Public Comment Open for Proposals to Address Bias, Bigotry

Officials are encouraging members of the UC Davis community to submit feedback on proposals for ways to spend one-time funding from the University of California Office of the President to combat bias, bigotry and discrimination, including antisemitism, Islamophobia and more.


The proposals, 36 in all, range from panel discussions on the history of Jews and Muslims and interfaith dialogue sessions to training for managers and supervisors to help them promote emotional health and well-being among those they supervise. Other proposals call for a public art installation and a UC-wide symposium of experts in various related fields.

Proposals can be viewed in a Box folder available to those with a UC Davis login, and feedback can be submitted through an anonymous survey through Friday (Feb. 23).

The proposals must be limited to $100,000 each and address one of the following categories:

  • Mental Health and Trauma Support “to provide emergency mental health and trauma support for students, faculty and staff.”
  • Educational Programming “to develop educational initiatives focused on understanding and addressing bias and bigotry.”
  • Training and Professional Development “to equip UC leaders, staff and faculty with essential knowledge and skills.”

UC Davis will receive $700,000 in funding, and has proposed spending $135,000 on two programs related to emergency mental health and trauma support.

Following the public comment period, a 12-person committee will evaluate the proposals and feedback, and will make final recommendations to Chancellor Gary S. May. He will make the final decision on the proposals that will be submitted to the UC Office of the President for funding consideration.

More information is available on the Finance and Business website.

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Cody Kitaura is the editor of Dateline UC Davis and can be reached by email or at 530-752-1932.

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