The UC Davis College of Biological Sciences is committed to strategic investments across a wide array of arenas within the College, and in support of a broad coalition of internal and external stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff. The College has initiated or completed efforts to provide a variety of support and resources for our community.
- Created a Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion position. This position will work with Executive Associate Dean on CBS’s DEI efforts including working with the CBS Faculty Executive Committee. Includes funding a graduate student researcher position (2020-2021) to support this position. Initiatives include: (i) development of a comprehensive CBS website for DEI activities and resources; (ii) establish seminar courses in Anti-Racism, scheduled for Winter and Spring quarters 2021; (iii) in conjunction with the Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) establish a mentorship program that pairs graduate students with undergraduate students at risk of dismissal.
- Supported Diversity in STEM Conference (DISC) and provided scholarships to attend conferences and workshops, including SACNAS, ABRCMS, HACU, and SREB Institute of Teaching and Mentoring.
- Utilizing campus Advancing Faculty Diversity (AFD) Program for faculty recruitment, including four faculty searches during 2020-21.
- AvenueB program for biology students transferring from community college, providing financial support and preparatory programs for students entering four-year University and to remove barriers for increased participation of women and underserved individuals in STEM fields.
- Leadership and participation in UC-HBCU initiatives and Graduate Admissions Pathways (GAPs), including Molecular and Cellular Biology (BioGAP), Evolution and Ecology (EEGAP), and Plant Agricultural Biology (PABGAP) Programs.
- Supports PREP@UC Davis, NIH-funded post baccalaureate program for students from historically excluded racial and ethnic groups, students with documented disabilities, or students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Multiple diversity programs for marginalized undergraduates, administered by Educational Enrichment & Outreach Programs in CBS. Programs include Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP), Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC), Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) Scholars, Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), Advancing Diversity in Neuroscience Research (ADNR), and Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program.
- Multiple activities by CBS affiliated Graduate Groups, including Population Biology Graduate Group Student Diversity Committee, BMCDB, IGG, and NSC Graduate Group DEI and mentorship committees, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program for underrepresented graduate students, and NSC Graduate Group Seminar for Minority Advocacy (SOMA) in Neuroscience activities.
- Supports Young Scientist Program, a graduate student initiated science education outreach program to underserved Northern and Central California school districts.
- Ecological and Evolutionary Response to Rapid Environmental Change, an NSF-funded REU site in partnership with four institutions for underserved groups as recruiting partners.
- Center for Neuroscience (CNS) sponsored Brain Awareness Week, for K-12 outreach activities.
- DEI initiatives through the Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI), including Bodega DEI Committee, Climate Justice Seminar Series, CMSI-COAST Scholars Program, CMSI Social Justice Reading Groups, Inclusive Classroom Techniques for Educators Guide, and Family Life in Aquatic Science Symposium.
- Multiple faculty and Department-based activities, including CBS Anti-Racism Town Hall during summer 2020, CBS Faculty Executive Committee organized DEI Committee, Departmental Faculty Diversity and Training (EVE), and outreach and recruitment visits to ABRCMS and SACNAS.