BCH DEI/AR Council strives to sponsor programming and educational events that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism within UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, UCSF, and the broader communities.


 Heritage Month Celebrations and Calendar


Arab American Heritage Month 2024

The achievements of Arab Americans are celebrated through the celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) in April. Arab America and the Arab America Foundation launched the National Arab American Heritage Month initiative in 2017, with just a handful of states recognizing the initiative. During this time, we celebrate Arab Americans throughout the past and present, and recognize their invaluable contributions to our country. It also serves as a time to combat Anti-Arab bigotry and to challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

Arab Talk with Dr. Jess Ghannam

Friday, April 19 | 11:30 am - 1 pm 

Hybrid - BCH Mission Bay, William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium (A1602A west side; room A) and zoom

Join us in celebration of Arab American Heritage Month with Dr. Jess Ghannam. This presentation is offered both inperson and zoom. Location for inperson is at BCH Mission Bay, MBH A1602 Auditorium. Food and refreshments will be served from 11:30 am - 12 pm. The presentation with Dr. Jess Ghannam will be from 12 pm - 1 pm, which can also be viewed through zoom.

Dr. Ghannam is a human rights activist and professor at UCSF. He lectures, writes, and conducts research on the health effects of war and occupation in Palestine and in the Arab World, where he travels frequently.


Blessing of the Hands

Tuesday, April 16

Bertha Wright Room 274, BCH Oakland

Once a year Spiritual Care offers a special blessing for all staff members. With a spritz of oil and words of gratitude, chaplains will bless the hands of employees to honor the work you do and the healing presence you bring. All hospital employees are welcome and Blessing of the Hands is not a religious event.

Drop In Hours:

  • 6:30 am - 8 am
  • 11 am - 1 pm
  • 3 pm - 5:30 pm
  • 6:30 pm - 8 pm

For any questions, please email [email protected] or Message us on Voalte.

Take Gentle Care,

Your Spiritual Care Chaplains


Previous Events


UCSF LGBTQ Committee Meet & Greet

Wednesday, March 20 | 5 pm - 6:30 pm 

LGBTQ Resource Center, MU102, Parnassus

Learn about LGBTQIA+ advocacy at UCSF and how to get involved with the committee. Refreshments will be provided. 


Music Therapy 16 Year Celebration!

Tuesday, March 5th

Please join us in celebrating the 16-year of the music therapy at BCH-Oakland!

  • 8 - 9 AM, Grand Rounds - Music Therapy in Pediatrics: Supporting Agency and Advocacy
  • 12 - 1 PM, Cake Music & Celebration in Bertha Wright Conference Room 

If you have any questions, please contact: Rechelle Porter [email protected]

International Women's Week: Envisioning the Future of Healthcare

Monday, March 4, 2024 | 12 pm - 1 pm 

Can you conceive a world that is radically different from the one in which we currently live in? We can create a reality or future that we have never seen or experienced. This discussion provides a forum for the freedom to reimagine what healthcare could become. We have a panel of women representing different areas of our healthcare system, who will share their ideas about the future.

Moderator: Laura Brotherton, MPH, FACHE, Director, Physician Services


  • Judie Boehmer, MN, RN, NEA-BC, FABC, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Joyclyn Garrette, M.S. Health Administration, FQHC Director
  • Hani Gutierrez, MSN, RN, CPNP, BCH Oakland Manager, Advanced Practice Providers 
  • Carly Evans, Health IT
  • Ashlyn Davis, Mental Health Lead Clinician


Black History Month 2024

This year we celebrate Black History Month with a theme of African Americans and the Arts.

African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans.

Red Bay Coffee Grand Opening

Wednesday, February 21

BCH Oakland Outpatient Center  

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of Red Bay Coffee in BCH Oakland's Outpatient Center. As a locally owned black business and one of Oprah's Favorite Things of 2023, Red Bay Coffee is a testament to excellence. With this new hospital vendor, customers will also be able to order food and beverages online and on their phone with the InstaEats app. (No more waiting in line!). Stop by to savor a delightful coffee or indulge in a tasty bite while enjoying live entertainment as part of the opening festivities.

