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Welcoming Parents to Give Day “Challenges”

by Cari DuBois-Wright

Spring is almost here, and Give Day, April 16-17, is fast approaching. For parents new to campus, our 29-hour Give Day is UC Davis’ biggest fundraiser. Last year, in the early days of the pandemic, Give Day brought in a record $2.5 million, up from just over $2 million in 2019. It was a heartening and tremendously helpful show of support in a time of extraordinary need.

Black History Month 2021 is More Important Than Ever

Black History Month 2021 is More Important Than Ever Deborah Thompson Austin ‘87

Remembering our history and how it has impacted Black communities is one way we honor Black History Month. When I think about our past, I am immediately drawn to what a year 2020 was with the three major crises that invoked intense difficulties and trouble. We began 2020 with the Coronavirus pandemic, then the national awareness of social injustice, and ended the year with a Presidential election that stressed dissonances across the country.

Improving nursing care for transgender patients

As a registered nurse, Matthew Vega ’11, MS ’20 is on a mission. He wants to improve nursing care for transgender patients, who suffer from health care disparities including higher rates of mental health problems and suicide.

Never Have I Ever

After Richa Shukla Moorjani (B.A., communication, ’11) switched her major from theatre to communication, she accepted that she wouldn’t have a career as a performer. Then, in her senior year at UC Davis, she took an acting class that put her back on a path that led to a major role on a hit television series.

Reflecting and Taking Steps

By Spencer Atkinson

As we pass through the shortest days of the current year, many cultures encourage a time of inward reflection and intention setting for the year ahead. At the Internship and Career Center (ICC), reflection and intention setting are a year-round practice we encourage for students! Your student may want to act on some of the insights they are discovering about themselves, and we know the importance of your support as they determine their next steps.

Parent sparks win-win partnership with the ASUCD Pantry

By Cari DuBois-Wright, Associate Director of Development in Parent Giving

The holidays are a time of giving—and we thank UC Davis parents for finding creative ways to support students in need. 

Consider the story of UC Davis parent Larry Jacobs, who took his longtime support of the ASUCD Pantry—a student-run organization providing food and hygiene items to hundreds of students each week—to the next level by creating a working partnership with Salesforce, where he worked as a software architect. 

Students to Help Students Find Stable Housing 

by Cari DuBois-Wright, Associate Director of Development in Parent Giving

Last month I shared how I never stop marveling at the generosity and dedication of UC Davis parents. This month I’d like to talk about our amazing students, who are joining forces to address a growing problem at UC Davis and campuses nationwide: housing insecurity and homelessness among students.