International Connections Reception

A Reception for the Globally Engaged

Annually, Global Affairs invites the UC Davis community for an evening of networking and celebration of globally-engaged faculty, staff, and scholars. 

9th Annual International Connections Reception

Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 4:30-6:00 p.m.

UC Davis International Center Multipurpose Room 
463 California Avenue
Davis, California
(cross streets: California Avenue and Beckett Hall Circle)

This event is free and open to UC Davis faculty, staff, and the community. 

At our International Connections Reception, we celebrated the 2023-24 winners of the:

  • Chancellor's Award for International Engagement
    • Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean for Global Engagement, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    • Nicole Rabaud, Executive Director for Student and Postdoctoral support, Graduate Studies
  • Excellence in Teaching for Global Learning Award
    • Jonathan K London, Professor, Human  Human Ecology/Community and Regional Development, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    • Timothy J. McNeil, Professor, Design, College of Letters and Science

And acknowledged the 2023-24 recipients of the following Global Affairs programs:

2023-24 Global Affairs Grant Recipients 

  • Seed Grants for International Activities

  • Ermias Kebreab and Erin McGuire, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    Cultivating Equity: Building International Partnerships for Sustainable Horticulture and Food Systems Research (Africa)

    Anya Brown and Rachael Bay, College of Biological Sciences 
    Can Genotypic Diversity Help Save Rarotonga’s Reefs? (Oceania and the Polar Regions)

    Philipp Zerbe and Anna Cowie, College of Biological Sciences 
    Project Amazon Link: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Applications in Plant Biotechnology (Latin America and the Caribbean)
    Supported by the Gurdev S. and Harwant K. Khush Seed Grant 

    Yayoi Takamura, College of Engineering 
    Low Temperature Synthesis of Complex Oxide Thin Films for Sustainable Energy Technologies (Latin America and the Caribbean)

    James Smith and Donald Donham, College of Letters and Science
    Regime Change in Ethiopia: Culture, Violence, and Local Resilience (Africa)

    Megan Welsh, School of Education
    Enactment of Classroom Assessment Standards in Chilean Teacher Preparation Programs (Latin America and the Caribbean)

    Shayak Sarkar and Leticia Saucedo, School of Law
    Domestic Workers’ Collective Bargaining in the 21st Century (Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and North America)

    Lisa Evangelista, School of Medicine
    Developing a Sustainable Community-Based Educational, Clinical, and Research Outreach Program for Swallowing Disorders in Head and Neck Surgical Patients in Kenya (Africa)

    Patrick Marius Koga, School of Medicine
    Mapping Turkish and Syrian Refugee Mothers' Vulnerability (Middle East)
    Supported by the Richard F. Walters Seed Grant

    Laura Van Auker, Stephen Cavanagh and Debra Bakerjian,  Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
    UC Davis School of Nursing and Health, University of Nairobi Schools of Nursing and Medicine Partner: Modeling Advanced Practice Nursing Interprofessional Medical Care Teams in Kenya (Africa)

    Tierra Evans and Julius Nziza, School of Veterinary Medicine
    Global Collaboration to Understand Impacts of Microbiome on Mountain Gorilla Health (Africa)

    Monica Aleman, School of Veterinary Medicine
    Improving the Clinical and Diagnostic Skills for Equine Neurological Diseases of Veterinarians and Veterinary Medicine (Latin America and the Caribbean)

  • Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals
  • Irwin R. Donis-González, Universidad del Valle, Guatemala and Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    Cultivating Sustainability: A Comprehensive Drying Initiative to Combat Postharvest Losses in Guatemala
    Their efforts aim to support SDG 2: Zero Hunger and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

    Kurt Rohde, Stacey Parker and Robin HillCollege of Letters and Science and Finance, Operations and Administration
    A BowerHaus for a Post-Anthropocene World - A Tale in Two Chapters
    Their project will contribute to the advancement of SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 14: Life Below Water, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

    Shingirai Taodzera, Honorable Apollo Rwamparo​ and representatives of the Acholi, Buganda, Tooro, Busoga, Rwenzuru, and Ankole Kingdoms​, College of Letters and Science
    Resource-Rich Kingdoms and Sustainable Development in Africa
    Their efforts aim to develop greater alignment for achieving SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 15: Life on Land.

    Emmanuel Okello, Steven Odongo and Obeb-Karacel Mixed Farmer’s Group​​, School of Veterinary Medicine
    Pigs for Progress: Transforming Rural Livelihoods in Alebtong, Northern Uganda
    Their project will help reach SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 14: Life Below Water, SDG 15: Life on Land, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

And acknowledged the participants of the following Global Affairs programs:

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