Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS)
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that began in September 2012, a group of faculty at UC Davis embarked on a visionary project to expand the diversity of women in STEM. This NSF ADVANCE grant prioritized the growth of teaching, research, and service of Latina faculty in STEM. UC Davis matched NSF funds with an investment of over $3 million for incentive monies to promote faculty hiring and to compensate faculty who participated in the initiative.
CAMPOS helped identify, recruit and promote the hiring of 25 CAMPOS scholars as of October, 2018. CAMPOS created visibility for CAMPOS scholars individually and collectively, locally and nationally. CAMPOS hosted receptions to welcome new scholars and to celebrate their accomplishments and promote these in national journals. In addition, CAMPOS provided opportunities to CAMPOS scholars for faculty development, such as through Cafecitos—programming to get together on regular basis to share common experiences and discuss common issues, celebratory dinners, and the Leadership Institute—through which CAMPOS scholars were trained and had the opportunity to speak to lawmakers about their science. Finally, CAMPOS created a broader community of scholars by inviting other scholars on campus to become affiliates or participate in many of the CAMPOS-sponsored activities.