University farm dorms and office, 1912

History of DEI at UC Davis

Here is a list of important moments in our history of diversity and inclusion. (Something missing? Please e-mail Tom O'Donnell with the details and we'll get it added.) 

1914West Hall completed; first women students arrive on campus from UC Berkeley
1918Women admitted to Farm School
1919Disabled veterans receive vocational training at University farm
1928Celeste Turner (Wright) becomes first regular woman faculty member and first Ph.D. in humanities at Davis

University of California Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) established by the U.C. Regents

UCD established a scholarship program for the “culturally deprived” called the Educational Aid Program (EAP). By 1967-68 was sponsoring 15-20 students (9 self-identified Chicano student)

1967First Chicano Student Organization (C.S.O.) created at UCD to recruitment Chicano students to UCD. Name changed to United Mexican American Students (UMAS) in 1968
 Chancellor Emil Mrak meets with Drs. Roberto Haro (Researcher at UCD’s Institute for Government Affairs) and Rosemary Pangborn (first Chicana/o professor on campus – nutrition expert) on the employment of Raza staff in admissions, and in counseling roles that eventually became part of the EOP efforts at Davis.  Mrak is first Chancellor to support initiatives for Raza
1968UCD “Urban Crisis Committee” formed to develop goals and strategies for recruiting and selecting more minority students. Later that year, this committee was merged with EAP and became known as the UCD Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
1969Ethnic Studies program including African American and African Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American Studies, and Chicana and Chicano Studies established.
 First campus building named after a female faculty member, Gladys Everson Hall
 Native American Studies at UC Davis began as a program, originally housed within the Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
 Jesus Leyba appointed as “ Special Assistant to the Chancellor – Chicano Affairs”. Three UCD faculty F.T.E. made available to establish a Mexican American Studies program.  Gustavo Gonzalez, Gilberto Rojas, Beto Juarez.
1970Chicano (Mexican-American) Studies courses developed and taught by new faculty; History, Spanish and Linguistics.
1971Joe Singleton, Aggie athletics pioneer, hired as first African-American Athletics Director. A 1993 inductee into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame, he later was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
1972Chicanx/Latinx in Health Education (CHE) founded from a desire by students, the community, and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to increase the number of Chicanx/Latinx students interested in pursuing careers in the health field. Over the years, CHE at UC Davis has provided its members academic, professional, cultural and social support in order to succeed and ultimately pursue a graduate level education while also giving back to undeserved communities
 U.C. President’s Task Force presents report on the Status of Chicanos in the U.C. System, identifying paucity of numbers at all levels of faculty, staff and students. Report calls for system-wide programs of affirmative action, outreach, admissions. Committee headed by Dr. Jesus Chavarria, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Chicano Research Center at UC Santa Barbara.
1973The C.N. Gorman Museum established in honor of Carl Nelson Gorman, Navajo artist, WWII code-talker, cultural history, advocate for Native peoples, and founding faculty member of Native American Studies
1974Clinica Tepati established
1975Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate Director–Undergraduate Admissions, starts 28-year career at UC Davis. Campbell was a driving force and stalwart champion of educational opportunities for all people, especially those in underserved communities. Campbell is the namesake of student residence hall, Campbell Hall.
1978Regents of the University of California v. Bakke decided by the U.S. Supreme Court; the Court decided that affirmative action in college admissions was constitutional, but that racial quotas like those used by the University of California at the time, were not.
1981Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program founded
1985Native American Studies major established
 First continuous annual UCD Chicano/Latino Graduation Celebration
1987Casa Cuauhtémoc opens
1990UC Davis becomes one of the first institutions to implement a campus-wide community values statement (reaffirmed 2001, 2008, 2010)
 The first Soaring to New Heights multicultural celebration of diversity takes place at UC Davis
 Hunger Strike for Ethnic Studies; Hxstory of Cross Cultural Center
1993Diversity Awareness Workshops launch
1996Proposition 209 passes in California. UC issues its first guidance on enhancing diversity within the context of the new law
1998Graduate Program in Native American Studies Established, making UC Davis the second university in the country to offer a Ph.D. in the discipline.
2000Barbara Horowitz, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2000-09), led significant efforts to diversify UC Davis
 Diversity Trainers Institute established. The Student Affairs Task Force on Campus Community provided recommendations to formalize practices and procedures that would enhance support of campus diversity and the UC Davis Principles of Community. The Diversity Trainers Institute consists of UC Davis staff members who develop training modules/course curricula and serve as diversity trainers/educators for the campus, while also serving as instructors of the various diversity-related courses offered through Staff Development and Professional Services and Human Resources Learning & Development
2001Dr. Rahim Reed arrives at UC Davis, and UC Davis becomes the first UC campuses with a senior-level position and office (Office of Campus Community Relations) dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and campus climate
 Cruz Reynoso, joins the faculty at King Hall at UC Davis.
2002The UC Davis Community Book Project is established, one of the first of its kind at a major university
2004The Middle East/South Asia Studies (ME/SA) program and minor established
2005The Center for Reducing Health Disparities is founded at UCD Health
2006Diversity Statement adopted by the UC Academic Senate, UC President, and UC Board of Regents
2007Center for Regional Change opened
 UC Davis sets the aspiration to become an Hispanic Serving Institution by 2020

