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President Drake addresses priorities, UC values, equity and more at his first Town Hall

On Friday, Aug. 28, UCOP welcomed President Michael V. Drake, M.D., for his first Town Hall. Claire Holmes, senior vice president, External Relations and Communications, moderated the conversation.

President Drake began the Town Hall with a welcome address in which he thanked UC students, faculty and staff at all locations ­­— including campuses, medical centers and UCOP — for their supportive welcome and steadfast commitment to the university, its values and its goals, particularly in light of the challenges presented by COVID-19.

He then answered pre-submitted questions from UCOP staff, which were presented by:

  • Francesca Galarraga, Organizational Consultant, UCOP Culture, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion (Oakland)
  • Darryl Brown, Building Manager and Employee Transportation Coordinator (UCPath Center)
  • Karin Rice, Paralegal Specialist, UC Legal (Oakland)
  • Sabrin Said, Administrator of Academic Services (UC Washington Center)
  • Eric Heng, Acting Director, Student Policies and Governance (Oakland)

With more than 1,200 colleagues tuning in, Dr. Drake touched on issues he would like to see the university address; his perspective on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and his personal experiences of racism; priorities for his presidency; his high school job at Tower Records in Sacramento, California, and more.

Watch the recorded session here

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