Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to UC Davis - they're the bedrock of our Principles of Community and the core values that guide our academic mission. Nationwide, as we address longstanding systemic inequities and injustices, higher education's leadership in championing these principles has never been more urgently needed.
To confront injustice, strengthen communities and make lasting change, diversity, equity and inclusion must be more than a mantra. Every day, we need to commit to living, grappling with and building on these principles. Each of us must do our part.
At UC Davis, this commitment drives everything we do. It's the backbone of our recruitment and enrollment efforts to build a diverse campus community. It's the reason we're a U.S. leader in increasing STEM opportunities for women and historically underrepresented groups, and why our ethnic studies programs are among the country's oldest and most influential. It's why we were one of the first U.S. colleges to hold an annual lavender graduation celebrating LGBTQIA grads, and why we are nationally known for our commitment to connecting and mentoring first-generation students, who represent 40% of our undergraduates.
The UC Davis Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive - was created to advance all these efforts and more, serving every corner of our university from the main campus and UC Davis Health to Bodega Marine Laboratory, the UCDC Washington Center and beyond.
As impactful as these endeavors are, our work together is only the beginning. Your partnership helps UC Davis point the way toward a more equitable future for all.