Waking to a different country, alternate universe. Feeling that the values I was raised with have been demolished. Questioning whether equality, truth, knowledge, justice, or respect are held in any regard by the citizens of this country. I am terrified, sad, angry, ashamed. I go through the day feeling emotions sway, my resolve is tested, my strength is being tested, my conviction is being tested.

The Do No Harm Coalition views the 2016 Presidential Election of Donald Trump as a heavy reminder that illness, injustice and mistrust exists within the fabric of our society.

In the aftermath of the election, the past several days have been difficult for me. As a woman and a scientist with a set of Mexican grandparents, the results of this election have made me incredibly emotional — especially when I start thinking about how this feels for all of my fellow Americans who are women or people of color or immigrants or non-Christians or LGBTQIA or refugees or veterans or disabled individuals or any other group explicitly victimized (crying babies at rallies?) by the President-Elect during his campaign.

I woke up at 6:40 in the morning after a night of fitful sleep. Bleary-eyed, I grabbed my phone off my nightstand and refreshed the election coverage I had been following with great difficulty the night before, but the outcome hadn’t changed.

By Ray
Given the recent events surrounding the presidential election, I find it hard to scribble about the topic I originally had intended to delve into: love. I mean, in such a packed city, how do I find so many single people who just can’t find the one to swipe right? I planned to make some profound statement about our hopeless yearning for romance through a screen, and just the general lack of intrigue happening on campus — but in light of what has happened, I think the real question is where is the love?

An unexpected advantage of introducing a new curriculum has been the fervent solicitation of student feedback. Through a renewed emphasis on feedback and change, first-year students will not only cross Bridges, we will help build it.

As a clinical laboratory scientist working at a UCSF lab in Mission Bay, I’m proud that my work helps diagnose illnesses and select the right treatments for patients.

How does UCSF stack up when it comes to gender equity? A panel discussion of high profile UCSF administrators uncovered some good and not-so-good practices during the September 13 session entitled “Pursuing Gender Equity at UCSF.”

The following is the open letter written to Mayor Ed Lee voicing the concerns of the Do No Harm UCSF Coalition. Dear Mayor Ed Lee, as healthcare professionals serving the people of San Francisco, we believe that police brutality in this city is a grave public health concern. We are witnessing an epidemic of police violence disproportionately taking the lives and opportunities of people of color, demonstrating patterns of racism and flagrant violations of public safety.
It’s been a pleasure and privilege serving you as Editor-in-Chief this year. This will be my final piece as Synapse’s Editor-in-Chief. I’m graduating before Synapse will return in the fall, and as this is the last week of publication before Synapse wraps for the summer, I wanted to give some reflections on the year.