A Message from Chancellor Gary S. May:
I am delighted to join the campus community in supporting the values and goals contained in this Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision for UC Davis. I want to acknowledge and thank the many students, faculty, and staff who came together to reflect upon their experience, engage with others, and create a path toward a stronger and more productive campus community. I can hear your voices in this document; I commend you for your honesty, your passion, and your creativity. The community’s broad vision encompasses themes of outreach and access, and a commitment to inclusive working, learning, and living environments for all members of our community. I look forward to integrating your recommendations into a strategic plan for UC Davis.
As I begin my tenure at this great university, I want to express my commitment to making UC Davis one of the most diverse and inclusive universities in the country. I believe that it is essential to our mission as an institution of higher education and as a land-grant university to continue to provide equitable access to education and opportunity.
For the ongoing success of this initiative, I must count on your continued and meaningful engagement in its implementation. Make this a living document. Breathe life into it to ensure that its aspirations are realized and grow in this community that we love so much. Together, we can foster a culture that nurtures success, deepens our regional engagement, and integrates concepts of diversity, inclusion, and equity into everything we do.
A Message from Vice Chancellor Adela de la Torre:
We are proud to bring this vision for diversity, equity and inclusion to UC Davis. From the beginning of this effort, our focus was on not just the plan we would create, but on how we would create it. That process, which began a little over three years ago, involved broad engagement of our UC Davis and extended community. This assembly of student, staff, faculty, and community stakeholders in the Yolo and Sacramento counties was critical to the success of this initiative. My thanks go to all those who participated, and I hope you will continue to play a role in implementing this vision.
As the success of our Innovation Grant program has already shown, it only takes a small group of individuals to make a difference. The many examples identified throughout this plan from UC Davis units and individuals who are excelling in this work illustrate the existing energy and talent that will continue to propel this plan forward.
This vision is intended for every member of our campus community and will help integrate diversity and inclusion efforts within our new campuswide strategic plan. As the Chief Diversity Officer, I look forward to working with schools, colleges, departments and units to develop localized implementation plans and strategies. My charge, and what this vision charges all campus leaders with, is to provide support, resources, and reinforcement for your efforts.
Today, we stand in a liminal space between who we are and who we aspire to be as an equitable and inclusive university. I look forward to continuing to work with this wonderful community on these issues that are so integral to our purpose and success.
Read the Executive Summary
Read the Strategic Planning Process
Read the Recommendations
You can download a PDF version of the plan here.