UCSF honors Nancy Pelosi for leadership on HIV/A.I.D.S. 

The UC San Francisco Institute for Global Health Sciences honored U.S. House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi for her efforts in supporting people with HIV and A.I.D.S. throughout her career.

Pelosi was presented with the first ever Bay Area Global Health Alliance Leadership Award at an Oct. 30 event, which UCSF hosted in collaboration with the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, Public Health Institute, San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to a UCSF press release.

“On behalf of the entire UCSF community, it is my great honor to convey my heartfelt gratitude for your leadership in HIV and for our longstanding partnership to advance health care and biomedical research,” UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood said in the press release.

Hawgood praised Pelosi for working to create the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program — a program designed to assist people from low-income backgrounds with A.I.D.S — early on in her career. He also acknowledged Pelosi’s increase in funding for HIV prevention, care, treatment and research. 

In accepting the award, Pelosi spoke about her first speech in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1987, where she called for the U.S. to take initiative against the A.I.D.S. crisis. 

“My first words on the floor of the House were about HIV/A.I.D.S. And people said, ‘Oh my gosh, why did you say that?’” Pelosi said. “I said, ‘I came to Congress to fight HIV/A.I.D.S.’”

UC Davis student group hosts controversial speaker Riley Gaines, students protest

Davis College Republicans, a republican student group at UC Davis, hosted former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines at the UC Davis Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 3.

According to a UC Davis press release, about 100 protesters gathered outside the center before and during the event. 

Gaines, who lost a University of Kentucky swimming competition to a transgender athlete, has publicly criticized the inclusion of transgender female athletes in women’s collegiate sports.

The UC Davis Police Department reported two assaults during the event, as well as several instances of vandalism. Four people were turned away at the door for refusing to show identification. No one requested medical attention, and the UC Davis Police Department did not make any arrests.

“UC Davis is committed to ensuring that all members of our community, including transgender and nonbinary people, are treated with dignity and respect and are able to flourish on our campus,” the press release read. “As a public university, UC Davis is dedicated to the First Amendment and the pursuit of knowledge through the free, open and non-violent exchange of ideas.” 

A version of this article appeared on p. 2 of the Nov 9, 2023, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Alex Levin
Alex Levin (he/him) is the University News Editor for the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Levin was the Assistant News Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. He can be reached at alexlevin@dailynexus.com.