Latinx Staff and Faculty Association, established 2000
The mission of the Latinx Staff and Faculty Association (LSFA) is to provide information about the campus community, promote wellness, and offer professional guidance to those seeking support or career advancement. LFSA will act as a collaborative unit and advocate for concerns and issues at the University and Community level for staff, faculty, residents, and students.
LSFA will act as a bridge and catalyst to support Latinx identified staff faculty members who seek to enhance and develop their professional roles and responsibilities within the University of California, Davis.
To serve as a resource and advocate for staff development, retention, and wellness.
Develop and cultivate internal and external community partnerships.
The UC Davis Staff Scholarship Program was created to provide career staff employees with funding to pursue professional certificates and personal/professional development as well as continue their education in Associate, Bachelor, or graduate degree programs at community colleges, state colleges, universities (public or private); professional schools, while concurrently employed at the University of California, Davis.
The 2020 - 2021 Staff Scholarship Program is coordinated by members of the Staff Assembly Scholarship Committee and includes several scholarships we are very proud to administer:
Kathleen Moore Endowment Scholarship – For career advancement and educational enrichment of career staff working under the Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning, Facilities and Safety; and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Resource Management; and earning $53,000 or less annually.
The number of awards to be presented this year is based upon funds available, number of eligible applicants, and is at the discretion of the Staff Assembly Scholarship Committee.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to receive a staff scholarship:
Be a UC Davis/UCDH career staff member (past probationary period of employment status) and in good standing (not in process of corrective action).
Staff member must continue their education while concurrently employed at the University of California, Davis.
Not have received a scholarship in the 2019-2020 award cycle.
Deadline and Submission Instructions
Completed applications must be submitted by March 29th at 11:59pm. Incomplete applications, including transcripts, will not be considered.
While we prefer that all applications are submitted electronically, you may contact the Staff Assembly Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternate submission methods.
Scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards in late Spring 2020.
Recipients will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held on the Davis campus in September where they will receive an award certificate (monetary award will be mailed following notification of the award).
Scholarship awards vary depending on the amount of funding available but prior scholarship awards ranged between $500 and $2,500.
Written by: Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, PhD, RN, FAAN
National Latino Children’s Institute Member Board of Directors Statement Adopted by NLCI Board of Directors
UC Davis Health physician meets with members of the migrant caravan in Mexico
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, mental health expert, assess migrants' needs in Tijuana
Professor Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, back row, second from left, at one of four migrant shelters he visited in Tijuana, Mexico, as part of a delegation of philanthropic organizations. UC Davis Health mental health expert Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola visited emergency shelters in Tijuana, Mexico, last week, on behalf of an influential philanthropic organization assessing the needs of migrants from Central America and Mexico. Aguilar-Gaxiola, director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and a professor of internal medicine, traveled as a representative of the California Health Care Foundation, of which he serves on the board of directors. The foundation and a delegation of philanthropic leaders, including the heads of The California Endowment and James Irvine Foundation, are seeking ways to improve the lives of some 4,000 migrants, many of whom traveled from as far away as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to seek asylum in the United States. Aguilar-Gaxiola on Dec. 18 met with many of the children, youth and adults who sleep in tents, parking lots and buildings repurposed as shelters. The migrants arrived over the past several weeks. What I heard is that these migrants truly are fleeing their countries because of the precarious living conditions they are facing, Aguilar-Gaxiola said. "They are willing to risk their lives and walk thousands of miles in order to look for a chance to a better life." The four shelters he visited provide safe spaces for migrants and are tightly monitored and controlled by security, Aguilar-Gaxiola said, but outside the perimeter, it is a much different story. Two Honduran migrant teenagers walking from their youth shelter were kidnapped and killed, according to news reports, a couple of days before Aguilar-Gaxiola visited that shelter. The compound shelter, a concert and event venue known as El Barretal on the outskirts of Tijuana, provides a temporary home to about 2,400 migrants. Aguilar-Gaxiola observed "a sea of tents” and numerous booths representing various international and national humanitarian and human rights organizations. Groups such as UNICEF, Human Rights International and World Vision oversee the safety of the migrants. Some organizations are advising migrants on how to apply for asylum in the United States. It was a very moving, rich and memorable experience,” Aguilar-Gaxiola added. Aguilar-Gaxiola shared photographs and personal notes of his observations with Sandra Hernandez, president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, whose organization along with the other foundations are considering how best to respond to the migrant and humanitarian crisis. The Tijuana excursion was organized by Hispanics in Philanthropy, an Oakland-based national nonprofit that is highly concerned with the state of migrants and is expecting another caravan of migrants to walk up toward the border over the next few months. The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, in alliance with the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, provides leadership and support within and beyond UC Davis Health to promote the health and well-being of ethnically diverse populations. The center's ultimate goal is to improve health outcomes for all.