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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UC Davis and UC Davis Health are committed to supporting diversity and equal opportunity in every aspect of our organizations. Many campus and health offices contribute specialized services in support of diversity, equity and inclusivity goals.  

Policy Goals Progress Campus Actions



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement of UC Sustainability Offices and Staff

The Sustainability Offices and their staff of the University of California (UC) are committed to ensuring that UC sustainability programs are diverse in their staff, and representative and inclusive of the communities who are engaged in these programs. In order to achieve this, we will evaluate and improve our efforts around recruitment and retention of underrepresented staff and stakeholders. We will work to directly address racism and all forms of discrimination. We will ensure collaborative and inclusive processes where our sustainability work is driven by the contributions of diverse voices and perspectives.

Read our full statement and actions.


Policy Goals

University of California is taking steps to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the UC Sustainable Practices Policy. Effective in 2021 sustainability working groups are required to perform a DEI impact analysis when proposing any new policies. A group of UC Sustainability Officers have assembled an ad hoc committee to explore the intersections between diversity, equity, and inclusion and sustainability, and to address related challenges in sustainability programs. The ad hoc committee released a statement addressing DEI, social justice, and action items for sustainability officers at a UC system level.

Progress Toward Goals 

UC Sustainability Officers are currently working to define concrete goals in this area. The UC Davis Sustainability office is also constructing an office Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan. Keep checking back for more information.  

Campus Actions 

UC Davis Sustainability collaborates with many campus and health programs and operating units that directly administer this dimension of sustainability on campus. 

  • The UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion establishes the formal campus vision for diversity and inclusion efforts. It works with schools, colleges, departments and units to develop implementation plans and strategies. establishes the formal campus vision for diversity and inclusion efforts. It works with schools, colleges, departments and units to develop implementation plans and strategies. 

  • UC Davis Health Office for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is an integral part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The mission of the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is to create a climate of inclusion reflected in structures, policies and practices; the demographics of UC Davis Health community; the attitudes and values of its members and leaders; and the quality of personal interactions. 

  • The university formally recognizes and pays homage to the indigenous people who once lived where UC Davis stands today in the UC Davis Land Acknowledgement Statement. The Land Acknowledgement Statement is intended to raise awareness regarding the enduring relationship between indigenous people and the land. This statement may be included in oral or written remarks at events or printed in publications and websites as deemed appropriate. 

UC Davis Land Acknowledgement Statement

We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. 

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands. 

  • The UC Davis Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that embodies UC Davis's commitment to creating an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community that values individual differences and commonalities. It has been adopted by the Davis and Sacramento campuses.  


UC Davis Principles of Community

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.  We acknowledge that our society carries within it historical and deep-rooted injustices and biases.  Therefore, we endeavor to foster mutual understanding and respect among the many parts of our whole. 


  • The Ombuds Office is an informal and confidential resource designed to help members of the UC Davis and UC Davis Health communities successfully navigate conflict. Bywords for the Ombud's services are confidential, impartial, informal, independent and voluntary. They provide a safe space to discuss concerns and develop strategies to help navigate conflict. They can also facilitate structured, informal conversations among all parties of a conflict to help arrive at a resolution.   

  • UC Davis Employee WorkLife office supports faculty, staff, students, and retirees in their pursuit of a balanced lifestyle.   

  • University of California Code of Conduct for Trademark Licensees is part of University policy that requires any goods bearing a university logo or trademark must be produced under fair, safe, and humane working conditions. All trademark licensees are expected to conduct their business with respect for the rights of their workers. For more information visit the University of California Annual Report on Sustainable Practices, 2019 p 17. 

  • The UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan guarantees that UC employees who work at least 20 hours a week are paid at least $15 per hour. Contractors doing business with UC must also guarantee a $15 minimum hourly wage for their workers. The policy, which went into effect in October 2017, ensures that workers paid through any UC contract are paid fairly.  

  • The Food Recovery Network at UC Davis is a student-run, volunteer club that brings surplus food from campus dining to locations that help feed the local community. The student volunteers in the club work closely with Student Housing and Dining Services to coordinate deliveries from dining halls and eateries across campus. 

  • Smoke and Tobacco Free UC Davis is a UC systemwide policy established in 2014 in order to improve the health of the campus community by providing a safe and clean environment.