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CAMPOS Initiative
Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science


To support discovery of knowledge by promoting women in science, starting with Latina STEM scholars, through an inclusive environment that is diversity driven, mentorship grounded, and career success focused. CAMPOS builds on the Chancellor’s vision of transforming the University to support women in science, especially Latinas.

  1. To create an internal Blueprint for action in each of the UC Davis STEM schools/department to implement the Chancellor’s vision to sustain the institutional change and transformation that supports women in science, focusing on Latinas through collaboration between CAMPOS and ADVANCE subcommittees
  2. To build a permanently diverse STEM UC Davis research community that reflects the changing demography of the United States and Global Community
  3. To establish community, public, private, government partnerships to permanently sustain CAMPOS
What is a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar?

CAMPOS Faculty Scholars are exceptional scientists in a STEM discipline. They are selected for their transformative thinking, unique perspectives, interdisciplinary approaches, and leadership potential to impact their STEM discipline in profound and enduring ways. Their discoveries, innovations, and technological breakthroughs will contribute to the public good, locally, nationally, and globally. A CAMPOS Faculty Scholar is a role model for future scientists and scholars who share their vision of diversity and inclusion, as key components of the Academy in the 21st Century. 

How can CAMPOS Faculty Scholars be nominated and appointed?

Search Committee Chairs and/or Department Chairs may nominate candidates whom have been selected to interview for a UC Davis STEM Academic Senate faculty position if they meet one or more of the review criteria, as described in the CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination form.

  1. To nominate the candidates, Search Committee Chairs and/or Department Chairs must submit a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination package to camposscholars@ucdavis.edu. The nomination package includes:
  • The CAMPOS Faculty Scholar nomination form
  • A pdf of the faculty candidate’s dossier (CV, cover letter, statement of research, statement of teaching, publications, teaching interests, transcripts, references)
  • A letter summarizing any additional salient professional experiences
  • The faculty position announcement
  1. Promising candidates will be forwarded by the CAMPOS Review Committee to the Vice Provost-Academic Affairs, for final decision of selection of CAMPOS Scholars.
  2. The CAMPOS Faculty Scholar Award is contingent on the candidate’s acceptance of a faculty position, at UC Davis.
What does a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar receive?
  1. The Initiative will provide funding toward salary support
  2. A one-time contribution toward a summer GSR
  3. Professional development mentoring through the CAMPOS community
  4. A Launch Committee can be created for each CAMPOS Faculty Scholar
  • Supports early professional integration and development of CAMPOS Faculty Scholars as they begin their careers at UC Davis. The committees typically meet twice per quarter in person or by teleconference, 2-3 months before arrival through the end of the first academic year.
  • Launch committee includes:
    • A senior faculty member in the new faculty member’s department with related research interests
    • Department Chair
    • Senior faculty member from outside the department, in a field related to that of the CAMPOS Faculty Scholar
    • ADVANCE faculty member (convener of the committee meetings)
  1. Opportunity to participate in the 15-week Faculty Success Program by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

The Faculty Success Program is more individually-oriented than the NCFDD Institutional Membership resources (already provided for free by UC Davis) and provides an intense and heavy-accountability structure through which individual faculty engage with the program and learn to implement the skill-sets and techniques that NCFDD teaches through their curriculum.

  1. Networking

Opportunity to meet UCD women in science and STEM Scholars monthly at the ADVANCE CAMPOS Cafecitos (coffee breaks)

  1. Jacqueline Barlow, College of Biological Sciences-Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  2. Sarah Besky, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences-Human Ecology
  3. Magdalena Cerda, School of Medicine-Emergency Medicine, Violence Prevention Research Program
  4. Lillian Cruz-Orengo, School of Veterinary Medicine-Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology
  5. Anna La Torre, School of Medicine-Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
  6. Cindy Rubio Gonzalez, College of Engineering-Computer Science
  7. Mariel Vazquez, College of Letters and Sciences-Math and Physical Sciences-Math
What is a CAMPOS Cafecito?

CAMPOS hosts a series of Cafecitos (coffee breaks) throughout the academic year, for faculty to network and discuss topics relevant to promoting, and sustaining a diverse community of STEM faculty.