Office of Student and Resident Diversity established.

UC Davis’s diversity education program begins a significant expansion

2008The Middle East/South Asia Studies (ME/SA) major launched  
2008Kevin R. Johnson becomes First Latino Dean of UC Davis School of Law
2009UC Davis submits a “Diversity Annual Accountability Sub-Report” to the University of California, which effectively serves as the first diversity and inclusion strategic planning and accountability document for the campus
 UC Davis Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) center opens, conceived and operated by the UC Davis Department of Chicana/o Studies and is dedicated to inspiring local youth and reinforcing culture through silk-screening, mural painting and other classes
 Asian American Studies becomes a department
2010Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion established at UCD Health
2010Launch of the Principles of Community online course
2011Publication of the strategic plan, Excellence in People and Campus Climate: A Framework for Diversity, at UCD Health
 Maureen Stanton, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, led first implicit bias workshop for faculty search committee
2012UC Davis launches its ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program, with the aim of advancing women in STEM
2013Completion of the University of California systemwide campus climate survey
 First Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity and Inclusion appointed
2014UC Davis invests over 3 million as hiring incentives to hire CAMPOS and IRI scholars. CAMPOS established; Strength Through Equity and Diversity (STEAD) workshops implemented campus-wide, all members of faculty search committees required to participate in STEAD training every three years; established the Hiring Investment Program (HIP).
 Establishment of the UC Davis Police Accountability Board (PAB) in the Office of Campus Community Relations
2015Center for African Diaspora Student Success (CADSS) opens. The Center CADSS is a space for African and African American students to engage together in all aspects of life on campus. CADSS provides tools and resources that support students' developmental transformation, empowering them to maximize their potential and positively impact the UC Davis campus.
 Adela de la Torre becomes first Latina Distinguished Professor
 Principles of Community revised and reaffirmed
 UC Davis Faculty Salary Equity Analyses releases; plans for annual salary equity adjustments implemented; created option to submit faculty candidate diversity statements
2016Forbes ranked UC Davis #1 on list of the 13 most important STEM universities for women
 Partnership with Pathways to the Professoriate
2017Gary S. May appointed as first African-American and seventh chancellor of U.C. Davis
 Required faculty candidate diversity statements
 The Office of Academic Diversity is established within Student Affairs with the hiring of an Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity (AVCAD)
 Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success (CCLASS) opens
 Native American Academic Student Success Center (NAASSC) opens
 An Innovation Grants program is established to advance the goals of the Strategic Vision plan. In the first year, 30 different individuals and groups receive a total of $126,000 for their projects
 “Is It Bullying? Awareness and Strategies” learning module is mandated for all supervisors on campus
 Institutionalization of ADVANCE under Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, and other offices
2018Chancellor May constitutes the HSI Taskforce and charged it with making recommendations to improve the success of all our students, including our Chicanx/Latinx students, and to identify reforms and resources necessary to achieve these goals
 A new Vice Chancellor’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is established at UC Davis, bringing together four existing units: Campus Community Relations; Office of Academic Diversity; Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Davis Campus; and UC Davis Health’s Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Davis staff is co-located in 129 Mrak Hall, and a search begins for the Vice Chancellor
 Kevin Johnson Gains 3rd Term as Law Dean, the university's longest-serving dean among those now in office
 The African & African American living-learning community established in Campbell Hall (named after Leslie Campbell, see above 1975)
2019The UC Davis Chancellor selects Renetta Garrison Tull as Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
 HSI Taskforce issues its report, “Investing in Rising Scholars and Serving the State of California: What it Means for UD Davis to be a Hispanic Serving Institution”
 Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is renamed the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to reflect a reinforced focus on equitable patient care, community health and health outcomes.