2020 Equity Summit

10th annual Equity Summit - March 10, 2020

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


Registration is now open!

Early registration closes November 30, 2019.

Social Justice Award Nominations

We invite the public to nominate individuals for a social justice award by 5pm on December 2, 2019. Nominees do not need to be associated with any specific institution or reside within California, but should meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Widely recognized as a transformative leader, scholar, activist, healer, educator, student and/or organizer
  • Made a significant contribution to equity and social justice, whether in policy, practice or pedagogy
  • Show evidence of socially responsible, ethical and outstanding community engagement, either in specific positions of responsibility or while involved in organizing activities
Nominations will be accepted within each of the following categories:

The Brandon Harrison Award for Youth Leadership and Youth Organizing: Awarded to young people (25 and under) who consistently and courageously demonstrate leadership, activism, organizing and self-determination for themselves and their communities.

Engaging Scholarship and Activism: Awarded to individuals who transcend borders between the community and the academy. For this individual, research is in service of social change. Their work is accessible to multiple stakeholders and they leverage knowledge to engage, educate, and empower.

Seeding Improvements in Education Policy and Practice: Awarded to individuals who understand systems and maneuver strategically as an ally and advocate for/with marginalized groups. By developing policies and practices based upon an equitable worldview, this person is an architect of the future.

Ubuntu Award for Inspiring Social Change: Awarded to individuals who typically work behind-the-scenes, doing the daily hard/heart-work of leaving this world better then they found it. This person is a warrior of love and justice and is unapologetic in their quest to improve the world.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Embodying Equity and Diversity: Awarded to individuals who are committed to social justice personally and professionally. They have transcended multiculturalism as a career and leveraged it into a grander service to humanity. This person is a courageous, visionary leader.