One of our UC Davis themes is “Outgrow the Expected.” This report serves as a reminder that UC Davis is indeed outgrowing even our own expectations as we do ever more to be compassionate, inclusive, thoughtful, insightful, aware, and action-oriented in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, or DEI, practice.
While this report focuses on the work of our office, we can’t help but include stories and quotes that reflect the many collaborators and partners that work with us. Our staff simply could not make all of this happen without our colleagues across campus. DEI is—and must be—a collective effort.
The cover of our report reflects this reality. Seen on the UC Davis Human Resources website and on the wall as art at the Manetti-Shrem museum, the phrase, “You Belong Here” became the DEI office’s mantra for reaching out to our campus community. Whether you were arriving to campus for the first time or returning from a long break due to Covid-19, we want YOU to know that YOU matter.
We are proud that UC Davis is being recognized nationally as a leader in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. This is a tribute to our campus leadership, which continues to support our office, both practically and by championing our projects.
On behalf of the entire team, I want to again thank the volunteers across our campus and in our community who worked with us. We hope that you see yourself and your work reflected in these pages.