About the Black Caucus
For more than five decades, an instrument of change, community building, and professional support

About Us


Founded in 1968 (50+ years strong and still running!), the Black Caucus serves as an instrument of change, community building, and professional support. As the oldest culturally-based affinity group in the UC System, the Black Caucus is built on a foundation of social justice advocacy. During the Civil Rights Movement Black workers at UCSF, known as the “basement people” because of their disparate working conditions, went on strike to advocate for change. The Janitors Strike at UCSF was the catalyst for institutional change that resulted in recruitment and retention efforts for historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. Current leaders of the Black Caucus strive to uphold the legacy of our founding members.

Founders & Legends


Black Caucus Pioneers Recognized with UCSF Medal Award

In 2022, UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood honored three of the Black Caucus pioneers with the UCSF Medal in recognition of their advocacy for equal opportunity and treatment at UCSF: Freeman Bradley, Charles Edgar Clary, and David Johnson. See more on the 2022 UCSF Medal Award Recipients.


50th Anniversary Commemoration

In 2018, during our 50th Anniversary Commemoration Gala (1968-2018) we celebrated our organizational founders and highlighted our rich cultural history through an oral history documentary video series of their experiences and actions in the caucus as well as archival projects. Sections below:


Annual Black Caucus Gala (2018)

Gala 2018


With over 300 attendees, the 28th Annual Gala featured keynote speaker Mayor London Breed and University Leadership.

The Black Bulletin Special Gala Edition Flyer


Teju Rice interviews legendary BC Elder Elba Clemente-Lambert in 2017 for History of the UCSF Black Caucus - Part I.


The Janitors' Strike Video (Dir. Shipra Shukla)

UCSF Black Caucus Oral History Interviews

The History of UCSF Black Caucus - Part I

Filmed 2017, premiered at 2018 Gala

Interviewees: John A. Watson, PhD, David Johnson, Joanne Lewis, Barbara Thomspon, Elba Clemente-Lambert, Hon. Alice Lytle

The History of UCSF Black Caucus - Part II

Filmed 2018, premiered at 2019 Gala

Interviewees: Charles Clary, Crystal Morris, Phoenix Sinclair, Joe Bluford, Fred Logan, BC Reunion at Joe Bluford's home

Videographer: Lawrence Rickford
Production Team: Marisa McFarlane & Teju Rice
Contributors: Dr. LaMisha Hill & Polina Ilieva
Sponsored by: The UCSF Black Caucus / Office of Diversity and Outreach

Black Caucus Archives

If you have pictures, videos, writing / meeting notes, event flyers, or any other BC-related archival material, consider donating to the archives.

Our team has been updating the metadata for the photos on our digitized records and Elba Clemente-Lambert (pictured above) is credited as a creator / photographer for 311 items.

As a donor for the Black Caucus records collection under "Immediate Source of Acquisition - A substantial portion of this collection was compiled, preserved, and donated to the archives by Elba Clemente-Lambert."

Black Caucus Digital Archives on Calisphere

UCSF Library Archives

Black Caucus Digital Archives on Calisphere
Black Caucus collection grid on Calisphere's Black Caucus Digital Archive



Black Caucus Elected Officials


Open / preside over all meetings, announce business before the assembly in the order to be presented and acted upon

Vice Chair:

Duties are those of the Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson


Holds and dispenses the funds deposited, writes financial reports each quarter, and submits a financial summary for the annual Gala


Recording officer of the Black Caucus and keeper of the records, except as specifically assigned to the officers



Manages communications team including tasks of

Monthly newsletter: The Black Bulletin, Listserv, MS Teams, GroupPortal, email, social media management, and website management


Membership Outreach:

Manages roster contact list of caucus members, tables at events, outreach / recruits new members, and shares information


Steering Committee:

The governing body of the Black Caucus including elected officials, committee chairs, and 6 members at large with interest


Current Steering Committee (2022-2023) - VIEW LIST (Sign In - Box)


Black Caucus Organizational Chart

Black Caucus Bylaws (Sign In - Box)