Celebrating the Principles of Community

Principles of Community Week starts Tuesday, Feb. 22, but before we get there, here’s a reminder of the most popular words that emerged last year when we asked the campus community to distill the principles into four words:


  • WHAT: Principles of Community Week
  • WHEN: Feb. 22 March 2
  • OPENING CEREMONY: 11:30 am-12:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 22, remote, including remarks by Chancellor Gary S. May
  • respect
  • Equity
  • learning
  • Community

“As we participate in the 2022 activities for Principles of Community Week, let’s embody these four words and recommit to the principles as a whole — principles that make us all so proud to be a part of UC Davis, reflecting the ideals that we continue to seek to uphold,” said Renetta Garrison Tull, vice chancellor of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Principles of Community Week, the vice chancellor said, “is a time to remember and celebrate our collective values ​​such as affirming the right of freedom of expression, rejecting violence in all forms and rejecting all manifestations of discrimination.”

this years week is actually a little longer than a week and includes workshops, presentations and dialogues, starting with a remote opening ceremony featuring remarks by Chancellor Gary S. May, next Tuesday, Feb. 22.

The schedule includes a book talk accompanied by Afro-Brazilian musical performances; an Aggie Explorations program with the director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives; a workshop on anti-racist teaching, for faculty and teaching assistants; an Interfaith Campus Council dialogue; and a transallyship workshop. All activities are listed below.

‘Aspirational statement’

UC Davis adopted the Principles of Community 31 years ago and revised them six years ago “to underscore the PoC’s standing and meaning as an aspirational statement.”

Here are some excerpts:

  • “We affirm the dignity inherent in all of us, and we strive to maintain a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another.”
  • “We confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, age, visible and nonvisible disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, religious/nonreligious, spiritual, or political beliefs, socio-economic class, status within or outside the university, or any of the other differences among people which have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension or hatred.”
  • “We recognize and cherish the richness contributed to our lives by our diversity. We take pride in all our achievements, and we celebrate our differences.”


the Principles of Community webpage includes links for:

  • The document in English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hmong, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese
  • The “Living the Principles of Community” online course

Opening ceremony

Other speakers besides the chancellor will be David Lubarsky, vice chancellor, Human Health Sciences, and CEO of UC Davis Health; and Renetta Garrison Tull, vice chancellor, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Hendry Ton, associate vice chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UC Davis Health, will be the moderator.

Other events

  • Juan Diego DiazI and his book “Africanness in Action: Essentialism and Musical Imaginations of Africa in Brazil

    book talk and musical performances, presented by the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspective on Social Science, Arts and Humanities, or CAMPSSAH Assistant Professor Juan Diego Díaz’s talk on Afro-Brazilian music, the subject of his new book, Africanness in Action: Essentialism and Musical Imaginations of Africa in Brazilwill be accompanied by the UC Davis Samba School, led by Brian Rice, lecturer in music, and the author’s Capoeira Ensemble (he described copoeira as “an Afro-Brazilian art combining instrumental music, song, dance, combat and acrobatics”). Moderator: Kimberly Nettles-Barcelón, the faculty director of CAMPSSAH.

  • Faculty and Teaching Assistants Workshop: Five Approaches to Anti-Racist Teaching — Participants will engage with the five practical components of Kyoko Kishimoto‘s anti-racist teaching practices (2018). Facilitators from the UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness: Kem Saichaie, director of learning and teaching, and Cecilia Gomez, education specialist.
  • “How Students Can Become More Involved In Campus Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts” — Cayley Chan and Sana Sayyid, student assistants to the chancellor, will facilitate a discussion between students and DEI Vice Chancellor Tull.
  • Interfaith Campus Council dialogue — Panelists will share how they build connections across diverse faith communities to cultivate interfaith leaders for the campus and beyond. A light meal will be served.
  • Milmon Harrison

    Dialogue and discussion on this year’s Campus Community Book Project: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi — Panelists: Milmon F. Harrison, associate professor of African American and African Studies, and associate dean, Undergraduate Education; Dominique Donette, lobbyist and public affairs specialist, NAACP California and Hawaii; and Kula Koenig, senior director, California Capital Region, United Way. Moderator: Rev. Kevin Kitrell Ross, senior minister and chief executive officer, Unity of Sacramento Church. Sponsored by UC Davis, Sac Cultural Hub and Underground Books.

  • Lina Mendez

    Aggie Explorations featuring Lina Mendez, director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives — This is the inaugural program in Aggie Explorations, presented by Staff Assembly. Mendez is the campus’s inaugural director of HSI Initiatives.

  • Trans Allyship Workshop — Jasper Lounds of the LGBTQIA Resource Center will discuss trans student experiences and the importance of pronouns, and offer trans allyship tips.
  • “What is ‘Street Medicine’ and Why Does It Exist?” † Brett Feldman, physician assistant, will share insights and experiences working with people who are unhoused. Presented by the Staff Diversity Administrative Advisory Committee.

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