Academic Diversity

  • Professor Harry Cheng, mechanical and aerospace engineering, is an expert in open-architecture enterprise-level system integration and robotics

  • Professor Rick Grosberg, evolution and ecology, performs research on behavioral, ecological, cellular, developmental, and genetic mechanisms that limit conflict and promote the evolution of cooperation

  • Research scientist Sonia Yeh, Institute of Transportation Studies, stands beside a plug-in car

  • Associate Professor Ana Peluffo, comparative literature, focuses on Latin American literatures and cultures with an emphasis on the 19th and early 20th century

  • UC Davis students biking across campus.

  • Campaign press day at Shields Library.

  • Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes

  • Graduate Diversity Officers, Josephine Moreno and Steve Lee, help the campus recruit more graduate students from diverse backgrounds and ensure those students successfully complete their degrees

  • Dean George Mangun congratulates Professor Suad Joseph, the 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement recipient and Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, during a surprise presentation in her classroom on Feb. 25, 2014

Diversity & Equity

At UC Davis we appreciate that diversity in all its dimensions ensures that our faculty will bring a full range of backgrounds and perspectives to its teaching, research, and service responsibilities. UC Davis believes that diversity can be exemplified through the variety of personal experiences, values and world views that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more. We welcome and encourage candidates who are committed not only to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, but to the development of a climate that supports equality and diversity. Browse this site and let us know your comments and suggestions.

Academic Affairs is committed to providing equitable opportunities to all future and current academic appointees at UC Davis, including those who have been historically underrepresented in higher education, such as women, ethnic minorities, differently-abled, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender and others.  We accomplish this through our programs, policies and practices that promote inclusive hiring practices, supportive academic environments, tools to monitor equity, resources for faculty on the merit and promotion system and proactive retention efforts to build our diverse academic community.  We provide a number of development programs to help inform members of these opportunities and information.


Programs and Resources

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A Vision of Excellence

"One of the University's goals is to promote diversity in all our endeavors, understanding that diversity of thought and perspective, as well as diversity of culture and human identity, are essential elements of the academic excellence we strive for as a leading public research institution."
- Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, UC Davis

UC Davis Climate Survey

To get a better idea of the institutional climate, inclusion, and work-life responses; and to become more informed about the living and working environments for students, faculty, staff, post-doctoral scholars, and trainees at UC Davis, please view the results from the UC Davis Climate Survey (PDF)