What is the purpose of P-20 Partnerships?

Since 2007, UCSF has partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and in 2016 established a newly formed partnership with Oakland Unified School District ( OUSD) with the purpose of closing the achievement gap by eliminating the predictive power of demographics. For far too long demographics, specifically the socio-economic, linguistic, and racial backgrounds of children have often been closely correlated to their success in school. We refer to this historical trend as the “predictive power of demographics.”

UCSF also recently approved its own strategic plan, which calls for a greater and deeper engagement with the K-12 community. The UCSF/SFUSD/OUSD Partnership is an opportunity operationalize the plan.

How is the SFUSD/UCSF partnership structured?

The UCSF/SFUSD/OUSD Partnership will focus on STEM education, college readiness and career exploration. In order to focus our efforts, we work intensively with SFUSD’s College and Career Department and OUSD’s after school organizations to leverage recourses and support programs that address barriers that prohibit student success.

How will the partnership better meet the needs of students?

The need to develop the potential that exists within all our students is self-evident. We all are aware of the significant demographic trends that are occurring in our state and nation. Now more than ever must tap the human capital of all our students.

Serving all students more effectively will require UCSF and its partners, both individually and collectively, to be transparent about those areas where new learning and strategies are needed. This process of learning will inevitably transform all organizations for the better and lead to a deeper and more meaningful partnership. We are committed to this goal.

Our youth are our most important resource. By working together to support their educational needs, we will prepare the next generation of leaders and lay the foundation for a stronger and more vibrant society.

How can you help?

UCSF is blessed with amazing faculty, staff, and students who care very much about their community. If you are interested in helping us serve the students of the San Francisco Unified School District, please call (415-476-7700 ) or email ([email protected]).