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Last spring, the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity awarded $126,000 to 30 different individuals and groups on campus to help implement the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision.

We received more than one hundred proposals from which fifty-nine finalists were chosen. We received proposals from staff, graduate and professional students, faculty, and undergraduates. Those finalists pitched their ideas in a public forum that were then voted upon by audience members that helped the selection committee make their final choices.

We are so proud of the innovative, grassroots thinking that went into these projects. In grants the ranged from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, the UC Davis community embraced the principles of the strategic vision and contributed to the efforts making this a diverse and inclusive campus.

A sampling of the ideas funded include:
Interprofessional Central Valley/Highway 99 Road Trip of the Summer Institute on Race and Health Leading to a deeper understanding of the intersection of culture, race, place, and the role they play as social determinants of individual and community health, which is integral to providing high quality, equitable health care with effectiveness and cultural humility. Participants learn more about the community histories, disparate health statuses, and health care resources, and social determinants of health affecting the diverse Central Valley.

Undergraduate Research Speaker Series To increase the number of students participating in research prior to graduation, especially underrepresented minority students, this team executed a series of inspirational workshops featuring prominent, diverse speakers who participated in research as undergraduates and graduate students.

Share You Created a multimedia dialogue about diversity and inclusion, and how members of our UC Davis community promote it and live it. Includes in-person, digital, and written submissions from UC Davis faculty, staff, and students and posted on a new Share You website.

Racial Healing Project Hosted by the Research and Education Community Advisory Board, created a safe space to foster dialogue on healing and resiliency among academic and community partners to proactively strengthen our collective ability to acknowledge racism and discrimination that is affecting many members of our institution and community at-large.

Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Track Provided a mentored summer research experience in the Department of Public Health Sciences. EOP-eligible or underrepresented minority students gained hands-on experience in one of the many types of research activities conducted by faculty in the department, from epidemiology of health disparities, to environmental health and health policy. 

Stay tuned for the 2018 Innovation Grant call for proposals soon. An announcement will be posted in the News section of the website and on our Facebook page.

Here is a more complete list of grant awardees:

Undergraduate Research Speaker Series

To increase the number of students participating in research prior to graduation, especially underrepresented minority students, this team executed a series of inspirational workshops featuring prominent, diverse speakers who participated in research as undergraduates and graduate students.

Share You

Created a multimedia dialogue about diversity and inclusion, and how members of our UC Davis community promote it and live it. Includes in-person, digital, and written submissions from UC Davis faculty, staff, and students and posted on a new Share You website.

Research and Education Community Advisory Board (RECAB) Racial Healing Project

Hosted by the Research and Education Community Advisory Board, created a safe space to foster dialogue on healing and resiliency among academic and community partners to proactively strengthen our collective ability to acknowledge racism and discrimination that is affecting many members of our institution and community at-large.

SOMA - Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy

To enhance the visibility of successful underrepresented minorities in neuroscience and educate our campus community about psychological issues that contribute to continued oppression of minority groups, organized a speaker series consisting of scientists from underrepresented backgrounds.

Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Track

Provided a mentored summer research experience in the Department of Public Health Sciences. EOP-eligible or underrepresented minority students gained hands-on experience in one of the many types of research activities conducted by faculty in the department, from epidemiology of health disparities, to environmental health and health policy.

Building Bridges and Brave Spaces: Towards documenting and integrating undocumented voices at UC Davis

Developing an approach for further inclusion and integration of undocumented immigrant students and their communities in partnership with the University of California Undocumented Legal Services Center.

 

Arab Heritage Month

Events to bring public awareness to Arab diversity, to educate and promote the rich Arab culture and heritage to the student body at UC Davis.

 

Transfer Empowerment Series & Transfer Empowerment Day

As the number of transfer students increase, so should the number of support services for this unique population of transfer, re-entry and nontraditional students. Explores the intersections of these identities along with the transfer student narrative through our Transfer Empowerment Series and culminate in a Transfer Empowerment Day.

Graduate Student of Color Post-Graduate School Series

A professional development opportunity for graduate students of color to explore academic positions in higher education, thereby promoting research, teaching, public service, and training. This series consisted of lunchtime sessions with academic faculty and staff, and a dinner keynote session

Interprofessional Central Valley/Highway 99 Road Trip of the Summer Institute on Race and Health

Leading to a deeper understanding of the intersection of culture, race, place, and the role they play as social determinants of individual and community health, which is integral to providing high quality, equitable health care with effectiveness and cultural humility.

Gender Health Center's Transgender Health Care Needs Assessment

Gender Health Center (GHC) has been an empowering community resource for anyone who self identifies or is perceived to be gender variant. A free-student run clinic was made by partnering with UC Davis School of Medicine to reduce health disparities in this community and train new medical students, current providers and advocates on the intricacy of transgender health care.

Broadening Horizons Video Project

The Viticulture & Enology department created a high-quality video sending a message of inclusiveness and equity to a diverse range of students to engage, recruit and send a consistent message to prospective UC Davis students.

Graduate Diversity Orientation Program Extension (GDOPx)

A student-initiated expansion of the existing Graduate Studies Graduate Diversity Orientation Program (GDOP).

Women of Color Scholars Inclusion Project (WOCSI)

Opening up institutional spaces supportive of women of color and their research; building an intellectual community, mentor graduate students, increase the visibility of our scholarship, and document our experiences.

Bearing Witness: How the art of storytelling in medicine can help physicians better understand their patients, colleagues, and themselves.

Participants attend a “Narrative Medicine” workshop, a novel method of creating a culture of empathy amongst physicians and physicians-in-training by providing a tangible skillset, which allows for self-reflection and discussion of personal experiences in medicine.

Human Library

Built around the principles of the Human Library, an international movement that challenges discrimination through dialogue using the analogy of a library as a framework for interaction. “Readers” engage in a short conversation with the goal of achieving greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion.

Diversity and Inclusion in Intercollegiate Athletics at UC Davis

Expansion of two existing programs to create a stronger diversity and inclusion infrastructure within ICA that will increase diversity education for students, coaches, and staff within the Athletic Department.

Horizons Are Not Boundaries

Designed to provide undocumented/AB 540 students with the opportunity to be able to explore natural areas within the Putah Creek Watershed.