Black Joy Parade

Sunday, February 25 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  

14th St & Franklin St Oakland, CA 94612

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals is excited to announce its participation in the 7th annual Oakland Black Joy Parade. We invite everyone to join us and proudly represent BCH during the parade portion of the event. The Black Joy Parade exists to provide the Black community and allies a live experience that celebrates the community’s influence on cultures past, present and future. Join us on Sunday, February 25 (Parade begins at 12:30 p.m.) in Downtown Oakland. 


CLCA Cafecito: How are Latiné People Also African Descendants? And other tales of Black-Brown Unity, Vol. 2

Thursday, February 29 | 12 pm - 1 pm (zoom)

Join the Chicanx Latinx Campus Association for an encore installment of our Cafecito series in honor of Black History Month. We’ll be joined by Roberto Ariel Vargas, MPH, who will lead an introductory conversation on how La Raza is descended from Africans and the impact of the African Diaspora on Latin America. They will share with our community other stories of Black-Brown unity. Our goal is to highlight the connective tissue between these communities and help foster a stronger sense of understanding and responsibility when it comes to anti-Black racism at UCSF, and beyond.
This event is free and virtual.

If you have questions, please reach out to Jae Rouse Iñiguez, MHSA, MA


Fireside Chat with BLOOM: Black Love Opporunity and Outcome Improvement in Medicine

Wednesday, February 14 | 12 pm - 1 pm 

Join us for a Fireside Chat with the founders of BLOOM: Black Love Opportunity and Outcome Improvement in Medicine, a new clinic that matches Black babies with Black healthcare providers to improve outcomes for both moms and kids.

BLOOM is a space where Black babies and families are seen by racially concordant providers who understand and share their lived experiences. These families have access to world-class health care; receive screening for traumatic experiences and mental health wellness; connect with services that address unmet needs; receive financial assistance to establish college savings accounts; and benefit from lactation support and post-natal nutrition, among other services.

This is a groundbreaking effort. There is nothing comparable to this initiative in the United States. With the launch of BLOOM, we are building a model for Black pediatric primary care that can be replicated across the country.


- Dayna Long, MD                                               - Kayla Karvonen, MD

- Javay, Ross, MD                                               - Justin Williams, MD

Moderated by Saun-Toy Trotter


The Black Caucus 32nd Annual Black Heritage Gala (Sold Out!)

Saturday, February 10 | 6 pm - 10 pm
Hyatt Regency (Embarcadero)

5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94102

Thank you to everyone who will be joining us for this year's Black Caucus gala at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. The sold-out event includes a no-host cocktail hour, community building, and dancing. We will be joined by hospital leadership from BCH and UCSF Health. 

No Host Cocktail Hour | Seated Dinner with Wine | Community Building | Dancing

Lunar New Year 2024 - Year of the Dragon

The Lunar New Year is an international holiday celebrated in many Asian countries, but not all, and the United States even has its own celebrations. 

Unlike western New Year's, the date of Lunar New Year changes depending on the year. But regardless of the date, each culture that celebrates the Lunar New Year has lasting customs, traditions and beliefs. In 2024, Lunar New Year begins on Saturday, February 10 and ends Saturday, February 24.



Brave Space Coaching Sessions for BCH Managers

Please REGISTER to attend one of the following Brave Space sessions.

  • Wednesday, October 4 at 10 am - 12 pm
  • Friday, October 20 at 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Friday, October 27 at 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Friday, November 3 at 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Wednesday, November 15 at 1 pm - 3 pm

More coaching sessions to come in 2024!

50th Anniversary Celebration of the UCSF Sickle Cell Center of Excellence 

November 2, 2023 UCSF Benioff Children’s Outpatient Center 744 52nd St. | Oakland, CA

This event marks five decades of groundbreaking research, compassionate care, and unwavering commitment to advancing the understanding and treatment of sickle cell disease.

Please join us for a celebration with music, food and inspirational speakers.


DEI/AR Awards 

Award Amount

Each award will be from $2,000 - $5000 (pending availability of funds), with a total of up to 6 awardees.

Eligible Applicants

UCSF BCH departments/units that have shown to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.  

Application Deadline

October 31, 2023, 5:00 pm PST

Project Period

December 1, 2023 – June 15, 2024

Día de los Muertos 2023

Monday, October 30 - Wednesday, November 8

We welcome staff to participate in our Community Altar by adding a written dedicaiton to a loved one htat has passed away and /or by sharing photos of your dearly departed. You are welcome to honor patients who've passed, but please use only their first initial in the dedication.

