UC Davis Student Body Welcomes Everybody

It’s a very exciting time of year! Prospective UC Davis students are getting their letters of acceptance in the mail. Many are coming back for one more visit before they make up their minds, visiting the campus and classes and checking out housing options like Tandem Properties.

If you’re a possible member of the class of 2019, you may be interested to learn that across the UC system, UC Davis was voted by more of its own students in a survey as a place where everyone is treated with dignity and fairness.

Believed to be the largest survey of its kind ever conducted in American higher education, the ultimate goal is for all UC campuses to be better equipped in ongoing efforts to promote an environment where all are treated fairly and with dignity. 

UC Davis by far had the largest number of participants in the survey with 18,466 completed. In addition, the majority of respondents reported positively about the overall campus climate as well as in their academic and work-life experiences.

  • 80 percent of respondents said they were “comfortable” or “very comfortable” with the campus climate at UC Davis (13 percent responded “neither comfortable nor uncomfortable,” and 7 percent responded “uncomfortable” or “very uncomfortable”).
  • 76 percent of undergraduate students, 82 percent of graduate/professional students and 89 percent of faculty and postdoctoral students were “comfortable” or “very comfortable” with the climate in their classes.
  • 80 percent of respondents thought UC Davis values a diverse faculty and 82 percent a diverse staff.

“The findings from the survey make it clear that UC Davis is an institution that values and promotes civility and mutual respect,” Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said.  

The campus has already instituted important programs aimed at creating a supportive and affirming campus environment. Launched in fall 2010, the Hate-Free Campus Initiative (HFCI) works to proactively engage the entire campus community in educational programs, training and activities designed to confront and stop acts of hate, foster a greater awareness and appreciation for diversity, promote civility and respect in our interactions, and support our campus Principles of Community. Likewise, this year Chancellor Katehi began the Human Equity Initiative, which will help to guide and inform all of the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts by emphasizing the unique experiences and talents of each member of the campus community with the goal of creating an environment that allows all to be creative, productive and excel.

For more information about the steps UC Davis is taking to make its campus a welcoming one, please click on the link above.