In June 2020, the UC Davis One Health Institute, or OHI, at the School of Veterinary Medicine pledged to develop a small grants program that would promote the integration of the One Health approach into efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI. We feel the One Health concept is an excellent approach for exploring novel applications and improvements to address inequities, but requires better DEI immersion throughout all engagements.
The OHI issued its call for proposals in January, offering funding of $5,000 to $10,000 for up to five pilot projects that support incorporation of DEI in One Health activities, as well as pilot projects that use the One Health approach to address structural racism and reduce biases.
We are excited to announce the four winning projects that will challenge, illuminate and ultimately begin to move us forward toward a more just and equitable community of One Health professionals. Each day this week we will feature one of the winners on the One Health blog, summarizing the project, its inspiration and the project team’s hope for the future as we all embark on this essential work together.
DEI/Black Lives Matter grant winners
- BRIDGE One Health: Boosting Representation and Inclusion of Diverse Groups and Experiences in One Health — David Rizzo, Jonina Balabis, Sara Cisneros, Crystal Diaz, Benjamin Freck, Miriam Garfinkel, Hana Minsky, Amanda Nguyen, Julia Nguyen, Prachi Verma, Kupiri Ackerman-Barger
- Try Harder, Be Better: An Anti-Oppression Program for One Health Professionals — Michael Ziccardi, Eunah Preston, Brooke Genovese, Bridgette Smith, Amy Bond
- Changing Today’s Veterinary Education through Tomorrow’s Leaders: Instructors Learning from Students — Kristin Jankowski, Erik Olstad, Karen Ann Boudreaux, Joie Watson
- Expanding Perspectives: New Dialogues to Address Systemic Inequities Through One Health Education — Jennifer Lane, Michael Wilkes