Reaffirming the Meaning Behind the Principles of Community

Before the Document is Celebrated Feb. 22-26, Describe It in a Survey Before Feb. 19

Principles of Community Week is approaching, and after the events of 2020 the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is asking the campus community to describe the document in a campaign that will become a reaffirmation of our values — the way Aggies treat one another and want to be treated — in future years.

“When you — our students, our educators, our researchers, our staff — think about what the Principles of Community ought to be, what words come to mind?” the office said in an email to students today (Feb. 9).


The office is inviting the entire campus community — students, staff and faculty — to choose the four words that best describe the Principles of Community, which was first signed in 1990. The survey offers 28 words to choose from — including dignity, equity, justice and community — and asks respondents to choose the four that are the most meaningful to them.

“The four most-commonly cited words will become the cornerstones of a dialogue and ultimately a campaign to reinforce our commitment to these principles,” the survey says.

They will form the basis for a yearslong lead-up to the next official reaffirmation of the document, due in 2025. Each of the four words will be the focus of Principles of Community Week events for one year during the lead-up.

Flyer for 2021 Principles of Community WeekAs for this year, Principles of Community Week will comrpise a series of virtual events (click on the links to register) and a menu of precorded programs, offering the opportunity to reflect on the document and reaffirm its meaning.

Virtual events

Monday, Feb. 22

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Wednesday, Feb. 24

  • The Intersection of Disability and Other Identities, presented by the Disability Issues Administrative Advisory Committee Dialogues Panelists include Carla Lee Scroggins, undergraduate; Em Doolittle, basic needs advocate in Student Housing and Dining Services; Beth Foraker, a supervisor and lecturer in the School of Education, and co-director of the Redwood Supported Education to Elevate Diversity Scholars Program. Noon.
  • Constituent Group Open House, presented by the Staff Diversity Administrative Advisory Committee — Learn about the seven constituent groups whose members provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to explore and share the many contributions they bring to the university. 1 p.m.
  • Making the Invisible Visible: Using Cognitive Apprenticeship to Engage Students in Disciplinary Discourse Faculty workshop on techniques faculty members can use to effectively support students who are not already experts in the faculty member’s field of study. 1 p.m.
  • Undergraduate Student Event Meet the student advisors to the chancellor and representatives from the Chancellor's Undergraduate Advisory Board and learn about their programs. 6 p.m.
  • Mental Health in the Black Community: Experiences, Perspectives and Healing Facilitated by Tiffany R. Mimms, president and clinical psychologist at the Rosetta Center for Counseling and Wellness; and Chase Moore, founder and educational psychologist at the Pan African Wellness Center. Co-sponsored by the UC Davis Health African American Faculty and Staff Association and the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Friday, Feb. 26

Prerecorded workshops

Available all week and beyond.

The full schedule, plus a list of events for the Sacramento campus, is available online.

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