The Community Altars will be displayed in the following locations: 

  • BCH Oakland Cafe
  • BCH Mission Bay lobby 

Dedications can be picked up and dropped off in the following locations: 

  • BCH Oakland Family Resource and Information Center 
  • BCH Mission Bay Spiritual Services

Re-Envisioning Cancer Research in Asian American Populations: Data and Community

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 12 pm - 1:30 PT


The Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) is pleased to announce that Scarlett Lin Gomez, MPH, PhD is the 2023 Christopher N.H. Jenkins Award recipient. This award recognizes Dr. Gomez’s significant achievements in community-oriented cancer prevention and control efforts for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Dr. Gomez is a Professor in UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a key member of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she is part of the Population Sciences Program and a part of the Leadership Committee of the Prostate Cancer Program.

Dr. Gomez’s many accomplishments include the development of the California Neighborhoods Data System, a compilation of small-area level data on social and built environmental characteristics and has used these data in more than a dozen funded studies to evaluate the impact of social and built neighborhood environment factors on disease outcomes. Furthermore, she has significantly contributed surveillance data on cancer incidence, outcomes, and trends among distinctive Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic ethnic groups, as well as cancer patterns based on nativity status and neighborhood characteristics.  

Dr. Gomez’s impactful work and contributions to cancer data collection, research on multi-level drivers of cancer health disparities, and mentorship continues to aid Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, providing strategies for understanding and addressing their cancer burdens.

Dr. Gomez will be honored and speak at a virtual Jenkins Award & Lecture on Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 12:00-1:30 PM PST. Please register here to join us!

Filipino American History Month 2023 

Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the third largest ethnic group in California, after Latinas/os and African Americans. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California

Tambayan: A place for hanging out

Wednesday, October 18 | 5 pm - 6:15 pm 

Multicultural Resource Center, 500 Parnassus Avenue, MU102

The United Filipinx Association invites you to celebrate Filipino American History Month with Tambayan, which means "a place for hanging out" in Tagalog. Tambayan is a space where UCSF staff, faculty learners of Filipino descent and allies can gather to socialize, network, and support each other. Food and refreshments will be provided. Tambayan is both inperson and virtual.


 Latiné Heritage Month 2023

The people who make up the Latin American tapestry within the U.S. are as diverse as the various countries from which they come. Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicks off Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15, is ripe with opportunities to observe, celebrate and learn about the rich cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans in the overarching American story.

 Latiné Heritage Month Panel: Journey to Get Here Together 

Wednesday, October 25 | 12 pm - 1 pm 

Join our colleagues as they discuss their journey and other topics in alignment with the national Latine Heritage Month theme: of “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power and Progress in America”.  A raffle prize will be available at the end of the hour.


  • Hilda Diaz, CMI, Manager, Interpreter Services, BCH Oakland
  • Richard Flamburis, Division Administrator, Child Trauma Recovery Program, Department of Psychiatry
  • Klint Jaramillo, MEd, MSW, Executive Director, Resource Centers for Identity & Inclusion, Office of Diversity and Outreach
  • Crystal Loucel, MPH, MS, RN, UCSF SF General Health Promotion Specialist, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Susan Martinez, MS - HAIL, Senior Lean Consultant, QBI & Continous Improvement, BCH Oakland


Getting to Know Your LGBTQ+ Patients

  • Tuesday, October 3 | 12 – 1pm  zoom
  • Wednesday, October 18 | 12 – 1pm  zoom 

This live UCSF-tailored talk, by the former director of UCSF’s LGBTQ Center, will explore the real-life concerns of patients who are LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer). The Bay Area has long had one of the highest LGBTQ+ populations in the country—and LGBTQ+ people often turn to UCSF for their medical care. This engaging talk will discuss their healthcare-related hopes and needs—and how UCSF staff, in any role, can offer knowledgeable and welcoming care.

What do all the letters mean? What do LGBTQ+ patients worry about—and appreciate—in healthcare? How does healthcare go wrong—and right—for them? What are the particular concerns of transgender and gender-nonbinary patients?   What difference can a staff member make? These topics and more will be covered in this down-to-earth talk by Shane Snowden.

