Five Winners Chosen in Great People Events Contest

By Robert Hood on November 06, 2018


This summer, UC San Francisco faculty, staff, trainees and students were invited to dream big in the Great People Events Contest. The contest, launched by Campus Life Services Wellness & Community (formerly known as Arts & Events), invited ideas for events that would build community and support wellbeing, engagement and inclusion at UCSF.

Laura Ishkanian, manager for strategy and initiatives for Wellbeing Services & Operations at CLS, said the contest received 75 entries. “We were excited to receive applications from faculty, campus, trainees and students and a mix of campus and health system. Our team selected 15 finalists to present to a selection committee of stakeholders from the campus and UCSF Health.”

Ishkanian said five winners were chosen and their selection was based on broad appeal and because they filled a void at UCSF. “We chose events that weren’t already being done in some way,” she said. Winners include:

The Human Library, an event in which people are the “books” sharing their diverse experiences with the attendees who are the “readers.”
• A fun Popsicle Pop Up in which popsicles are handed out to faculty, staff and trainees at one or more campuses.
• An appreciation event for underrepresented students in medicine to recognize staff members who help them on their path to become doctors.
• An expanded C.A.R.E. Day, which provides self-care opportunities for employees at the Benioff Children’s Hospital, to serve a larger community.
Women’s Day, an event celebrating women at UCSF.

A Wellness & Community team member will partner with winners to ensure the success of their event by determining the best location, time and event structure, as well as help with communication to promote attendance. Wellness & Community will provide on-site event support as needed.

For Nerissa Ko, MD, professor of neurology, and other members of the UCSF Committee on the Status of Women, the Great People Events contest helped them reimagine their campus-wide event celebrating the contributions of women at the university.

“We have partnered with women’s groups at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and at Mission Bay, but as small volunteer groups, we struggle with outreach and engagement in our vast multi-site campus. The Great People Events Contest gives us the opportunity to expand our vision.”

To read more about the genesis behind each winning event from the entrants, visit Campus Life Services Wellness & Community.

Photographed above are UCSF students Shakkaura Kemet and Dereck Paul, who submitted the appreciation event for underrepresented students in medicine to recognize staff members who have helped them on their path to become doctors.