The Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, faculty, staff, and its stakeholders continually participate in community outreach, speaker series, symposiums and implementation of health equity initiatives that reflect the vision and mission of the office to create a climate of equity and inclusion reflected in structures, policies and practices; the diversity of the UC Davis Health community; the attitudes and values of our members and leaders; and the quality of our interpersonal relationships. This frequently updated list provides a snapshot of activities and news throughout the year.

Review archive of 2020-2021 past news

November 2021

UC Davis Health celebrates Diwali
Employees of UC Davis Health celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, and honored health care workers for their many contributions during the pandemic.
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October 2021

UC Davis nursing school honored for excellence in diversity
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing has received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The school is one of only 50 health professions colleges and universities in the nation honored for its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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Dr. Luis Godoy featured in Society of Thoracic Surgeons
"The harrowing days-long journey from a small village in rural Mexico to the US border and over the mountains landed a young Luis Godoy on a busy freeway in southern California. There, for the first time in his life, he saw hundreds of cars traveling at high rates of speed with their headlights shining so bright he could barely believe his eyes..."
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Office of Campus Community Relations Introduces DEI Talk - A Video Podcast Series
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing confrontations with racism, the Office of Campus Community Relations is launching DEITalk, a video podcast series that explores diversity, equity and inclusion concepts through conversations with members of our UC Davis and broader community. Tune in to learn more about operationalizing the tenets of inclusion and equity in education and professional development, in climate and organizational structure, in policies and practices and in supporting our communities.
Video Podcast Episode 1, DEITalk: Bias During COVID-19

Marginalized communities to benefit from new breast cancer research
A “mammovan” will be dispatched to rural areas as part of new breast cancer initiatives spearheaded by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is all part of an effort to improve breast health and cancer prevention along with early detection in underserved communities.
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DiversABILITY and Inclusion
This October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and Carolyn Ramirez, Chair, DiversABILITY Employee Resource Group offers tips on how to create an inclusive environment in a virtual setting. It’s a good time to remind employers about the importance of inclusive hiring practices, and for all of us – including managers and supervisors – to think about how we can be better allies for people with disabilities.
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September 2021

School of Medicine receives state funding to address Native American health needs
The UC Davis School of Medicine will develop a new academic pathway to train students interested in caring for the Native American and Alaskan Native communities, thanks to a boost in state funding. The programs are part of a UC-wide initiative known as PRIME (Programs in Medical Education), which intend to fill the shortage of doctors in medically underserved areas and reduce health disparities. In addition to the funding to create the new Native American PRIME, UC Davis will receive another $1.7 million to bolster its Rural PRIME pathway, which trains students to address health issues in rural communities.
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Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona selected as HACU Leadership Academy Fellow
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) today announced that Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona has been selected as a fellow for the third cohort of the Presidential Leadership Academy (La Academia de Liderazgo). The prestigious one-year HACU program is designed to prepare the next generation of culturally diverse leaders for executive and senior-level positions in higher education. Carvajal-Carmona is a professor and the Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.
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Women in Medicine Month celebrates the extraordinary contributions of women physicians
September is the American Medical Association’s Women in Medicine Month and a welcome opportunity to thank all of UC Davis Health’s extraordinary women physicians, residents and medical students. This year's theme is Advancing Equity, Building on Change.
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Pandemic takes center stage at annual health equity conference
Registration is now open for the virtual 2021 Coalition for Health Equity Conferece (CHEq) from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 2, 2021. CHEq is an annual event aimed at strengthening the understanding and integration of marginalized populations through the health care lens. CHEq provides a valuable opportunity for health care providers and community members to hear from experts in health equity and better understand how social determinants of health factor into individuals' access to care.
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August 2021

Medical care for Team USA women's gymnastics at Tokyo Olympics led by former gymnast and UC Davis Health Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician Dr. Marcia "Marcy" Faustin
Marcia Faustin, M.D., as Biles and other Olympians affectionately call their team physician, is known for her endless energy and dedication to her contract position with USA Gymnastics (USAG), the sport’s national governing body that trains athletes of all levels, including elite athletes for national and international competition.
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July 2021

Dr. Mikael Villalobos appointed Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Community Relations
Mikael Villalobos (BA ‘93, EdD ‘14) has dedicated his career to diversity and inclusion within the field of higher education.
Twitter announcement

Rahim Reed Retires From the Community He Helped Build
"Out of all the words in Rahim Reed’s long title — associate executive vice chancellor for campus community relations — the one that mattered the most to him was 'community'.”
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