Land-grant universities were created in the 1800s to meet a growing demand for agricultural and technical education, but at a cruel cost. The U.S. took nearly 11 million acres of land from approximately 250 tribes, bands, and communities to create these institutions.
As a land-grant university, UC Davis faces the challenge of fully reckoning with and growing from our history to ensure we are advancing equity, creating opportunity for Native American students, and fulfilling the promise to have a profound positive public impact on our world through teaching, research, and service.
Grand Challenges will support the work of addressing the harmful origins and complex aims of our land-grant university while developing a model of positive public impact and equity for others to follow.
The work of reimagining our university begins internally by increasing university system efficiency, addressing continuing challenges, forging meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with Native nations, breaking down disciplinary silos, and building pathways for collaboration and innovation that will have a profound public impact.
How we are facing this challenge
We are building a campus-wide network of challengers, if you are interested in joining, please email us.