Postdocs: Supporting you before and after the upcoming election

Dear Postdocs,

Across higher education, the UC campuses, and UCSF, people are deep in discussion about the upcoming presidential election. Please know that we are here to support you regardless of the outcome. At UCSF, numerous campus units have been engaged in developing resources to support postdocs. We have summarized some of those offerings below:

·         Your physical and mental well-being are crucial, and we encourage you to take advantage of wellness resources available to you, many of which are offered for little or no cost.

·         Are you an international scholar? Please check in frequently with the International Students and Scholars Office for up-to-date events, resources, and guidance.

·         Do you think you might want to modify your career plans because of the outcome of the election? The career counselors in the Office of Career and Professional Development are available for free, individual career advising appointments.

·         Are you seeking ways to connect with people you know at UCSF? The Graduate Division has provided voluntary trainings to staff and faculty to equip them with the tools to hold online gatherings for learners in a way that will help connect you to one another, share your thoughts, and feel safe. See who has completed this training.

·         Do you need additional or alternative opportunities to connect with others? The Office of Diversity and Outreach continues to provide programs and resources to support the campus community during these challenging times, including mediation and community circles. Postdocs are welcome to attend their events.

·         Are you looking for ways to support your BIPOC colleagues? Consider attending the Graduate Division's second quarterly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Anti-Racism Town Hall on October 27.

·         Remember to mask your face, not your voice! If you are eligible to vote, please do it today! If you are not eligible to vote, please encourage those who are to vote. See voter information and resources.

·         Do you need help with a specific situation? Assistant Dean Monsalve is available for free, individual advising sessions. Make an appointment.

·         As always, we will continue to update announcements, events, and resources on the postdoc website.

We acknowledge that the election results may have disproportionate impacts on different groups and individuals in our community. We encourage you to review Talking About Race and Inequity in Science – a Guide for Students and Postdocs.

As always, we remain grateful for your continued commitment to UCSF’s PRIDE values during these uncertain times.

In solidarity,­­

Liz and Gabi

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Elizabeth Watkins, PhD
Dean, Graduate Division
Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs
Professor, History of Health Sciences
she/her/hers

Gabriela Monsalve, PhD
Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Scholars
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
she/her/hers