On behalf of Global Affairs at UC Davis, I am writing to echo recent statements from UC Davis Chancellor May and UC Board of Regents Chair Pérez and President Napolitano on the tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Stephon Clark and countless other Black Americans. We stand with the UC System and UC Davis in affirming our solidarity with Black students, colleagues, and communities and in speaking out against racism, discrimination, and marginalization.
UC Davis’ fourth annual Give Day, a 29-hour online fundraising drive to support initiatives at UC Davis, will be held this year on April 17-18. As our Aggie family comes together, we remain committed to educating the next generation of problem solvers and change makers through Global Education for All, a Provost’s Priority and campus goal to provide 100% of our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with global learning opportunities that change their lives and our world.
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones, in California and around the world, safe and healthy. As we all continue to adjust to the unprecedented and evolving circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19), I am reminded of how interconnected our world is and of the resiliency of our UC Davis community. Global Education for All, our goal of preparing each and every UC Davis student to navigate the challenges and opportunities of a globally interconnected world, feels more timely than ever before.
I hope you will join me in congratulating our 2019-20 Humphrey Fellows: Nazmul Ahsan, Jihad Atallah, Issam Chariag, Fabrice Inkonkoy, Vindyani Jayasinghe, Ojja Martin Kapaya, Alain-Georges Moukoko, Zuomei Ning, Rommel Reconco, Karina Vergara, and Thu Vo. Being selected for this prestigious fellowship is an honor in itself. The collaborations these 11 truly remarkable international leaders have formed and the projects they have started over this academic year are even more impressive.
We continue to follow the developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitor situations on campus and around the world. Your safety, wellbeing, and educational experience are our priorities. As such, we are writing to assure you protocols are in place to support you. We are also writing to reiterate campus updates and remind you of the information and resources available to support you during what we understand may be a challenging time for you and your family.
Wishing you a happy holiday season and bold new year from all of us in Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis. We hope you’ll enjoy our 2018-19 Annual Report full of updates on exciting global programs and initiatives happening on campus, in California, and around the world.
In recent weeks and days, we have seen increased discussions and gatherings related to the protests in Hong Kong on our campus. As stated in our campus Principles of Community, “we affirm the right of freedom of expression within our community.” We fully support the open exchange of ideas and expression of perspectives. We are proud that UC Davis is a global campus, with a diverse community of people coming from many different backgrounds and countries, having many different identities, experiences, and perspectives.
As you know, here at the University of California, Davis, we are committed to building a diverse community of students, scholars, faculty, and staff. This includes the over 10,000 international students and scholars we welcome to campus from around the world. Changing government rules regarding the definition of persons considered a “public charge” have created much uncertainty among our international community. We hope that the following summary will provide you with an introduction to this issue.
On behalf of Global Affairs, I would like to congratulate and welcome Nancy Erbstein, associate professor in residence in the School of Education, as our new Associate Vice Provost of Global Education for All in Global Affairs, effective June 1, 2019.