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Graduate Studies Anti-Racism Initiative

Our Commitment 

UC Davis Graduate Studies opposes racial bias in any part of graduate education and training, and yet acknowledges that racism has shaped the development of academic research, methods of training graduate students and postdocs, and the make-up of faculty, students, and postdoctoral scholars.  Such bias has limited who has access to the development of human knowledge and has placed limits on that knowledge. We therefore commit to re-envisioning graduate education and training that actively rejects racist assumptions and structures.

Initiative Progress

In 2020-2021, working groups comprised of faculty, students, postdocs, and staff created a set of recommendations for actionable goals that Graduate Studies is undertaking to address racial injustice at UC Davis in three broad areas that have also been integrated into our Strategic Plan:

  • Invest in financial support for underrepresented and marginalized graduate students.
  • Improve outreach, admissions, recruitment, and retention to underrepresented groups and students/ postdoctoral scholars of color.
  • Create a truly inclusive graduate campus climate.

To address all parts of these recommendations, Graduate Studies created an Anti-Racist Implementation Committee whose charge is to coordinate new and continuing activities across the campus and to institutionalize new practices in a sustainable way. If you have any questions about the Anti-Racist Initiative, please email 

Annual Graduate Anti-Racism Symposium (GARS)

This annual Spring symposium brings scholars, students, and staff from across campus to address racial inequities in graduate education and to collaborate on anti-racist initiatives. Speakers have included a wide representation of members of the university community, including staff, faculty, graduate students, and campus leaders.

View 2023 GARS information.

View past GARS information.

View the Graduate Anti-Racism Toolkit