GOAL 4 | HARNESS THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COLLECTIVE STRENGTHS AS A SYSTEM TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION
4.a. Establish UC Davis as the home for a system-wide R1 HSI Research Institute that sponsors collaborative research and pedagogical innovation, utilizing University of California campuses as laboratories for higher education reform.
4.b. Conduct a systematic review of UC Davis and UC-wide policies and practices that impact recruitment, retention, progression and graduation of Rising Scholars, and, when deemed necessary, propose changes to those policies and practices to structural barriers and other biases that impede sense of belonging and full development.
4.c. Develop a 10-campus Rising Scholars Pathways to the Professoriate initiative that innovates around outreach to undergraduate students, holistic admissions to graduate programs, outreach to graduate students and full utilization of the incentives around postdoctoral fellowship programs (PPFP, CPFP).
4.d. Address the ongoing crisis in representation of Chicanx/Latinx faculty by increasing funding for existing recruitment and hiring strategies. Expand the Impact Recruitment Initiative (IRI) to prioritize hiring of faculty whose teaching, research and service benefits Rising Scholars and their communities. Adopt the best practices in faculty hiring from the UC Davis 2018 UCOP Grant on Advancing Academic Diversity.
4.e. Adopt strategies to improve representation of Chicanx/Latinx staff at UC Davis—in some cases adapting best practices from the academic side—including financial hiring incentives and use of diversity statements in hiring and promotion.
4.f. Learning from some of the best practices under Title IX, establish trainings for recognizing and addressing Title VI and VII incidents in various contexts on campus and create victim informed mechanisms of support for faculty, staff and students.
4.g. Leverage the Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement and the Office for Research to incentivize, support and adopt best practices in public scholarship with Chicanx/Latinx communities and to produce innovative research to solve the urgent needs of society.
4.h. Develop stronger cross-department, cross institution and cross-system partnerships that operate under a set of aligned goals to better prepare Rising Scholars in California through the various stages of their education.