Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland - Black Caucus


  • Co-Directors, Stephanie Brown & Abdur Shemsu
  • More than 70 members
  • Advocating for and recognizing Black staff at BCH Oakland
    • "See Us" Portrait Project
  • Guest speakers, DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) discussions & initiatives



"See Us" Portrait Project

See Us Project Mission Bay Photos 6.1.22 (Sign In - Box)

To frame portraits of people of color in high traffic areas of the hospital.


On behalf of the BCH Black Caucus & the BCH Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Council


Dear BCH Colleagues,

After the successful launch of the See Us Project at BCH Oakland in 2021, we are excited to announce the expansion of the project to BCH San Francisco, thanks in large part to a generous Community Wellbeing Grant from UCSF Campus Life Services Wellness & Community.

The See Us Project – organized by the BCH Black Caucus – features portraits of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues from across the organization. The portraits celebrate the diversity that makes our community strong, while underscoring our commitment to creating a sense of belonging for our patients, families, and staff.

As a continuation of the critical efforts of our Diversity Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Council, we encourage everyone to consider how we can leverage resources to further advance our health equity-related programs. We also encourage you to share this initiative with your colleagues, friends, family, and others who want to learn more about BCH’s commitment to this important work.

The portraits of selected staff will be featured in pop-up banners in the front lobby of BCH San Francisco, the Shorenstein Family Café corridor, and the lobby of UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital, beginning Wednesday, June 1st. You can also get a sneak peek of our featured staff here

After viewing the portraits, please consider sharing your impressions by completing this brief, 1-minute survey.

Thank you in advance for helping BCH raise awareness of our diversity, inclusion, racial justice, and health equity efforts, which reflect our public mission and our commitment to building an anti-racist hospital system.

  • Special thanks to the following departments and individuals who helped make this project a reality:
  • UCSF/BCH Black Caucus members: Dr. Marsha Treadwell, Stephanie Brown, Tamara Brown, Lauren Franklin, & Abdur Shemsu
  • Executive Sponsors: Jamie Phillips, BCH Chief Operating Officer, George Weiss, Vice President of Operations, and Dr. Hanmin Lee, Surgeon-in-Chief, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
  • BCH DEI/AR Council: Henry Ocampo & Brandie Hollinger
  • BCH Foundation: Jessica Palmer, Alexis Martin, Jackie Kersh, Terry Fuetsch, Anthony Candito, & Erin Hickey
  • BCH Communications: Susan Toland & Kate Vidinsky
  • Campus Life Service Wellness & Community: Kathleen Yumul, Jennifer Mannix, & Yolanda Marquez
  • UCSF Documents & Media: Andre Thelemaque

If you have any questions about this project, please email Abdur Shemsu at [email protected]