Top Reasons UC Davis is the Best for Diversity

UC Davis and UC Davis Health are climbing the ranks as Best Employers for Diversity

Top Reasons UC Davis is the Best

UC Davis and UC Davis Health are climbing the ranks as Best Employers for Diversity because we’re intentional about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. And you belong here too!

1. Our leadership

While Forbes looks at the share of women who fill top executive or board positions at UC Davis, our Diversity & Inclusion Executive Leadership Team is providing guidance to senior leadership on various issues related to diversity and inclusion, including improving diverse representation in leadership.

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Top Row L-R: Mary CroughanProvost and Executive Vice Chancellor; Kelly RatliffVice Chancellor for Finance, Operations and Administration; Dana TopousisChief Marketing and Communications Officer; Renetta Garrison TullVice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion;  Allison BrashearDean, School of Medicine: Susan CatronDean, Division of Continuing and Professional Education. Bottom Row L-R: Helene DillardDean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Lauren LindstromDean, School of Education; Viji MuraliCIO and Vice Provost for Information and Educational Technology; Joanna RegulskaVice Provost and Dean for Global Affairs; MacKenzie SmithUniversity Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship.


2. Our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, founded in 2019, continues impactful work across the Davis and Health campuses, including Implementing our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision. One critical goal is identifying, attracting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff by holding every division, college, school, and department accountable for bringing diversity and inclusive excellence into recruitment and hiring practices.

Chancellor posing with UC Davis staff members.
Chancellor May (center) with staff at the 2019 Thank Goodness for Staff picnic. Beginning May 17, TGFS: Staff Appreciation Week kicks off with events for professional development, networking and recharging.

3. We're invested in cultivating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment

We’re invested in programs, people and processes to make the university a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, particularly in light of the need to address implicit and explicit bias, racism, and structural inequalities.

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In 2019, UC Davis Health formally launched its Anchor Institution Mission (AIM) for Community Health. 

By working toward Anchor Institution status at UC Davis Health, we're improving the health, welfare and wellbeing of neighboring communities. The first strategy is to partner with the local community to hire and develop local talent because UCD thrives when our workforce reflects the diversity of our student population and the patients we serve. You can check out all our hiring events (past and present) on the Aggie Square webpage.

"We’ve been working to reverse systemic/structural racism and discrimination in close allyship with our surrounding communities, through programs such as our Anchor Institution Mission, to improve and empower our neighbors around us."  --  Brad Simmons, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Medical Center and Mike Condrin, Chief Operating Officer, Ambulatory Care. 

4. Our Employee Resource Groups

Our employee resource groups foster a sense of belonging for veterans, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with disabilities, women and others.

Latinx Staff and Faculty Association meets with Chancellor May.
Latinx Staff and Faculty Association meets with Chancellor May.

5. Our recruiting efforts

Our recruiting efforts target underserved communities with the message You Belong Here. We make sure recruiting committees and interview panels are representative of our diverse community and prepared to manage implicit bias in the hiring process.

UC Davis recruitment efforts.

6. Our non-stop educational opportunities

Our non-stop educational opportunities include the Race Matters series, launched in 2020, to help teams have conversations about race. A Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces series is underway, preparing leaders to create safe spaces for conversations impacting their team's work and professional lives. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s annual calendar is packed.

Cover image of the Implicit Bias Resource Guide.
Download the Race Matters guide to start addressing implicit bias in your workplace. 

7. Our Principles of Community

Our Principles of Community reflect ideals we seek to uphold and are shared widely, particularly during Principles of Community Week.

We affirm the dignity inherent in all of us, and we strive to maintain a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another.

"The Principles of Community mean every individual has the right to fully participate in university life: every person is valued equally; and the ability to question, disagree and to think new thoughts is at the core of everything we do as a university."  -- Dr. David Lubarsky, CEO, UC Davis Health  Read more 

8. We ask employees for feedback

We ask employees for feedback on diversity, inclusion and belonging, and then take action.

9. We celebrate individuals and departments

We celebrate individuals and departments for notable contributions promoting “an environment that fosters a sense of inclusiveness and community for all.” The Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community go to …

Soaring to New Heights celebrates individuals and teams for their championing diversity, our Principles of Community and disability awareness across UC Davis.

10. Our Chancellor thinks Diversity in Hiring at UC Davis is a priority

"Our workforce should reflect the diversity of our students and of the State of California." - Chancellor Gary May