Recent messages and statements from leadership at UC Davis Health and the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

UC Davis Health Friday Update posted Friday, January 14, 2022

Dear Colleagues, Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday celebrates the historic legacy of a man who brought profound hope and healing to America. His words then – and today – are truly awe-inspiring, and they reflect a life dedicated to standing up for freedom and justice against all the odds. (We encourage you to learn more about Dr. King and support the Beloved Community framework as described by the King Center.

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Employee Resource Groups build communities of belonging

Posted Friday, November 19, 2021

Dear Colleagues, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) – the bedrock of a robust organization – are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals that come together based on common interests such as gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and the like. They can truly help establish shared spaces where members of an organization can feel a sense of community and belonging.

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Holiday and End-of-Year Guidance and Best Practices

Posted Thursday, November 18, 2021

As we venture into the time of year when many of our departments and teams have gathered to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and the holiday seasons, we want to pause and reflect upon past events, contests and gatherings that may not have been as inclusive as intended.

We all want to appreciate and recognize the incredible work that has been accomplished as the calendar year comes to an end, and that can still be done through the many benefits of community building and recognition activities. Throughout the year, and using the UC Davis Principles of Community as our guide, we ask that you review the information below regarding recommended best practices, reflection questions, trainings and resources to create an open dialogue that will inform event/activity planning processes and final products.

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Stand Against anti-Semitism

Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Last week, members of our Jewish community recently experienced another incident of anti-Semitism in which a local synagogue in Carmichael was defaced with Nazi symbols. This comes in the context of a concerning rise in anti-Semitism, 75 years after the terrible events of the Holocaust. Hate and discrimination have profound effects, and studies point to the negative health impacts on Jewish people because of this. As part of our endeavor to become an anti-racist institution, I encourage you to join us in standing against anti-Semitism.

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Statement denouncing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Posted Monday, June 7, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Last Wednesday, Chancellor May and Vice Chancellor Tull sent a statement denouncing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. In the recent weeks, our country has seen a rise in hate and bias against Jewish and Muslim people, among which have been a reported rise in harassment and violence against Jewish people, hateful vandalism of mosques and synagogue, and Islamophobic comments and images on social media. The pain and impact of these hateful acts is uniquely felt in each of these beloved communities. They occur in the context of a long legacy of oppression, bias, and discrimination endured by each community.

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UC Davis and UC Davis Health recognized by Forbes as one of best employers for diversity in 2021

Posted Friday, May 28, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations! Both UC Davis & UC Davis Health have been recognized by Forbes yet again as one of the best employers for diversity in 2021. This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication our staff puts in to creating a workplace that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive of all people. In 2020, UC Davis Health ranked #101 amongst a list of 500 employers throughout the nation. This year our rank increased to #59, well ahead of Kaiser, which was the only other healthcare organization in California to make the list. Our improved ranking showcases that the efforts we’re making to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization is working.

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New DEI Webpage - Caring for Our Community: Processing and Responding

Posted Friday, April 23, 2021

Dear friends,

On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin was formally convicted for the murder of George Floyd. Prior to the verdict, Black communities grieved and despite the weight of such grief, they courageously marched to demand justice and humanity. Communities from across the country and from all cultural groups rallied around them in numbers unprecedented in recent memory.

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Highlights from the Principles of Community virtual celebration, 2021

Posted Thursday, March 25, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The week of February 22-26, 2021 we celebrated our Principles for Community Week with the theme, “cultural humility”, welcoming 200+ attendees in the virtual space to the Opening Ceremony Event with remarks and messages from Chancellor Gary S. May, Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull, Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. David Lubarsky, Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and UC Davis Health CEO, Dr. Lorena Oropeza, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Diversity and I.

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Celebrating the Principles of Community, 2021

Posted Friday, February 19, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

UC Davis Health is a vibrant, multi-layered, dynamically diverse community making a positive difference locally, regionally, and nationally through our research, education, and public service. What makes our great community work are the relationships we have with each other, our patients, and our communities. We strive to treat those around us with dignity, inclusion, and respect. We do this best by not just treating others as we would want to be treated, but by treating others as they would want to be treated.

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New Associate Dean for Diverse and Inclusive Education for the School of Medicine, Dr. Ruth Shim, to start February, 2021

Posted Friday, January 15, 2021

As the UC Davis School of Medicine’s Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, director of cultural psychiatry and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Shim brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to the School of Medicine and the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion leadership teams. She will design, implement, and sustain equitable pre-medical and medical education through oversight of the Office of Student and Resident Diversity pathways programs. Dr. Shim will also oversee the expansion of the pathways programs and work to ensure that the curriculum and education programs are accessible and relevant to diverse students, residents and fellows.

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New Associate Dean for Diverse and Inclusive Learning Communities for the School of Medicine, Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, to start January, 2021

Posted Monday, December 21, 2020

Dr. García is a distinguished faculty member, clinician, mentor, and a respected leader at UC Davis School of Medicine, most recently as Director in the Office of Student and Resident Diversity.  He has extensive expertise creating welcoming and inclusive learning environments that inspire and nurture students and trainees from all backgrounds to meet the health needs of the diverse communities we serve.  He shares and embodies our deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of education, science and health care. 

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Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan

Posted Friday, June 26, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Over the past few weeks, the HEDI team have been working with partners to plan and take action to address structural racism and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have developed a 4-point plan that includes things that we have done or are doing, things that we will do, and things that you and your department can do. You can find our action plan here. We consider this a living document and will update this as we identify new strategies and make progress on existing actions. We would also love to hear your thoughts, feedback, and what you are doing to address racism and inequities, so feel free to contact us.

In health and solidarity, Hendry

Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

UC Davis nursing school names new Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Dean

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020

News update from The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis announcing the appointment of Piri Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N., to the newly created position of Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Action plan following statement on George Floyd

Posted Friday, June 5, 2020

Message from Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S., Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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Statement in Solidarity with Black Faculty

Posted Sunday, May 31, 2020

Joint message from Kimberly Nettles-Barcelon, Ph.D., CAMPSSAH Faculty Director; Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S., Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Mariel Vazquez, Ph.D., CAMPOS Faculty Director, Michael Rios, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Public Scholarship and Engagement, and Raquel E. Aldana, J.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity.

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Leadership statement on George Floyd

Posted Sunday, May 31, 2020

Joint message from David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., CEO for UC Davis Health; Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S., Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Allison Brashear, M.D., M.B.A. and Stephen Cavanagh, PhD, MPA, RN, FACHE, FAAN, the deans of the School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

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Statement on rejecting coronavirus xenophobia

Posted Friday, February 21, 2020

Message from Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S., Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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