Letter to the Editor: In Support of Parents at UCSF
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Thank you for publishing Debbie Ruelas’ piece, “Dear PI, I’m Pregnant,” in the October 17 issue of Synapse. I started my PhD program with a 1-year-old daughter and was pregnant again in my third year. So Debbie’s experience struck a chord and gave me a reason to reflect on how I, like Debbie, was lucky to have an understanding supervisor back then.
I want students and faculty to know that I am committed to making UCSF a place where women (and men) feel supported not only as students, but also as parents.
On the practical side, the Graduate Division has instituted a program of child care grants for students who demonstrate financial need.
It is my priority to create a caring campus atmosphere at UCSF, in which students can do pioneering experiments, write original papers and dissertations and start (or, as I did, expand) their families.
Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs
Dean, Graduate Division