March/April 2013  
In This Issue
EXCEL Graduates Move Forward
UCSF Mission Bay Hospital Update
Mission Hall Breaks Ground


EXCEL Program Graduates Continue Moving Forward
EXCEL Feb 2013
Janice White, Shawnte Beck and Laloni Jones celebrate at the EXCEL graduation luncheon
Surrounded by nearly 100 friends, family and newfound UCSF colleagues, 13 San Francisco residents celebrated their completion of the EXCEL (Excellence through Community Engagement and Learning) Program at UCSF's Millberry Union Conference Center on Feb. 28.

After completing a four-month paid internship in either a UCSF campus or UCSF Medical Center department, the graduates move into UCSF's Interim Staffing program which will assist them in finding ongoing temporary assignments.

Laloni Jones, a resident of Bayview-Hunter's Point who interned with the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes, was selected by her classmates to provide keynote remarks at the graduation: "Through this experience we have become stronger individuals, more confident and empowered. We are more self-aware, culturally aware, but most importantly, more employable," she said.

Many of these EXCEL graduates have indeed found themselves to be more employable. Seven of the graduates were either offered an extension within their host department or placed elsewhere at UCSF in a temporary work assignment.

UCSF's EXCEL program has a history of success in providing skills training and a paid work internship to San Francisco residents. Since its inception in 1998, the program has graduated more than 170 community residents, with a large percentage of graduates obtaining career employment at UCSF.  In partnership with UCSF's community-based training partner, JVS, the program has been expanded to offer two training cycles a year.  The expansion of the program is made possible by generous financial support from the San Francisco Human Services Agency, Mayor's Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Walter & Elise Haas Foundation, San Francisco Foundation and the Foundation.

For more information about the EXCEL program, contact Damon Lew at
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Local Hiring Update

During October and November 2012, 23 percent (October) and 21 percent (November) of total construction hours logged in the building of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay were completed by San Francisco residents. For the period January to November, the latest available data show that 22 percent of the total work hours were performed by San Francisco residents.  


These statistics reflect ongoing efforts toward UCSF's voluntary goal of having 25 percent of total work hours performed by city residents during calendar year 2012.  Please visit the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay's website to learn more about the project as well as view monthly hiring reports.


Community members interested in applying for UCSF construction employment opportunities should contact UCSF's partner, Mission Hiring Hall, at (415) 865-2105. A Submission of Ready, Able and Qualified Local Craftsperson form can also be downloaded on the  UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay website and submitted to

UCSF Breaks Ground on Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building   
Mission Hall  
Construction has begun on the newest development at UCSF's Mission Bay campus. The project located at Block 25a is for the Mission Hall Global Health and Clinical Science Building. The facility will allow UCSF to have one physical location for global health researchers, scientists and students, and will foster the University's vision to be a leader in global health sciences.

The new building, situated at the corner of 4th and 16th streets, will house approximately 1,500 faculty and staff. It will include space for the entire Global Health program, as well as for clinical faculty working in the hospitals across the street. It also will provide space for the UCSF chancellor and for several academic research units that currently lease facilities off-campus.

Members of UCSF's Community Construction Outreach Program -- including representatives from Mission Hiring Hall (MHH), Aboriginal Blackmen United (ABU), the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), Brightline Defense Project (BDP) and Laborers' Local 261 -- met with general contractor, Rudolph & Sletten, to discuss the implementation of UCSF's local hiring policy. 

UCSF aims to ensure that 30 percent of the construction workforce responsible for building the Mission Hall facility are San Francisco residents in 2013.  The Mission Hall facility is scheduled be completed by the fall of 2014. 
B25A Team
(L-R) Orrian Willis (MHH), Joseph Scott (Local 261), Jackie Flinn (APRI), Alex Prince (ABU), Kelli Quinn (R&S), Josh Arce (BDP), Mick Penn (MHH), Bob Rycerski (R&S), Dustin Komen (R&S)