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Campus Global Theme: Help us Select our Next Theme

Help us select the 2nd Campus Global Theme!

The Campus Global Theme program identifies a topic linked to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engages the entire UC Davis community in related discussion, learning, discovery, and action. The inaugural Campus Global Theme Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet, will come to an end during Spring Quarter 2021, and we are looking for your input to help select the second theme, which will run from Fall 2021 through Spring 2023. 

While the theme links to the SDGs, we want to encourage a broad interpretation of what it means to “engage” the SDG, or SDGs via the specific topic chosen. For example, “Food for Thought” is not merely about physical food but also about nourishing the community, the physical world, and our minds and souls.  In addition, we are looking for topics that will enable us to examine the SDGs through the lens of equity and inclusion—examining social dynamics and the challenges of achieving just outcomes. 

As you consider topics, please think about broad ideas that all disciplines and departments might wish to engage from their unique perspective.  

Help us select the second campus global themeApplication and Submission

To submit a topic by December 4, 2020:

  1. Review the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and select one, or a combination of several, that interest you and that might be of interest to the entire campus. (Please note that the first Campus Global Theme was organized around social, humanistic, and scientific dimensions of food and was initially built upon SDGs 2, 3, 10, and 11.)

  2. Consider how to summarize the SDG as a theme for broad campus discussion and learning and in a way that is inclusive of many disciplinary perspectives, as well as of social justice and equity.

  3. Go to our survey and indicate which SDGs are of interest and provide a proposed title for a Campus Global Theme that integrates your selected SDG interests and a brief explanation of your theme and its relevance to disciplines across the university.

Our committee will select the top three ideas, and we will then seek input from across campus to choose the winner.


We invite students, staff, and faculty to submit ideas. 

Call for event proposals

After the theme selection we will put out a call for proposals for workshops, field trips, lectures, film or book discussions, and other ways to invite participants to engage the theme.


Submit a topic by December 4, 2020.

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