UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHICANX/LATINX ADVISORY COUNCIL (CLAC)
The Chicanx/Latinx Advisory Council (CLAC) to the President of the University of California met virtually last week to discuss its agenda of priorities to guide UCOP and each of the UCs especially in a time of COVID-19. The CLAC is currently comprised of two representatives from each of the UC campuses appointed by UCOP Provost Michael Brown. The UC Davis representatives who are serving the second of a two year term are AVC and Professor of Law Raquel Aldana and History Professor Lorena Oropeza.
The CLAC discussed the importance of adopting equitable responses to ameliorate as much as possible COVID-19’s impact on UC faculty, staff and students. This includes giving serious consideration to the permanent extension of admissions policies around the use of standardized tests; promoting the employability of staff whose jobs have been compromised; and supporting our undocumented students who may not be eligible to receive federal aid from their institutions through the latest coronavirus response bill, the CARES Act, and who are enrolling in greater numbers without DACA or who face the potential end of DACA.
The CLAC also discussed ongoing efforts and the urgent need to promote representation of Latinx leaders and faculty at all levels within the UCs and at UCOP. Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement Yvette Gullat joined us the CLAC for this discussion to celebrate the recent hire of Theresa Maldonado UCOP as vice president of the Office of Research and Innovation. VP Maldonado joins UCOP after serving most recently as Riter professor of engineering and professor of electrical & computer engineering at the University of Texas (UT), El Paso. VP Gullat noted the critical role of adopting best practices for hiring and cultivating diverse leaders, as outlined in the 2018 CORO recommendations. The CLAC continues to weigh in with letters on its vision and priorities for leadership in some of the most important hires happening in the system.
Finally, the CLAC is currently selecting a graduate and undergraduate student representative based on an exceptional group of nominees from the various campuses, led by UC Davis by Professor Oropeza. The CLAC will also be putting in place a process to selecting alumni representatives to the body.
SERGIO MARAVILLA JOINS HSI TASKFORCE
The UC Davis Hispanic Serving Institution Taskforce has remained as an advisory group to provide ongoing engagement and oversight with the recommendation of the UC Davis HSI Taskforce Report. Efren Díaz, who graduated in 2019 with a degree in Chicana/o Studies, will continue his service as an alumni member of the Taskforce. Alicia Garcia, a PhD candidate in Education will remain as our graduate student representative. We are incredibly grateful to Efren, Alicia, Professor Natalia Deeb-Sossa and Dr. Cirilo Cortez, for their enormous efforts to ensure student voices were heard and valued in the Report. We are excited to welcome Sergio Maravilla as our undergraduate student representative of the Taskforce.
Sergio Maravilla is a first-generation college student from Modesto, CA. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Development as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociocultural Anthropology. He completed internships with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in Sacramento and a capitol office internship with California legislator. He has studied abroad twice; once in Vienna, Austria in August 2019 as well as Kathmandu, Nepal in December 2019. In addition to his academic and professional excellence, we selected Sergio for his visible and effective leadership on this campus. At UC Davis, he has taken on many important leadership roles as building manager for the Student Community Center, tour guide for the university, and At-Large Member for Chancellor May’s Undergraduate Advisory Board. As well, he is highly involved with the Latinx community, being the founder of both the Chicanx Latinx Collegiate Association at UC Davis and the Latinx Leadership Council which he considers to be his proudest accomplishments for his undergraduate career.
2020-21 FACULTY SCHOLAR NOMINATIONS for CAMPSSAH and CAMPOS
The Center of the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Social Science, Arts, and Humanities and Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science are accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 cohort of faculty scholars. Department Chairs, in consultation with Deans, may nominate candidates that have been selected to interview for a UC Davis Academic Senate faculty position within the current recruitment cycle/academic year if they meet one or more of the review criteria. The nomination materials for the 2020-21 cohort will be accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline of May 1, 2020. Find more information for CAMPSSAH here and for CAMPOS here.
2020 ADVANCE SCHOLAR AWARD
CAMPOS is excited to announce the call for nominations for the 2020 ADVANCE Scholar Award. The ADVANCE Scholar Award program is available for mid-career and senior Academic Senate and Academic Federation faculty who advance diverse perspectives and gender equity in STEM through their teaching, research and service. Two 2020 ADVANCE Scholar Awardees will be selected, one from the Academic Senate and, new this year, one for the Academic Federation. The recipients will receive a small cash award and will deliver a distinguished campus lecture in fall 2020 at the Award Symposium. Nominations can be made by UC Davis faculty, staff, postdocs and students. Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2019. Visit here to nominate a STEM faculty member.
DIVERSITY EDUCATION and TRAINING CLASSES and WORKSHOPS
Our OCCR team is working to increase our diversity and inclusion training for campus departments. In doing such, select trainings/courses have been modified for Zoom participation. Please complete our Needs Assessment form to request trainings for your department and or unit; you may also email firstname.lastname@example.org directly with questions or for additional information.
ANTI-BULLYING TRAINING on ZOOM
New sessions of anti-bullying scheduled. The sessions have been modified for Zoom participation and links will be provided after registration. To enroll, please register via LMS.
AVC Hendry Ton is giving a presentation on Anchor Institution Mission (AIM) to the Sacramento Building Health Communities Program Community Health Initiative. Adrienne Lawson, Director of Institutional Culture/Climate & Community Engagement, presented on AIM for Community Health to the Oak Park Neighborhood Association. AVC Ton was also invited to join the board.
Additionally, AVC Ton will present at the upcoming UCOP Health Diversity and Inclusion Task Force on the topic of faculty diversity.