During my tenure at UC Davis the campus faced a number of challenges, some of which have made worldwide news. The following committees have been responsible for establishing (in 2013-15): a community based police accountability board to monitor behavior and use of force by UC Davis police, evaluation of the 2013 UC Campus Climate Survey, and the creation of the 1st in the nation Preferred Name Service.
Personally, my contributions included working with the administration to present 2013 Campus Climate survey data; created multiple survey instruments to assess the impact of university initiatives on the campus climate; served as selection committee Chair, Diversity & Principles of Community Achievement Recognition Awards; and analyzed annual data on the hiring and retention of minorities at UC Davis as member, SDAAC Affirmative Action subcommittee. Below are the descriptions of the committees on which I served:
Campus Council on Community and Diversity (CCC&D)
The Campus Council on Community and Diversity is an advisory body to the Chancellor and the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. The overarching responsibility for the Council is to provide both campus leaders and the campus community with advice concerning ways to strengthen and maintain the bonds of community at UC Davis. In particular, the charge includes providing advice on:
Actions required to ensure that our students, faculty, staff and administration better reflect the richness of California's ethnic and cultural diversity.
Strategies to ensure that the environment of UC Davis is welcoming and inclusive of the cultural differences and knowledge bases of all Californians and, indeed, of all people of the world.
Staff Diversity Administrative Advisory Committee (SDAAC)
Advises the Provost via the Associate Executive Vice Chancellor Campus Community Relations regarding the campus Comprehensive Diversity Action Plan on matters related to staff.
The committee reviews:Staff related affirmative action programs;
Recommends Diversity Education and Training programs;
Advises the campus senior administration regarding general employment related policy issues; and Participates in the planning and offering of campus programs to promote diversity and inclusion.
Within the Department of Political Science I have served as Union Representative and Treasurer for the Graduate Student Association (2011-2015). I held similar positions in the University of Nevada Political Science Graduate Association too (2009-2011).
I have also served as an undergraduate mentor through the UC Davis's GAAAP Program.