Shane, founding director of UCSF’s LGBTQ center from 1999 to 2012, has spoken, written, and consulted on LGBTQ+ health issues throughout the country for 20+ years, working with hundreds of health systems and health professional schools to increase knowledge and comfort around LGBTQ+ care.

Centering Our Stories - A Community Building Space for BIPOC Staff

Through storytelling, we will co-create a space where BIPOC staff can connect and strengthen their relationships with a restorative justice practice framework centered on our collective voices, expertise, and wisdom. This series is a partnership between the CARE Program, Restorative Justice Practices, and the Multicultural Resource Center. This series is open to all UCSF staff.

Get more information and register for sessions below or on the UCSF Calendar. Please share the series flyer.

Sessions and registration:


September 14, 2023 | 10 am - 11 pm 

Join us in kicking off Latiné Heritage Month with Cafecito. We’ll explore the different cultures that our CLCA communities represents and explore notions of diverse cultures and identities that exist in our families.

We had planned a beautiful gathering to kick off Latino Heritage Month with a hybrid event on Thursday, 9/14. Unfortunately, due to a multi-day visit from the Joint Commission, our hybrid event will be VIRTUAL ONLY, from 10:00am to 11:00am.

While we regret not being able to see you all in person, please BYOC* to our online event and visit with members of our familia on both sides of the bay. 

This event is online.

Sponsored by the BCH Chicanx Latinx Campus Association.


Oakland Pride Parade

Sunday, September 10 | 11 am - 12 pm 

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals will march is this year's Oakland Pride Parade!! Open to all UCSF students, staff, trainees, faculty and friends/family.

REGISTER to march

Time and Location

  • All marchers will meet at 10:30 am around Broadway and 14th St. - more details to come!
  • Parade ends at Broadway @ 20th 
  • We will have a BCH banner at the very front
  • Please do not drive to the parade. Streets will be closed along Broadway to accommodate the parade contingents. 
  • Use public transportation such as BART - exit 12th St/Oakalnd City Center BART Station
  • Bring your own water, sunscreen, and snacks.

For more info, please email us at [email protected]

Bloom:  Black Baby Equity Clinic Launch Party

Date:  Friday, July 14, 2023
Time: 11AM-2PM

Location:  UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland - Primary Care Building, 5220 Claremont Avenue, Oakland 94618

A family-friendly event with free food, music, and a fantastic lineup of guest speakers to commemorate the first-ever clinic specifically designed to care for black babies.

Click here for more info on Bloom 

Watch VIDEO on Instagram

End of Year Cafecitos

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

The Chicané/Latiné Campus Association (CLCA) will be hosting a 3-Campus Cafecito to celebrate the end of the CLCA calendar year, SF Pride, and our shared love of community over some pan y café. Everyone is welcome to attend as members of our communities and in solidarity with our communities.

We’ll be joining across campuses via Zoom, so please if you are at home or at your desk, log on for some love - we’d like to hear from you and get all the chismes!

If you can join us in person, we’ll have food and coffee at these locations:

UCSF - BCH Oakland

OPC Conference Room A
744 52nd St, Oakland CA
Hosts: Cristina y Ada

UCSF – Parnassus

Multicultural/LGBT Resource Center
500 Parnassus, MUE 102, SF CA
Hosts: Tracy y Jae


1001 Potrero Ave, Building 5,
7th Floor, 7M27, SF CA
Hosts: Naomi y Richard


See the VIDEO on Instagram

San Francisco Pride Parade

Sunday, June 25 | 10 am - 5 pm 

UCSF heads once again to this year's Annual San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Celebration & Parade! The first 250 to sign-up will receive instructions to pick up their event t-shirt; please sign-up before June 15.  Open to all UCSF students, staff, trainees, faculty and friends/family.

  • UCSF is contingent #27 under UCSF Alliance Health Project
  • All marchers will meet at 9:30 am - 10:15 am on Spear Street between Market and Mission, near the Embarcadero. 
  • Please do not drive to the parade. Streets will be closed near the Embarcadero to accommodate the parade contingents. 
  • Use public transportation such as MUNI and BART - exit Embarcadero Station.
  • Bring your own water, sunscreen, and snacks.

