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Anti-Racism | Voices

Faculty and Staff Voices

UC Davis Native American Studies Department 
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April 6, 2021–"[We] offer our heartfelt support and sympathy to the victims, families, and communities in Atlanta, to our colleagues in Asian American Studies, and to all members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities at UC Davis and beyond who have been severely affected by the recent mass shooting of eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, in Atlanta on March 16. We are especially appreciative of the powerful statement already issued by the African American and African Studies Department offering important historical context and outlining the extent of racially-motivated violence targeting AAPI individuals and communities around the country." Please read the full statement here

UC Davis African American & African Studies Department 

March 23, 2021–"We stand with our brothers and sisters in condemning any and all acts of bias from any and all sources against the AAPI community (whether they are designated as hate “incidents” or hate “crimes”). We call on public officials in the state of Georgia as well as in communities across the United States to demonstrate that they take these occurrences seriously by providing increased protection to members of the AAPI community, providing whatever they may request to help ensure their safety and sense of security." Please read the full statement here

UC Davis Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance

March 19, 2021–"This is probably one of the most difficult emails our board members have had to write. We carry sadness, frustration, anger, and heaviness in our hearts as we think about the 8 people killed, especially the 6 women of Asian descent, in the Atlanta-area spa shootings on Tuesday, March 16, 2021." Please read the full statement here.


  • FUTURE Action Plan in Support of UCD's Black PhD Students and Postdocs

  • We recognize that anti-Black racism has shaped the systems we learn and work in. We know that the transition from training to career is a high-stakes moment and that much advice for this moment assumes a particularly privileged subject: white, and also cis, straight, non-disabled, non-primary-caregiver, etc. 

    As Professor Jasmine Roberts and many others have showed us, we need to do better (1). 

    As a career exploration program, we must work to mitigate the isolating and confidence-eroding effects of these systems faced by the Black researchers-in-training at UC Davis and also to amplify Black researchers’ career achievements in all fields and sectors. We plan to mobilize our program resources to this work, specifically our spaces, networks, expertise, and access to decision makers in our field. 

    Supporting the Black members of our program’s community is central to the relevance and accessibility of our program, and we have incorporated this work into FUTURE’s 2020-21 Strategic Plan. But confronting anti-Black racism in our context is not a one-year project, but a much longer process in which we will continually revise our plan and publish new actions each year. 

    1. Consult with our Black membership about their experience in our program and their needs/vision
    2. Grow our partner network to include and amplify more Black professionals
    3. Offer personal connections from among our own professional relationships
    4. Offer partnership to the organizations that are already serving Black researchers-in-training at UC Davis: a) amplifying their programing through our platforms and collaboration and b) making membership in the FUTURE program more visible and welcoming to their constituents c) demonstrating how our resources (partner network, staff expertise, etc.) might be useful to their constituents beyond those involved in health-related research
    5. Tune our mentorship program to better address issues of race, identity, and work
    6. Include persistent links to national reporting structures to address the discrimination and harassment that disproportionately affect Black researchers in the Digest
    (1)Roberts, Jasmine. "White Academia: Do Better. Higher education has a problem. It’s called White supremacy.", 8 June 2020. Web. 14 July 2020.

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valencia g. scottStudent Voices | Valencia G. Scott, Class of 2020

Valencia G. Scott is part of the 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Board, and a 2019-2020 Student Advisor to the Chancellor in the Office of Chancellor Gary S. May, Davis. Valencia authored this document and offered it as “Administrative Suggestions for Black Community Support.” (Posted with permission, 7/1/20)

Ally Statements

Academic Council of the University of California Faculty Senate Feminist Research Institute
Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance FUTURE Career Skills & Exploration
Association for Women Geoscientists UC Davis Graduate School of Management Student Leadership
Barker Lab Healthy UC Davis
Beyond the Stats Interim Dean Kelman, College of Letters and Science
Biomedical Engineering Student Association Kevin Blue, UC Davis Athletics
Black Law Student Association King Hall Alumni Board
Cal Aggie Alumni Association Manetti Shrem Museum
Center for Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Center for Regional Change Public Scholarship and Engagement
Chancellor’s Committee on LGBTQIA+ Communities School of Education
Coach Hawkins and UC Davis Football Solidarity with Black Faculty
College of Engineering Undergraduate Office Student National Medical Association, UC Davis Chapter
Dean Dillard, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Sumner Lab
Dean H. Rao Unnava, Graduate School of Management The Mondavi Center
Dean Johnson, School of Law UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute and Bodega Marine Lab
Dean Lairmore, School of Veterinary UC Davis Diversity Committee for Ecology
Dean Winey, College of Biological Sciences UC Davis Health Education & Promotion and UC Davis Nutrition Services
Department of Anthropology UC Davis Human Resources
Department of Emergency Medicine UC Davis Love Lab
Department of History Undergraduate Education
Department of Human Ecology, Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design University Librarian and Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship, MacKenzie Smith
Department of Psychology Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor Regulska, Global Affairs
Department of Sociology Vice Provost and Dean Delplanque, Graduate Studies
Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology  
Environmental Health Sciences Center  
Community Partners