We are delighted to announce that Kendra Hypolite, MSW, LSW, joins UCSF today as the inaugural CARE Advocate for Racial Justice. Kendra will serve as Co-Director with Denise Caramagno, MA, LMFT, who has led the UCSF Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) program since its inception in 2015.
In this newly appointed position, Kendra will provide confidential support, assistance and advocacy on behalf of UCSF community members who are experiencing discrimination based on their race, ethnicity and/or national origin and other protected categories. CARE Advocacy includes assistance in coordinating services on behalf of the survivor in all areas, including Student Services, Faculty Staff Assistance, UCSF Police, coordination of legal advocacy, medical advocacy and other assistance and services.
The UC CARE Advocate program was originally established in 2014 by former UC President Janet Napolitano with the goal of helping survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault. UCSF is the first UC campus to expand the program by hiring a CARE Advocate dedicated to providing confidential support to members of our community who have experienced racial/ethnic harassment or discrimination. This new role was developed as part of the UCSF Anti-racism Initiative, and Kendra’s arrival marks a significant milestone on our path to becoming a more safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus and health system.
Kendra received both her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, earning her Master’s in Social Work and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Societies with a concentration in Global Health. Prior to joining UCSF, Kendra worked at ETR, an Oakland health equity nonprofit, where she focused on Black women’s health and Black infant health projects. Prior roles include supporting students and post-doctoral fellows with children at the University of Pennsylvania Resource Center, working as a psychotherapist at a therapy practice serving the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia.
Please join us in welcoming Kendra to UCSF as we expand the support and resources we provide for all members of our community.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor
Renée Chapman Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach
Chief Diversity Officer, Chief Outreach Officer
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