Chancellor Gary S. May

Dear University of California, Davis, community members,

Thank you for helping to define what UC Davis will become over the next decade by participating in the university’s strategic planning process, “To Boldly Go.” This process coincides with planning for the next comprehensive fundraising campaign, which will help us reach even greater heights. For this, we turn to you again for involvement. We are looking for ideas that, if given the necessary resources, can help solve society’s greatest challenges.

In fall 2015, leaders at UC Davis put forth a call for Big Ideas. We turned to faculty, staff and students for input on how the university could positively impact the world and offer donors the opportunity to make a meaningful impact. Thirteen innovative ideas moved forward, offering potential solutions in sustainability, food, water, global education, animal and human health and more. These Big Ideas align very closely with the university’s strategic plan.

In an effort to fully represent the strengths and breadth of UC Davis, we are launching a second, targeted call for Big Ideas. The submission period will be from October 1, 2018 to November 15, 2018.

We are seeking proposals in the following areas:

  • Student experience
  • Arts and humanities
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Environmental and planetary health
  • Equity, inclusion and social justice

After proposals are received, multiple rounds of review will be conducted by the Campaign Steering Committee. Then, selected ideas will be developed into 2-3 page whitepapers with writing assistance and, if they move forward, given dedicated fundraising, marketing and communication support. Selected ideas from Cycle II will be featured alongside Cycle I ideas as campaign cornerstones.

I encourage you to partner with colleagues, department chairs and deans on submissions. Together, our university will move boldly into the future. The Big Ideas process, in concert with the strategic plan, will chart our exciting course. We look forward to learning about your innovative ideas.

Best Regards,
Chancellor Gary S. May