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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.

Initiative Progress

In 2020-2021, working groups comprised of faculty, students, postdocs, and staff created a set of recommendations for actionable goals that Graduate Studies will undertake to address racial injustice at UC Davis in three broad areas:
    • Invest in financial support for underrepresented and marginalized graduate students
    • Improve outreach, admissions, recruitment, and retention to underrepresented groups and students/ postdoctoral scholars of color
    • Create a truly inclusive graduate campus climate

To address all parts of these recommendations, Graduate Studies has created an Anti-Racist Implementation Committee whose charge is to coordinate new and continuing activities across the campus and to institutionalize new practices in a sustainable way. If you have any questions about the Anti-Racist Initiative, please email the Graduate Studies Anti-Racist Implementation Team at