Anesthesia Staff Committee for Elevating and Nurturing Diversity (ASCEND

Mission and Values Statement


The Anesthesia Staff Committee for Elevating and Nurturing Diversity is dedicated to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for underrepresented staff by advocating for a more diverse representation in staff leadership and in decision making processes, and by creating opportunities for staff professional growth and continued education around diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to advocating for staff diversity and equity to achieve a welcoming, inclusive environment where race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, different abilities and other characteristics are celebrated and recognized as essential to our overall UCSF mission of advancing health worldwide.

Values – Statements of Principle

We recognize that staff diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling UCSF’s mission of serving the public and advancing health worldwide.

We celebrate diversity as a core value in our organization. (See more about UCSF’s PRIDE values here)

We understand the value of a diverse community where different voices are respected and included in discussions and decision-making processes, poising us to be creative, innovative and successful.

We focus on ensuring equitable access to organizational opportunity, advancement and development, including a more diverse representation in positions of power and authority.

We strive to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work; create workplaces that reflect the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.

We commit to adhering to these values in recruitment, retention, promotion, talent management, staff and leadership development and succession planning.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in our organization.

ASCEND Team: Serena Smith, Martie Santos, Mario Sanchez, Byron Decuire, Morgen Ahearn

Serena Smith, Central Education Coordinator and HR Liaison

Martie Santos, Academic HR Liaison

Mario Sanchez, Executive Administrative Officer

Byron Decuire, Respiratory Care Therapist

Morgen Ahearn, Admin Officer, Communications