Linda P.B. Katehi, PhD

Chancellor, University of California, Davis

The INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award honors college presidents and chancellors who go above and beyond their everyday duties to give back to their institutions and communities. Chancellor Katehi was nominated by colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity as a 2016 Giving Back Award recipient for her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion and encouraging community service both on her campus and in the surrounding community. 

Civic Involvement
Member of the Global Advisory Committee of the Women and the Green Economy campaign; regional representative of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; member of the Board of the California STEM Learning Network; presidential sponsor of the American Council on Educations’ Women’s Network of Northern California; adviser for Drexel University’s ELATE program, a leadership development program for senior women faculty in STEM

Vision for the Future
Katehi’s “University of the 21st Century” campaign seeks to engage the University of California (UC), Davis community to brainstorm ways to improve the quality of life on campus.

Building Spaces for Conversation
Commissioned the Student Community Center, which houses the LGBTQIA Resource Center, Cross-Cultural Center, Student Recruitment and Retention Center, and more

Supporting Low-Income Students
Under Katehi’s leadership, The New York Times ranked UC Davis No. 2 among universities providing the most support to low-income students.

Nomination Excerpt
“Since coming to UC Davis in 2009, Katehi has led extensive efforts to recruit high-quality, diverse students. UC Davis is now a majority-minority institution, and 71 percent of its undergraduates are African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Asian Pacific Islander. The incoming class in fall 2015 was the most diverse in the institution’s history. … A critical key to Katehi’s socially responsible leadership is her ability to empathize with those who face potentially serious obstacles to their achievement of basic needs and health, academic and professional success, and happiness. She is also keenly aware that a crucial component of a productive, successful community and vital society is its members’ respect for each other’s differences and also the ability to recognize commonalities in our experiences.”