A Welcoming Space
UC Oracles is a Toastmasters club for the UCSF community. We provide a forum for public speaking to support personal growth.
Applause for All
Develop stronger communication skills through speeches & impromptu speaking sessions.
Supportive Community
Our club is friendly and non-competitive and we warmly welcome drop-in guests.
Leadership Training
Gain leadership skills as a club officer.



UC Oracles Toastmasters meets every Thursday (except the first of the month) from 12-1pm in Room N-417. Guests are welcome to attend any of our meetings! Just walk in or contact us if you have questions.

UC Oracles was established on June 6, 2001 by a mid-management group oriented towards staff development. Our club is open to the staff, faculty, students, researchers, post-docs and residents of UCSF. We are sponsored by the UCSF Academic Business Officer’s group (ABOG) and UCSF’s Human Resources Development and Training program.

Our mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop outstanding communication and leadership skills, fostering self-confidence and personal growth.

Meetings are held on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursdays from 12-1pm in N-417, in the Nursing building on the Parnassus campus.

To reach the Nursing building:

  • Enter 513 Parnassus (the Medical Sciences building)
  • Walk through and take the diagonal stairs on the right to exit the building
  • Take the straight path to the Nursing building
  • Walk straight through the ground floor, turn left and take the stairs or elevator two floors up OR walk up the stairs, turn left, and take the stairs or elevator one floor up.
  • Meetings are held in N-417 unless other arrangements are noted online.

For information on UC Oracles Toastmasters Club membership, please contact Anneliese Taylor.

For information on attending a UC Oracles Toastmasters Club meeting, please contact Farhad Paylakhi or Lia Banie.

For more information on Toastmasters, visit toastmasters.org.

Officers (July 2017-June 2018)

President: Lia Banie
Vice President, Education: Deborah Reiter
Vice President, Membership: Anneliese Taylor
Vice President, Public Relations: Farhad Paylakhi
Secretary: Nancy Mutnick
Treasurer: Tiffany Nguyen
Co-Sergeant-at-arms: Andres Elenes, Maria Elena De Guzman