At UC Davis, we acknowledge and honor exemplary faculty, staff, students and community members who help to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusiveness. They speak to the heart of what makes our campus and region a great place to work, teach, learn, play and live.”
This is part of what Gary S. May had to say Feb. 6 in presenting the 2018 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community to eight individuals — in the categories of Academic Senate, Academic Federation, undergraduate, graduate student, postdoctoral, staff, special recognition and community — and three departments.
The awards ceremony took place in the early evening at the Chancellor’s Residence. “This event is a perfect way to cap my workday,” May said. “The spirit of these awards speaks to me deeply on a personal and professional level” — as a college student who remembers well the feeling of being the only person of color in the lecture halls and laboratories, and as an engineering professor and dean working hard to change that, especially for students from ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the STEM fields.
“UC Davis’ strong commitment to diversity is one of the key reasons I wanted to come here,” May said. “I wanted to be part of a community that deliberately recruits, retains, embraces and celebrates people with backgrounds, gender identities and skill sets that are underrepresented in higher education. I wanted to be part of a community that honors the promoters of socio-economic mobility who we are celebrating today.”
Here are the 2018 award recipients, with comments about them condensed from nomination forms and remarks from the awards ceremony, delivered by Rahim Reed, associate executive vice chancellor, Office of Campus Community Relations. You can read more about the awardees here.