The Black Heritage Month Gala
50th Anniversary of the Black Caucus (1968-2018)
Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Police Violence (June 2020)

Welcome to the Black Caucus

The Black Caucus was founded in 1968 from the direct action of UCSF staff who advocated for change.


Our mission:

The Black Caucus is a forum open to all Black-identified individuals and allies on this campus. Here they may openly express themselves regarding matters of race as they affect life on the campus and in the community. The Black Caucus serves as an instrument for the formation of a Black consensus on those racial matters that affect every person on this campus. This consensus will then be presented to the Administration for appropriate action.


Get Involved

How do I join the Black Caucus?


Register for the Black Caucus via MyAccess: Group Portal (Campus Groups) to ensure our active UCSF roster is current:

  • Log into MyAccess
  • Select Group Portal from the application list
  • Search for Black Caucus
  • Complete registration steps to register as a member
Attend our monthly meetings

First or second Monday of the month, noon-1 p.m. via Zoom.


(calendar invite with link & password distributed via listserv a week before the meeting)

How do I add my email to the Black Caucus listserv?

Click here to subscribe to the Black Caucus listserv


Can I donate to the Black Caucus? Yes!


History of the UCSF Black Caucus Part I
History of the UCSF Black Caucus Part II

Current & Ongoing Initiatives:

Professional Development Network
  • Prioritizes activities that support the advancement of Black staff
  • Monthly meetings with ~40 attendees on average before COVID

Social Justice Committee

  • Newly formed Committee focused on advocacy and community building
  • Providing support to non-profit organizations through mentorship, funding, and collaboration.





        Launch of Benioff Children’s Hospital
        – Oakland Black Caucus

        • Co-Directors, Stephanie Brown & Abdur Shemsu
        • In just 4 months, more than 70 members
        • "See Us" Portrait Project - To frame portraits of people of color in high traffic areas of the hospital.

        In response to recent events, the Black Caucus has issued

        a collective Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Police Violence



        In line with our statement, Chancellor Sam Hawgood

        and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet have created

        UCSF's Anti-racism Initiative