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.
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
To build a permanently diverse STEM UC Davis research community that reflects the changing demography of the United States and Global Community
To establish community, public, private, government partnerships to permanently sustain CAMPOS
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.
The CAMPOS Faculty Affiliates Program provides an opportunity for UC Davis faculty to engage with CAMPOS Faculty Scholars in efforts to build diversity within the academic STEM* disciplines and to enhance our campus’s academic engagement with underserved communities.
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.
Professor Mariel Vazquez is featured in two YouTube videos on the topic of DNA Topology: 1) The Shape of DNA (The amazing knots, twists and turns inside our cells), and 2) How DNA unties its own knots (How “Pac-Man” unties knots in our DNA).
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.