Advancing the UN SDGs, Together

UC Davis Global Affairs, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Office of Sustainability are partnering to put on UC Davis Forums on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities; Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 14: Life Below Water; Goal 15: Life On Land; Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

The three-part series of forums is centered around UC Davis engagement with sustainable development across economic, social and environmental dimensions. The forums aim to build a campuswide community deeply committed to advancing the SDGs, and stimulate the creation of a UC Davis community of practice to think and work together and help chart a course for intentional and sustained commitment to the SDGs agenda. The first forum was held in fall 2020.

Fall 2020: UC Davis Forum on the UN SDGs


The inaugural UC Davis Forum on the UN SDGs showcased UC Davis activities that contribute to the SDGs and began to build a UC Davis community of practice around the SDGs. It also provided specific resources and upcoming engagement opportunities.

Program Overview 

October 21, 2020  |  3–4 p.m.
  • Developing our Foundation for SDGs Engagement at UC Davis
    • Featuring: Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Dean - Global AffairsRenetta Garrison Tull, Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Camille Kirk, Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
    • Special guest: Gbemi Disu, Chief Business Officer for George Mason University's Korea Campus
  • Spotlighting UC Davis Contributions to the SDGs Agenda, Featuring Faculty and Student Projects:
    • Zoonotic Disease Spillover from Wildlife
      Christine Kreuder Johnson, School of Veterinary Medicine Professor of Epidemiology and Ecosystem Health; Director of PREDICT Program; Director of EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics; and Associate Director of the One Health Institute
    • Oceans, Ecosystems and People
      John Largier, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Professor of Coastal Oceanography; and Associate Director of International Programs at the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute
    • Sustainable Aquaculture
      Nisha Marwaha, College of Engineering Alumna (B.S., Biological Systems Engineering '18 and M.S., Biological Systems Engineering '20); and Alternative Seafood Intern at CGIAR, WorldFish (Malaysia)
    • Global Health and Wellness Through Inter-Professional Education and Shared Practice
      Laura Van Auker, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Identifying Paths for Involvement in the SDGs Agenda
  • Next Steps

Attendees are encouraged to engage throughout the forums using the chat feature in Zoom, proposing questions for the group and providing updates on their projects related to the SDGs. We also encourage you to share your projects and experiences with the UN SDGs on Twitter, using #UCDavisSDGs and @UCDavisGlobal and @UCD_Diversity.

“The SDGs connect UC Davis with the world and provide us with a globally-recognized framework for collaborations that find solutions for today’s most critical global challenges,” said Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs. The SDG Agenda connects the local and global, which is critical especially in the midst of COVID-19, as we mitigate challenges in California and around the world. These forums are an exciting way to bring together UC Davis expertise, experience, and engagement with the SDGs to celebrate and galvanize our contributions towards these goals over the next decade,” Regulska said.

Learn more from Vice Provost and Dean Regulska, Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Renetta Garrison Tull, and Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner Camille Kirk about the inaugural forum.

Future Forums

UC Davis Global Affairs, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Office of Sustainability are also planning UC Davis Forums on the UN SDGs for winter and spring quarters. More information will be announced soon.

More Information

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If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jolynn Shoemaker, director of global engagements in Global Affairs, at