About SF BUILD Writing Retreats

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The SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) team is excited to have you join us for our 5th annual retreat on held on Monday, June 14th from 10AM – 1PM & Wednesday, June 16th from 2PM – 5PM all live on Zoom. SF BUILD has traditionally hosted two annual writing retreats in person at off campus locations in the Bay Area (i.e., Mercy Center in Burlingame and Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma), however, due to the pandemic we are moving to a virtual format for Summer 2021. We looking forward to resuming in person writing retreats when it’s safe to do so.

If you’ve ever felt like you never have time to write because of your busy schedule, this retreat is perfect for you. You’ll be joined by 40+ researchers from SF State and UCSF via Zoom. The aim of the writing retreat is to give you dedicated time without interruption to focus on your writing. There are opportunities to get 1-on-1 feedback from seasoned writing consultants if you’re thinking about submitting a grant proposal, manuscript and etc. We hope you’ll take full advantage.

SF BUILD is a project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce program. SF BUILD is led by San Francisco State University in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). SF BUILD’s Principal Investigators are Drs. Leticia Márquez-Magaña (SF State), Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo (UCSF) and Tung Nguyen (UCSF). This event is led by Dr. Alicia Fernandez who leads the Research Engagement Core (REC) of SF BUILD. The Writing Retreats are funded through NIH Grant #RL5GM118984.


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Benefits of Attending

Maximizing Writing Assistance

We encourage all prospective attendees who would like a thorough review of their writing product to submit a draft no later than May 28th, 2021 to Sonny Vernard ([email protected]). You can still take advantage of a 1-on-1 30 minute consultation at the retreat on June 14th & 16th without submitting a draft beforehand, however, by sending in advance you’ll give our writing consultants more time to give detailed suggestions on improvement.

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Future Retreat

Those attending this virtual retreat will be placed on the priority list for the SF BUILD overnight writing retreat in Summer 2022 at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma if it’s safe to meet in person. Some reasons to attend Summer 2022 Westerbeke Ranch Retreat include:

  • Overnight lodging is provided for FREE.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

  • Peaceful location in the heart of Sonoma.

  • Cool research peeps to network with.

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Writing Consultants

Alicia Fernandez, MD

Dr. Fernandez is Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General where she practices primary care medicine and attends on the medical wards. Her expertise is in health and health care disparities, with a strong focus on diabetes, Latino health, immigrant health, and language barriers. Dr. Fernandez is an active mentor of students, residents, fellows, and faculty. She is the Director of UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations Program in Latinx and Immigrant Health and recently awarded a four-year HRSA grant to create a UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE).

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Bob Hiatt, MD, PhD

Dr. Hiatt is Professor and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and the Director of Population Science and Associate Director of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests include cancer epidemiology, especially breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, health services and outcomes research, the social determinants of cancer, and environmental exposures in early development related to cancer. His central focus at UCSF is building a strong transdisciplinary research and training program in epidemiology with a focus on cancer population sciences.

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Jessica Mankus, PhD

Dr. Mankus received her PhD in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology from the University of Mississippi. Her dissertation work focused on a secondary regulatory system for opioids. She then transitioned into research development where she is able to help cultivate and communicate specific knowledge to broader audiences. Dr. Mankus is a Grants Development Specialist at SF State.

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Camille Mojica Rey, PhD

Camille Mojica Rey is a scientist turned writer. She writes about the business of biopharma for Life Science Leader magazine, personalized medicine for Clinical OMICs magazine, and creating a new kind of healthcare system for UT Austin’s Dell Medical School. Camille also conducts one-on-one writing coaching sessions and facilitates writing retreats. She has a B.A. in Biology from UT Austin, a PhD in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, and a certificate in Science Communication from UC Santa Cruz. After nearly 25 years in California, Camille returned to her hometown of Austin in April 2016 with her husband, a biotech scientist, and three children.

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Event Organizers

Sonny Vernard, MPH, MPP

Sonny is a Senior Project Analyst at UCSF working on the SF BUILD Project. He is a Diversity & Inclusion professional with over 10 years of experience working with first-generation and underrepresented college students interested in health careers. He supports professional development activities for students and faculty participating in SF BUILD. He also leads digital strategy efforts by promoting the SF BUILD project on social media, video editing and designing websites specifically for SF BUILD.

Devon Espinoza, BS

Devon is SF BUILD’s Program Coordinator. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University earning a Bachelors of Science in Health Education. She has previous experience in Program Planning and Evaluation which she utilizes in her current role at BUILD.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Starts Monday, June 14th at 10AM
Live on Zoom

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