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Top Reasons UC Davis is the Best for Diversity

UC Davis and UC Davis Health prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging- and that hasn't gone unnoticed.


Top Reasons UC Davis is among the Best

1. Our leadership

UC Davis excels in large part because of the diversity among its leadership and the value that comes with a variety of perspectives. While Forbes looks at the share of women who fill top executive or board positions at UC Davis, our Diversity & Inclusion Executive Leadership Team works with the Chancellor and Provost on equity and inclusion training opportunities for senior leaders, including vice chancellors, deans, chairs, and others.

Headshots of 12 women in leadership roles at UC Davis
Top Row L-R: Mary Croughan, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; Dana Topousis, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer; Renetta Garrison Tull, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Susan Catron, Dean, Division of Continuing and Professional Education; Estella Atakwana, Dean of Letters & Science; Clare Shinnerl, Vice Chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration.
Bottom Row L-R: Helene Dillard, Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Lauren Lindstrom, Dean, School of Education; Viji Murali, CIO and Vice Provost for Information and Educational Technology; Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Dean for Global Affairs; MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship; Susan Murin, Dean, School of Medicine.

2. Our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, founded in 2019, continues impactful work across the Davis and Health campuses, including Implementing our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision. One critical goal is broadening the diversity of faculty and staff by cultivating a diverse pipeline and ensuring that campus policies, departmental incentives, and funding models are aligned to make aggressive progress on hiring goals.

Renetta Garrison Tull, vice chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chancellor Gary May present this year's recipients with the 2022 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community.
Renetta Garrison Tull, vice chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chancellor Gary May present this year's recipients with the 2022 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community.

 

3. We're invested in cultivating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment

Produce, UC Davis Health, and people walking in fields
In 2019, UC Davis Health formally launched its Anchor Institution Mission (AIM) for Community Health. 

 

 

 

 

4. Our Employee Resource Groups

Our employee resource groups foster a sense of belonging for veterans, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with disabilities, women and others.

Latinx Staff and Faculty Association meets with Chancellor May.
Latinx Staff and Faculty Association meets with Chancellor May.

5. Our recruiting efforts

Our recruiting efforts target underserved communities with the message You Belong Here.

UC Davis recruitment efforts.

 

6. Our non-stop educational opportunities

Download the Race Matters guide to start addressing implicit bias in your workplace. 

Those in the offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Organizational Excellence offer educational opportunities that foster an inclusive culture and improve the employee experience for everyone.

 

7. Our Principles of Community

Our Principles of Community reflect ideals we seek to uphold and are shared widely, particularly during Principles of Community Week.

We affirm the dignity inherent in all of us, and we strive to maintain a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another.

"The Principles of Community mean every individual has the right to fully participate in university life: every person is valued equally; and the ability to question, disagree and to think new thoughts is at the core of everything we do as a university." 

—  Dr. David Lubarsky, CEO, UC Davis Health  Read more 

8. We ask employees for feedback

We ask employees for feedback on diversity, inclusion and belonging, and then take action.

9. We celebrate successes

Soaring to New Heights celebrates individuals and teams for championing diversity, our Principles of Community and disability awareness across UC Davis.

 

10. Our chancellor prioritizes diversity in hiring

"I believe our workforce should reflect the diversity of our students and of the State of California."

— Chancellor Gary May