Fawn Cothran, an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is named a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar at UC Davis. She, along with other newly named scholars, was inducted last night at a ceremony led by UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and attended by dignitaries from the state capitol and greater Sacramento community.
CAMPOS, the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science, brought in more than 21 faculty scholars to UC Davis in a six-year-old recruiting effort that focuses on building diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program began with a focus on Latina scholars and has since expanded to other populations.
This distinction recognizes Cothran’s transformative thinking and unique perspective, as well as the potential of her research to contribute to the public good, locally, nationally and globally in profound and enduring ways
“I am honored by this incredible distinction and look forward to fulfilling my potential of lending to a much-needed body of research,” Cothran said. “For African-American caregivers, environmental stress, caregiving stress, plus the burden of health disparities in African-American communities, creates a critical, yet understudied area. I believe we need a new narrative that considers social, cultural and environmental factors that may influence caregiver health and intervention design.”
Cothran, who joined the School of Nursing team this summer from Rush College in Chicago, leads research focused on the health of African-American caregivers working with friends and family members with dementia. As a CAMPOS faculty scholar, Cothran becomes a member of the UC Davis ADVANCE program and benefit from initiatives like the Launch program, as well as professional development opportunities, grant-writing workshops, speaking invitations and one-on-one mentoring.
“Our goal at the Family Caregiving Institute is to develop culturally appropriate supports for caregivers and older adults from all backgrounds and ethnicities,” added Terri Harvath, executive associate dean and institute director. “Dr. Cothran’s community-based approach advances our vision, lends voice to and ultimately will provide solutions for a community with unique needs when caring for others.”
CAMPOS builds on the chancellor’s vision of transforming UC Davis to support diversity and multicultural perspectives in science and is a central part of the ADVANCE program, funded by the National Science Federation to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. School of Nursing Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz is the CAMPOS founding director.