The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is now under investigation for its UCSF Fresno Obstetrics and Gynecology Scholarship for Visiting UiM Students – 2022, which illegally discriminates on the basis of race/ethnicity in violation of Title VI and on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in violation of Title IX.
In response to a complaint filed by Do No Harm senior fellow Mark Perry, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has opened a federal civil rights investigation into this discriminatory scholarship, as it restricts eligibility to visiting medical students who are “UIM” (underrepresented in medicine). According to the UCSF website, “UIM includes a member of the LGBTQ+ communities or underrepresented minorities as described by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development which includes: Black, African Americans or Africans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians, Native Americans or Alaskan natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders and Asians (other than: Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, Malaysians, Pakistanis, Asian Indian, and Thai).” The application asks students for their preferred name and pronouns and their race/ethnicity.
Applicants who are awarded the scholarship are provided with student housing, application fees, tuition fees, and up to $1,000 for travel and transportation costs.
Because of eligibility criteria that excludes applicants based on race/ethnicity and gender identity/sexual orientation, this program violates both Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX, which prohibit such discrimination.
Have you been excluded from a scholarship or fellowship at your medical or nursing school because of discriminatory inclusion criteria? Do No Harm wants to hear from you, and you may remain anonymous if you wish.
Get up to speed with the threats facing healthcare – and how we’re protecting patients and physicians.
"*" indicates required fields