Past Awardees

2015 AWARDEES

Academic Senate

Tonya Fancher, Physican, UCDHS: Division of General Medicine

Academic Federation

Carol Hom, IGERT/Academic Coordinator, Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences

Judith Kjelstrom, Director, Biotechnology Program, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Post-doc Fellow

Amandeep Kaur, Fellow, Chancellor & Provost Office

Post-doc Fellow

Marcus Tang, AB540 Center, Law School

Graduate Student

Lauren Jabusch, Graduate Student Researcher, Biological & Ag Engineering, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Student

Ana Maciel, Junior, Chicano Studies, College of Letters and Science

Staff

Nathan Ellstrand, Office Coordinator, Cross Cultural Center

Community Member

Sandy Lynne Holman, Business Community, The Culture C.O-O.P. and United in Unity, Davis

 

 
 
2014 AWARDEES

Academic Senate

Barbara Horwitz, Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Behavior

  • Advancing a more diverse and principled academic community
  • Maximizing Student Diversity/Development (IMSD) for the past 13 years
  • Mentored underrepresented minority students in the graduate program to completion of their PhD's
  • Mentored Fellows in progress to their PhD's
  • Mentored Juniors and Senior underrepresented honor students headed for research careers in biomedical areas
  • Strengthened existing programs that promote faculty diversity and advancement including the Partner Opportunity Program (POP), for dual couple hires; and the family-oriented "work-life" programs (including accommodation for child bearing/child leaving)
  • Instrumental in receiving a $250,000 Alfred P. Sloan Award in 2006 to expand programs that support career flexibility for tenured and tenure-track faculty

Academic Federation

Suzanne Eidson-Ton, M.D., M.S., Family and Community Medicine

  • Actively promoted, designed, and taught cultural competence curricula for the students in the schools of medicine and nursing, readying the new generations of health care providers to care for culturally diverse communties.
  • As Director of Rural-PRIME, a UC initiative dedicated to improving medical services to underserved communities, has been an instrumental driver in recruiting and training diverse and community-oriented students who go on to practice in regions where threre are physician shortages.
  • As an advocate of underserved communities, Dr. Eidson-Ton led efforts to reopen the Knights Landing Clinic that is run by Rural-PRIME students.  She has also contributed to medical students matching in primary care disciplines at a higher rate than the national average, which is vital given the shortage of primary care physicians.
  • Dr. Eidson-Ton has been instrumental in helping UC Davis Health System develop systems for sensitively soliciting sexual orientation and gender identity information to improve care for lisbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients.

Post-doc

Dr. Carolina Balazs, Environmental Justice and Drinking Water in California

  • Regional planning to address dringking water impacts in environmental justice and environmental justice for communities;
  • Cumulative impacts of drinking water and health;
  • Water system capacity and sustainability;
  • Structural analysis of disproportionate drinking water burdens.
  • Published articles on nitrate contamination of drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley
  • A strong advocate forlow income Latino communities in the Central Valley where some of California's most egregious water violations are found
  • Her research and engagement have already made important contributions to solving these crucial environmental justice issues, and advancing knowledge about the social, economic, political, and technical variables that influence environmental justice outcomes.

Graduate Student

Cristian Heredia, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • As an underrepresented student in the STEM
  • EM field, he provides mentorship to other underrepresented students in STEM, acting as a translator, and served as a mentor to young male Latinos.
  • In the same role of Para Educator at Rio Linda Prep Academy he promoted STEM through science modules taught to 5th and 6th graders, as well as fostered team building and leadership in students through weekly science activities.
  • As a National Science Foundation Fellow he teaches science modules to 5th graders in traditionally underserved schools, as well as help with after school programs.
  • Christian's long-term vision is to deploy low-cost solar harvesting technology to developing countries in hopes of providing an alternative to fossil fuel dependency.

Undergraduate Student

Kriti Garg, Letters and Science Dean's Office

  • An outstanding student leader, an ambassador of diversity and inclusion for UC Davis.
  • Her internship at the Cross-Cultural Center, Kriti has forged relationships with students across all social and cultural identifies.
  • Served as lead coordinator for the Students of Color Conference UC Davis delegation, and she was instrumental in recruiting 95 students to travel to the UCLA conference last November.  At the conference, she led a workship on how to build a peer led diversity and social justice program that can be duplicated at any campus.
  • Kriti is also the ASUCD Chair of the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission where she leads a committee of 10 students in advancing programs and policies that impact diversity and inclusion.  In January 2014, she was the Co-coordinator of the 14th Annual Reaffirming Ethnic Awareness and Community Harmony Retreat (REACH).
  • Her passion for social justice is infectious and inspires many of her peers to join movements or participate in projects to advance equity and inclusion.

 Staff

Tanya Whitlow, Engineering Dean's Office

  • Tanya's role at the LEADR Student Center is to establish and improve retention of students historically underrepresented in engineering and to increase diversity in the college.
  • She has helped to raise over $200,000 to assist in serving underrepresented students in engineering
  • She is involved with the Special Transition Enrichment Program (STEP).  STEP is a campus-based program designed to recruit and retain underrepresented students.  Funds raised by Tanya have been applied toward supporting additional students in STEP.  She has partnered with the advisers in the dean's office to provide summer advising and mandatory quarterly advising for all STEP students.  Of the 34 engineering students who participated in STEP, 32 have been retained in engineering.  This is remarkable considering the overall retention rate of freshmen in engineering is close to 50%.

Community Member                   

Georgia West, Underground Books, Sacramento

  • Underground Books has helped the campus strengthen its relationship with the Sacramento community at large and the Oak Park community in particular.  Oak Park is a historically African-American community in Sacramento whose residents have not always felt UC Davis was within their reach in terms of admission opportunities and community educational programming.
  • Playing a pivotal role through co-sponsorship of several Campus Community Book Project events over the last several years.  Featured books have brought dialogue about race relations, racial identity development and the educational achievement gap between the races. 
  • The bond between the UC Davis campus and the Oak Park community has been greatly strengthened by the collaborative work, support and co-sponsorship of the CCBP by Underground Books.  This partnership has planted a seed that will provide a pathway for Oak Park students and their families to deepen their connection to the University facilitating the goal of increasing the enrollment of African American Students.