Preparing Change Makers
Give rise to the next generation of great leaders
They are the curious explorers, entrepreneurial dreamers and creative visionaries of tomorrow. And they are looking for a classroom, a community and a career to make it all real. At UC Davis, they'll find everything they need to chart their paths—and to change the course of what's happening in the world to what can and should be. They have their own expectations. Together, we'll give them even greater.
Our Campaign Priorities
Investing in their future through competition
Men’s Basketball guard Cameron Ba ’22 and his teammates explored career opportunities in finance thanks to alumni connections and Aggie Launch, a donor-supported Big Idea. When the pandemic ended their 2020 season early, players turned to competing in a stock market investment simulation, advised by a basketball alumnus who is now a wealth manager. All players earned a positive return on their investments, just like students do every day at UC Davis.
The perfect goal after graduation
Women’s soccer forward Tami Kwong ’21 is pursuing an MBA thanks to the career-preparation resources she received through Aggie Launch, a donor-supported Big Idea. Aggie Launch helps undergrads like Tami chart a path to post-graduation success via access to internships, mentors, experiential learning opportunities, and networking events like alumni coffee chats.
Global Education for All
The next generation of global problem solvers
We’re aiming to provide 100% of our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with global learning opportunities that expand their worldview and improve communities across the globe. In addition to study abroad programs, this initiative extends global thinking to coursework, living and learning communities, research opportunities, and more.
The next generation of sustainable farmers
We need graduates ready to feed and sustain today’s growing world. This 23-acre farm is a community where students can create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems. At the farm, students learn from seasoned field-based educators in order to understand sustainability through the soils, crops, climate and communities in which they work.
The next generation of change makers
Our changing society demands a new kind of student—innovative, flexible and driven—and a world-class education to match. To empower the leading minds of tomorrow, we must ensure that a UC Davis education is accessible and affordable for all. With scholarships and other forms of transformative student support, we can build educational equity and boost social mobility, preparing a diverse group of students to make our world greater.
Cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset
Where an idea starts
Innovation is more than just venturing into new territory. It’s also about working within existing systems and pursuing solutions where others see obstacles. In today’s rapidly evolving world, we need bold ideas in every field and at every level.
Collaborations that pull from every discipline
By reaching all prospective UC Davis learners—from students and faculty to alumni and executives—we create a thriving culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that stems from collaboration. It comes from specific coursework, experiential learning, and a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities available to these learners. This makes our collective impact much greater.
From our campus to across the world
As our students become empowered to make change here on our own campus, they gain the skills necessary to extend this mindset to communities beyond. Our graduates are called upon to solve the world’s problems in food, energy, veterinary and human medicine, climate change science and more. We’re leading the nation in helping faculty, student and staff researchers change the world through their ideas.
As we look forward, we look to you
Today’s employers expect great things from UC Davis graduates. Your support will transform what they can achieve and contribute, allowing them to exceed expectations as tomorrow’s change agents. Make a greater difference. Make their UC Davis experience like none other.