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Graduate Studies Anti-Racism Initiative

Our Commitment 

UC Davis Graduate Studies opposes racial bias in any part of graduate education and training, and yet acknowledges that racism has shaped the development of academic research, methods of training graduate students and postdocs, and the make-up of faculty, students, and postdoctoral scholars.  Such bias has limited who has access to the development of human knowledge and has placed limits on that knowledge. We therefore commit to re-envisioning graduate education and training that actively rejects racist assumptions and structures.

Working Group Descriptions 

  1. Support for Marginalized Graduate Students and Postdocs: These activities are designed to meet the immediate needs of UC Davis graduate students and postdocs who are members of marginalized communities directly affected by racism, both within and outside of the UC Davis campus community.
  2. Training: These activities are designed to provide meaningful and effective training for UC Davis graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.
  3. Advocacy: These activities are intended to advocate for (and develop directly where possible) policy changes that support a diverse community and promote active anti-racist education.
  4. Recruitment and Retention: These activities are meant to enhance the recruitment and retention of graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff positions from marginalized communities to UC Davis.

Applications to participate in an Anti-Racist Working Group have closed for the year. Please check back next summer for openings.

  • Working Group Roles
  • Each working group will be chaired by a member of the Graduate Studies Anti-Racism scoping team, and will consist of at least:
    - 1 faculty member 
    - 1 graduate student
    - 1 postdoctoral scholar
    - 1 internal Graduate Studies person
    - 1 staff person
  • How to Apply 
  • The application is now closed. Please check back next year for any openings.  

    1. What in your background has prepared you to participate on one of these working groups?  Please include involvement in campus, local or state/national initiatives; professional development; or personal experience.

    2. What are your initial thoughts about changes you would like to see for graduate education and postdoctoral training that specifically addresses countering racism in academia?

    3. Members of the working groups are asked to commit to at least 1 year of service, with the option to continue longer. If selected to participate, do you agree to at least 1 year commitment?
  • Application Review
  • The application is now closed. Please check back next year for any openings.

If you have any questions about the Anti-Racist Initiative and Working Groups, please email the Graduate Studies Anti-Racist Scoping Team.