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Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Linda Katehi is UC Davis’ sixth chancellor and first woman to hold the post. (Karin Higgins / UC Davis)

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- Linda Katehi



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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis Leading the Way for Women in STEM

October 29th, 2014 @ 7:51 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

On October 23 I welcomed our new faculty members at the UC Davis ADVANCE reception to celebrate our many recent achievements.

ADVANCE is a three-year program funded by the National Science Federation aimed at increasing the participation of women, especially Latinas, in academic STEM careers.While it is primarily focused on the STEM disciplines, the outcomes provide benefits across our entire University.

Thanks to university-wide efforts, including those of the ADVANCE program, we have increased our percentage of ladder-rank faculty who are women from 29 to 33 percent since 2009.

We also just welcomed the largest and most diverse class of students in our history. We were successful again in increasing the number of under-represented minority students and first-generation students.

Hispanic enrollment this term is at 22.4 percent for freshman and transfer students combined, meaning we are well on our way to being eligible for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the fall of 2018.

One of the reasons we are seeing this tremendous success is due directly to the outstanding faculty that we recruit. They are among the best of the best, and I consider it a great honor to call them colleagues.

Chancellor Linda Katehi: Educating the Future of California and the World

October 7th, 2014 @ 7:00 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Fall convocation is a time of tremendous excitement and promise for all the great work and discoveries that lie ahead. I firmly believe that our university is uniquely poised for excellence in the 21st Century, expertly equipped to help our students lead and solve some of the signature challenges of our time.

They are some of the brightest and most diverse young people at any university in the nation. It is a privilege for our world-class faculty to open new worlds of knowledge for them, from the arts to the sciences, from engineering to classics.

All students should find their passion, discover their own sense of purpose, and end up in careers they find fulfilling and that help make our world a better place for everyone.

When they do enter the workforce, our graduates will be better equipped and experienced to compete and succeed in our global economy because UC Davis is becoming a more international university and campus.

We know students benefit from more exposure to foreign cultures and languages and that the connections they make on campus with international students will help them feel comfortable doing business anywhere on the world stage.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: Diversity in STEM Education is a Strategy for Success

October 1st, 2014 @ 9:00 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

When we talk about training the next generation of leaders for California and America, the growing diversity of our population must be reflective of these efforts. That is the right thing to do for our children and their families and it is essential if California and America are to remain competitive and strong.

That is why we have an active program right now, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring more underrepresented women to our campus in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The three-year, $3.7 million grant allows us to hire up to 16 new STEM faculty and to put in place a permanent support system to help them succeed and be a role model for students and more diverse faculty we want to attract to our campus.

My commitment is to make UC Davis a destination for underrepresented STEM students and faculty. We want to be a model for other universities because we have a culture and infrastructure on our campus that is supportive and nurturing.

President Obama said our nation can strengthen our economy by having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, but achieving this goal will require us to unlock the full talents and potential of every student.

There is work to be done, but we are determined to get there because it’s good for UC Davis, good for California and good for our nation.

To read my opinion editorial on increasing college diversity, visit here.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis Can Play a Key Role in Sacramento Region’s Economic Success

September 20th, 2014 @ 9:00 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

I recently published an opinion editorial in Comstock’s magazine on the possibility of a new UC Davis campus in Sacramento.

While Sacramento has never been a Fortune 500 corporate headquarter, it has UC Davis – a world-renowned university – that can be the driver of a stronger and more diversified regional economy.

Today UC Davis is the Sacramento region’s single largest employer outside of state government. Not only are we educating the next generation of leaders, but also we are creating $7 billion a year in annual economic activity and supporting nearly 70,000 jobs in the region.

We can do more. As the leading university in the world for agriculture, we want to better leverage that expertise to attract more research funding, scientists, jobs and companies focused on food, public health, and global sustainability.

Sacramento’s economy is likely to be built on high-tech, clean energy, food-related innovation and health care, and no institution is better positioned to lead the charge than UC Davis.

By developing a UC Davis campus closer to the Capitol we can focus on our expertise in these important issues and economic drivers. This campus could include the policy arm of our World Food Center, which we established a little more than a year ago to generate practical solutions to feed and nourish people locally and globally for decades to come.

We will continue working with the private sector, state and local government, Sacramento State University, community colleges and others to help Sacramento reach our full potential and build the forward-thinking economy we all want for our region.

To read my full opinion editorial, click here.

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A Call to Support Our Universities

September 4th, 2014 @ 2:00 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

As an advocate for higher education, I want to thank and congratulate the Legislature for approving Assembly Bill 1476 (formerly SB 872) to restore $100 million in previously cut funding to the UC and CSU systems. The measure is now on Gov. Brown’s desk and I hope you will contact the governor and tell him how important it is that we reinvest in California’s future. Money we put into our public universities and colleges pays huge dividends for our students and for our state.

The bill calls for $50 million in one-time spending to be invested in the UC and CSU systems. For UC Davis, that means money that is desperately needed for deferred maintenance costs, graduate student support, instructional equipment in classrooms and other essentials.

If you want to read more about some of the history behind bill and the proposed funding, former Legislators Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine recently published this excellent blog post.

I hope that you will join me in supporting higher education in California and take the time to contact Governor Brown as soon as possible (and before September 30th) to let him know how critical it is to restore some of the cuts we’ve experienced throughout the UC and CSU systems and reinvest in our students.