Great People Events

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Great People Events Contest. We received 77 applications and were amazed at the amount, variety and creativity of your on-campus events to celebrate the UCSF Community. After a review process which included the assistance of a Selection Committee we’re ready to announce the winners.

The winners are:

Human Library
Joanna Kang, data science and marketing coordinator, Library

Popsicle Pop Up
Heidi Truman, orthotist, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Underrepresented in Medicine Student & Staff Dinner
Shakkaura Kemet, second-year medical student

Expanded C.A.R.E. (Culture of Appreciation, Resiliency and Excellence) Day
Kathleen Grusenski, project manager, Volunteer & Guest Services (and BCHO C.A.R.E. Committee)

Women’s Day: Celebrating Women at UCSF
Nerissa Ko, professor of neurology (and Committee on the Status of Women)


•Contest is open to UCSF faculty, staff, trainees and students
•One entry per Great People Event idea
•Events must be on campus, and only for UCSF faculty, staff, trainees and/or students
•Events and event attendees must adhere to all UCSF policies
•Provide as much detail about your event idea as you want (all winners will have Wellness & Community’s help with event planning).


Contest entry period is open July 9th to August 17th. All entries must be received by the August 17th deadline.

A review committee will choose five (5) Great People Event winners. All winners will be notified no later than November 1st. All contest winners will work with a member of Wellness & Community to plan events. Events will be held before July 2019.

Contest Entry

The contest entry period closed on August 17th. Stay tuned for the announcement of winners this fall.


Q. Who can enter?
A. Any member of the UCSF community can submit an Great People Event idea: faculty, staff, trainees and students.

Q. How are the winning event ideas chosen?
A. Events will be chosen by a selection committee. Entries will be evaluated for impact, target population, budget, creativity and feasibility. The selection committee will aim for a diverse mix of events.

Q. How will Wellness & Community be involved in planning the winning event ideas?
A. A Wellness & Community team member will partner with winners to ensure the success of their event idea by determining the best location, time and event structure, as well as helping with communication to ensure optimal attendance. As needed, on-site event support will also be available.

Q. How are Great People Events funded?
A. Wellness & Community has a yearly budget for events that build community at UCSF. This year we are piloting a new approach where event ideas are dreamed up BY the UCSF community FOR the UCSF community, rather than by our team.