Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee


Mission Statement

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) of the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis aspires to promote equity and justice in our department and on our campus. We maintain that the historical entanglement of our discipline with racial oppression and colonialism makes it all the more pressing that we reflect upon and change the practices through which we do and teach anthropology today. We are thus committed to developing concrete, anti-racist actions in the short and long term. In particular, we aim to institutionalize these actions in undergraduate and graduate education, hiring, outreach, scholarship, and service. We also provide a supportive place for discussion and accessing resources for our community and those who may have experienced bias or discrimination.


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Further reading  & resources

Department statements

General University Resources

Native American - University Relations

  • UC Davis & the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • UC Davis Land Acknowledgement Statement, for the Davis campus (developed in consultation with members of the Patwin community)
    • We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
    • The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.
  • The UC Davis Sacramento campus is on Miwok and Nisenan aboriginal land, and those working in Sacramento should acknowledge this while an official statement is in development.
  • To learn more about who lived where in many parts of the world, including California, check out the Native Lands Digital Project.
  • For a deep dive: The University of California Land Grab