First 250 people to register for the parade contingent will receive a free UCSF Pride t-shirt!

See the VIDEO on Instragram

Mickel London Presents Music Medicine

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | Doors 7:30 pm, Show 8 pm

Location: Yoshi's Oakland | 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607

On behalf of the BCH Black Caucus and Mickel London Productions, we are thrilled to extend an exclusive invitation to Music & Medicine, an extraordinary event taking place on Wednesday, June 21st, at the iconic Yoshi's Oakland. This special evening aims to benefit and honor the 50th anniversary of the UCSF Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

Prepare to be mesmerized as we present an exceptional lineup of performers for this year's event. Joining us on stage will be none other than KTVU Channel 2's very own Joe Fonzi, accompanied by his sensational All-star band. In addition, we are privileged to welcome Grammy Award-Winning artist Samuelle, whose talent will undoubtedly captivate and inspire. And that's not all – the enchanting vocalist Yasmeena will grace us with her incredible presence and many more.

See the VIDEO on Instagram

Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom

Thursday, June 15, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

UCSF Oakland Outpatient Center, 744 52nd St., Oakland, CA 94609

This Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom promises to be an unforgettable event, where community members, healthcare professionals, and supporters come together to honor the significance of Juneteenth. Join us for a fun-filled event with raffle excitement, the prestigious Dr. Vivien T. Thomas scholarship presentation, black-owned business vendors, delectable food and drinks, and a wonderful performance by a live band. Let's commemorate freedom, diversity, and unity in a spirit of joy and togetherness.

Live Entertainment Music & Dance: 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Food & Prizes: 11:30AM - 12:30PM

Free Raffle: Free Chick-Fil-A For A Year

Back Owned Business Vendors 10AM-2PM

See the VIDEO on Instagram.

Lion Dancers at BCH! 

Friday, May 26, 2023

Lion Dancers from LionDanceME in San Francisco will visit both BCH Oakland and BCH Mission Bay on Friday, May 26, in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. The performance will include 2 Lions, ground routine, event blessing, releasing of scrolls, & photo-ops.

  • 11:15 am, performance at BCH Mission Bay auditorium
  • 12:45 pm, performance at BCH Oakland Redwood Cafe 

See the video on Instagram

Warrior’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Employee Resource Group’s (ERG) Potluck Mixer

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Chase Center 

Various UCSF AAPI (APASA, UFA, AAPI Coalition) groups were invited to the Warrior's AAPI Employee Resource Group's Potluck Mixer to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. This social celebrated Asian cultures through food while bringing our ERG’s together and foster future collaboration to help our communities. In additon to the social hour, AAPI DUBS provided a behind the scenes tour of Chase Center starting at 6:30 PM.  

See the VIDEO on Instagram

Status of Asians and Pacific Islanders at UCSF

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | 12-1 PM

Join us as we present the current status of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders within our UCSF community, including our AANHPI workforce demographics and Patient Experience by race/ethnicity and language.

Special Guests:

  • Jeffrey Chiu, VP/Assistant Vice Chancellor of Talent Management and Operations – Human Resources
  • Won Ha, Vice Chancellor Communications
  • Hanmin Lee, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
  • Lourdes Moldre, RN, MSN, ACNP, Patient Care Director, Office of the Chief Nursing Officer; President, Filipino Nurses Association
  • Alyes Wong, CoreCHI,  Business Manager, Interpreting and Translation Services


AAPI Leadership Panel

Monday, May 22 | 12 pm - 1 pm

We will have a dynamic conversation on identity, career trajectory, and AAPI workplace issues such as the bamboo ceiling with the following leaders:

  • Maye Chrisman, MBA, Vice Dean, Administration and Finance, School of Medicine
  • Clarice Estrada, MPA, Executive Director, Business Service Center, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost 
  • Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Professor & Associate Division Chief, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, SF Zuckerberg General Hospital
  • Tung Nguyen, MD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism, Office of Research

Moderated by William Ho, UCSF Medical & Graduate Student, School of Medicine & Graduate Division (Chemistry and Chemical Biology), Medical Scientist Training Program, Co-Chair, UCSF AAPI Coalition.


