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NEWS BRIEFS: Reception for UC’s diversity-inclusion VP

By Dave Jones on May 5, 2015 in University News

UC Davis’ Strategic Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a reception this week for Yvette Gullatt, the UC system vice provost of Diversity and Engagement. The campus community is invited to attend: 4-5 p.m. Thursday (May 7) in the Gallagher Hall lobby.


Gullatt’s position is new as of January, established to oversee issues of diversity and inclusion and coordinate efforts in these areas across all levels of the university. She was already serving as vice provost for Educational Partnerships and continues to oversee its initiatives and services, which are aimed at boosting the number of underrepresented minorities in higher education.

Chancellor Linda P.B. appointed the Strategic Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusion last year. “The planning process should proceed with a goal of providing a blueprint for engagement and community outreach, as well as specific actions that effectively demonstrate how UC Davis values and respects all those who work, live and learn in our campus community,” the chancellor said in her charge letter to the committee.

Suad Joseph, a faculty adviser to the chancellor, is the committee chair; she is a distinguished professor in the Department of Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies Program, and Middle East/South Asia Studies Program.

Student panel featured at HSI forum

What does a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation mean for UC Davis? 

Come learn about UC Davis’ goal to increase diversity and improve campus climate by attaining Hispanic Serving Institution status, and join the discussion during a question-and-answer session.

Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to attend: 3 p.m. Thursday (May 7), Meeting Room D, Student Community Center. The forum will feature a student panel, with the participants giving their perspectives on the campus’s HSI Initiative.

More information on UC Davis’ HIS initiative. 

Hundreds attend vigil for Nepal; fundraising continues

“I wanted my professors and fellow students and all of UC Davis to know what is happening in Nepal,” says Bimala Bogati, a third-year student from the earthquake-ravaged country. So she organized a vigil and fundraiser — held last Thursday night (April 30) outside the Memorial Union.

Several hundred people turned out, and Bogati said she almost cried, that’s how heartened she was. “It was so nice to see this show of support.”

Read more and see television coverage from Sacramento's News10 and a list of relief organizations.

Related: "Nepal: When greenhouses become tents," from the Horticulture Innovation Lab

Moobilenet shuts down, ucd-guest expands

As of today (May 5), moobilenet is out to pasture as the Davis campus’s wireless access service for guests. Instead, ucd-guest now serves the entire campus after a successul pilot project in the Conference Center, Gallagher Hall and the Buehler Alumni Center. Read more in last week’s Dateline.

If you are not a guest, but were using moobilenet, Information and Educational Technology advises you to use moobilenetx or eduroam instead. The best option is eduroam, which will eventually become the main campus wireless network, but moobilenetx remains available.

The IT Service Catalog has instructions on how to use each service, and this TechNews article from April has more information about the changes. If you have questions or need help, call the IT Express Service Desk, (530) 754-HELP (4357)

Med center earns an A for safety, again

The UC Davis Medical Center has received an A grade for the fourth reporting period in a row in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score program. It ranks hospitals nationwide twice a year on the likelihood that patients will be free from preventable harm during their inpatient stays.

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit coalition of some of the country’s largest employers and health care purchasers.

“I am proud of our consistently strong performance and the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and students who make patient safety a top priority at our hospital every day,” said Ann Madden Rice, the medical center’s chief executive officer.

Read the UC Davis Health System news release.

TRANSITION: Hullinger leads VMTH’s Large Animal Clinic

The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s Large Animal Clinic has a new director: Pam Hullinger, a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (doctorate, 1990; and Master’s of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2001). She completed a residency in internal medicine (equine emphasis) at UC Davis in 2006.

She succeeds Gregory Ferraro, who retired last year.

Hullinger has been working for years at UC Davis as a specialist/clinical diagnostic epidemiologist and lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Medicine and Epidemiology — and she will continue doing so.

She previously worked as the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s chief veterinary officer, overseeing programs aimed at preventing the introduction and mitigating the impact of animal diseases from overseas. Prior to that, she was a veterinary medical officer with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

David Wilson, director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, said Hullinger’s impressive professional background had allowed her to develop strong working relationships with diverse segments of the equine and livestock industries, as well as practicing veterinarians, and educational governmental organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

“These relationships will substantially benefit our large animal clinical programs,” Wilson said.

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Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,