, many PrideMed members get involved as committee members and volunteers to invite speakers, plan logistics, etc. (February)
- Many smaller events such as Interprofessional LGBTQ+ Mixer, Bay Area Queer Med Student Mixer, Applying to Residency as a Queer Student Panel, Reflecting on Queerness Tea Time, and more!
Student National Medical Association
Mission/Purpose: The Student National Medical Association at UCSF is a collection of Black medical students committed to engaging with local Black communities, providing mentorship to Black students, and challenging health inequities that exist in our society. By providing support and mentorship to current and future Black medical students, we hope to rectify the current lack of Black physicians and help cultivate physicians who will be dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved communities. We will focus on establishing educational pipeline programs to increase the representation of Black students in both higher education and the medical field. We will also work with and learn from our local Black communities, both at UCSF and in the greater San Francisco region, to engage in meaningful service and community building opportunities.
Annual Programs: Cut Hypertension, Med Student for a Day Conference, Black History Month Programming Series, Collaboration with NexGeneGirls, Participation in the Annual Medical Education Conference
White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL)
Mission/Purpose: WC4BL’s mission is to “eliminate racial bias in the practice of medicine and recognize racism as a threat to the health and well-being of people of color.” We work to actualize this mission through organizing nationally, engaging with local communities, and participating in efforts to move UCSF SOM to anti-racist curricula and student support services.
The goals of WC4BL include: Eliminating racial discrimination in health care and preparing future physicians to be advocates for racial justice.
Annual Programs: Racial Justice Report Card, Work with WISE Health SF to facilitate a series of sexual wellness and lifestyle classes for older adults at the George Davis Senior Center in the Bayview, Curriculum improvement project(s), Annual die-in anniversary
If you would like to add a School of Medicine Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Event to our calendar of events, please contact Equity and Inclusion Program Manager Evolve Benton.