AAPIHM: Parenting with Cultural Wisdom

Friday, May 19, 2023 | 12 pm - 1 pm 

All parents have cultural wisdom that supports their parenting. This wisdom shows up in the values of a family such as hard work, respect, kindness, or service. It shows up in traditions such as cousins as your first best friends, religious rituals, or Sunday suppers.  Many of us also have generational trauma that impedes us from being our best selves. You experience this when your child's tantrum sends you into fight/flight. Or when you are struggling to get your kiddos out the door in the morning, and you scream at them then feel shame.

Join us to learn how to tell the difference between cultural wisdom and generational trauma. You'll learn concrete tools to embrace your traditions, interrupt your triggers, and heal old wounds.

Presenter: Ed Center is the founder of The Village Well, which provides parenting coaching and courses for BIPOC families, focused on attaining more joy, calm, and meaning in family life. 


Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Friday, May 5, 2023 |12 pm – 1 pm

Redwood Café at BCH Oakland main hospital

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a live Mariachi band and Special Menu! Sponsored by the BCH Chicanx Latinx Campus Association (CLCA) and the BCH DEI/AR Council.

There wil be a special menu provided by the Redwood Cafe at the BCH Oakland main hospital.

See the VIDEO on Instagram

Black Women in Leadership Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, March 30th | 4-5pm

  • Sheila Antrum, Senior VP/Chief Operating Officer at UCSF Health
  • Tonia Suber, VP and Chief People Officer, BCH
  • Rechelle Porter, Manager Child Life & Creative Arts, BCH Oakland 
  • Brandie Hollinger Quao, Unit Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Dr. Dayna Long, Medical Director, Center for Child and Community Health

Moderated by:

Saun-Toy Trotter, MFT, Clinical Director, School-Based Behavioral Health and Health Education

IWD: Conversations Across Generations - Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 12:10 pm - 1 pm

Join us in Conversations Across Generations in celebration of International Women’s Day. We are inviting women in their careers for over 20 years and pairing them with women who are just starting their career. 


  • Natalie Cvijanovich, MD, Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Oakland 
  • Priya Parikh, MD, Chief Fellow, Pediatric Hemotology/Oncology
  • Brenda Husband, BSBA/MBA, LEAN Certified, Manager of Compliance, Employee & Labor Relations
  • Yasmine Wright, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Moderator: Aday Robinson, BSN, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU DEI Committee Chair 


BCH Solidarity & Healing 2023

Wednesday, March 1 2023 | 12:30 pm – 1 pm

The UCSF BCH DEI/AR Council and Spiritual Care Services-West Bay held a space of solidarity and care, to honor all that we may be feeling on recent beating death of Tyre Nichols and the mass shootings within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. This time in solidarity with BIPOC communities also included a space of healing meditation.  

The 30-minute Zoom webinar included staff testimonials, a reflections and healing from Spiritual Care Services, and sharing of some opportunities for collective actions that our BCH community can take toward positive change.


Co-sponsored by the BCH DEI/AR Council, BCH Black Caucus, BCH Chicanx Latinx Campus Association, and the UCSF Spiritual Services

31st Annual Black Heritage Gala

Saturday, February 25 | 6 pm - 10 pm
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero 
5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94102

No Host Cocktail Hour | Seated Dinner with Wine | Community Building | Dancing

See VIDEO on Instagram

A Conversation on Black Advancement at BCH 

Join for an open conversation on Black advancement at Benioff Children's Hospitals. There are two separate conversations scheduled, both will be on Zoom.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 | 12:10 pm - 1 pm

Moderator: Julius Oates, MD, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

  • Vanessa Roshell-Stacks, MHA, Vice President of Ancillary and Support Services 
  • Lee Atkinson-McEvoy, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Chief Division of General Pediatrics

    Regional Executive Medical Director San Mateo, UCSF Health


Friday, February 24, 2023| 12:10 pm - 1 pm

Moderator: Marsha Treadwell, PhD, DEI/AR Co-Chair BCH Oakland, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine, Jordan Fund Endowed Chair, Department of Hematology/Oncology


  • Tonia Suber Allen, sHRBP, Phd(c), Chief People Officer/VP, People & Culture
  • Brandie Hollinger, MSN, RN, Unit Director PICU, Co-Chair BCH Diversity Equity Inclusion and Anti-Racism Council