2020 Equity Summit

UC Davis’ Equity Summit brings together educators, community members and experts from a range of disciplines to address key social issues of our time. It coalesces people, ideas and institutions to deepen strategies, shape actions and create solutions. It recognizes some of our current social justice warriors. It brings change to the table and inspires activism.


March 10, 2020
UC Davis Conference Center


View the recent keynote address

The 10th annual Equity Summit is an opportunity to network, be inspired and develop a personal or institutional action plan to move towards a more equitable future:

  • Connect with colleagues over dinner, refreshments and music.
  • Be inspired by Social Justice Award winners.
  • Create an action plan through in-depth discussions.
  • Explore publications by award-winning authors at our curated bookstore.
  • Share literature about your cause, foundation or institution in our resource booth.

The Equity Summit is a wonderful way to bring your team together and develop goals for the coming year.

Registration fees directly support regional youth services and include catered dinner and a no-host bar. Registration is full. Please contact Dr. Vajra Watson for waitlist inquiries.

  • Student Registration: $40
  • Individual Registration: $120
  • Group Registration (9+): $1,200

Social Justice Award Winners

Community Engagement and Scholars Activism

Tracy Lachica Buenavista, Ph.D.
Professor of Asian American Studies
California State University, Northridge
Savannah Shange
Assistant Professor of Anthropology 
Principal Faculty in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz


Seeding Improvements in Education Policy and Practice

Pamela Huang Chao
Professor and Chair, Sociology
Coordinator, Equity Action Institute
American River College
Christopher M. Matthews, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services
Fulton County Schools


Ubuntu—Inspiring Social Change

Gayelynn Gerhart
Principal, Alternative Education
Yolo County Office of Education
Michael Gibson
Executive Director, Alameda County EMS Corps
Raymond Walker
Social Emotional Support (SES) Program Manager for High Schools
Natomas Unified School District


Lifetime Achievement Award 
for Embodying Equity and Diversity

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Ph.D.
Professor, Asian American Studies
San Francisco State University
Rachel Guerrero
Guerrero Consulting Services 
Retired Chief, Office of Multicultural Services
California Department of Mental Health