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Published quarterly by the Faculty Development and Diversity Program


  • First-Gen faculty project debuts - Goal is to develop a 'roadmap' and build supportive networks
  • Coffee Break with Gerald Kayingo - From a Ugandan village to UC Davis
  • Profile of Mark Robinson - Retired clinical social worker continues service as a volunteer
  • Post-conference re-cap - Improving OUTcomes goal: LGBTQ+ health care equity
  • New Faculty Welcome - A welcome to new faculty colleagues
  • Insight - The Joys of Teaching
       by Mark Servis, Vice Dean for Medical Education

Would you like to be interviewed for the First-Gen Health Faculty Project?  If so please contact Roberta Campbell 916-703-9109 or rcampbell@ucdavis.edu.

First-Gen faculty project debuts

Goal is to develop a 'roadmap' and build supportive networks

Venturing into uncharted territory is the most forbidding journey that anyone can make. Unfamiliarity with obstacles that lie ahead makes preparation difficult.

For many a first-generation undergraduate or health sciences student, or for a faculty member who is the first in a family to embark on a career in academic medicine, the halls of academia may appear labyrinthine and bewildering. Expectations may not be clear intuitively, and despite their intellectual readiness, newcomers may feel emotionally stranded or out of place.

Mark Robinson (at left) and Roberta Campbell talk with first-gen faculty member Andrés Sciolla, an associate professor of clinical psychiatry. You'll read about Dr. Sciolla's first-gen experiences in a future issue.

The new First-Gen Health Faculty Project has been established to help reduce the sense of isolation that first-generation health sciences faculty members may experience. The First-Gen Health Faculty Project synchronizes with the UC Davis First-Gen project, which has student-centered as well as faculty components.

First-gen medical faculty members can be particularly inspiring to students because they serve as a testament to the attainability of success. Moreover, first-gen faculty can be immensely helpful as mentors because they understand the doubts and fears that first-gen students are experiencing and the obstacles they must overcome. The First-Gen Health Faculty Project is a means through which first-gen faculty can share their stories with others to inspire future generations of academic health faculty members and leaders.

Gerald Kayingo, who emigrated from Uganda and now is an assistant clinical professor in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, is emblematic of first-gen faculty members. No one in the village in which he was raised had gone to college, yet he persevered – his story is told in the new “Coffee Break” section on page 2 of this issue of the newsletter. Faculty News will recurrently publish the stories of other first-gen faculty members.

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