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Foster Care Awareness Month

2019 Foster Care Awareness Month

UC Davis Foster Care Awareness Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of our current and former foster youth students at UC Davis, as well as provide education and awareness of the challenges children face before, during, and after foster care.  These activities are hosted by the Guardian Scholars Program and open to all campus communities.

Join us on our musical journey through Foster Care Month on Spotify:  GSP Tunes

You can also view our events on our GSP Facebook page (@ucdavisgsp):  GSP Foster Care Month Events



Foster Care Month Kickoff

Date:  Thursday, May 2nd

Time:  6:00 – 7:30pm

Place:  Welcome Center

Featured Speaker:  Dr. Kizzy Lopez

Panel:  Guardian Scholar Alumni

Dr. Kizzy Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Degree Completion Program. She serves as the research faculty member for the department primarily teaching Introduction to Social Science Research and Thesis courses. Her research focuses on the experiences of underrepresented communities, particularly those who have experienced foster care or homelessness.  Dr. Lopez’s passion is fueled by her personal experiences as a former foster youth and experiences with homelessness while attending community college.



Culture & Identity in Foster Care

Date: Monday, May 6th

Time:  12 - 1:30pm

Place:  114 South Hall

A panel of current/former foster youth UC Davis students will share their experiences and impact of adapting to different cultures and/or losing sense of their own culture and identity while in foster care.



Foster Youth Ally/Friends of the Guardian Scholars Program Training

Date: Wednesday, May 15th

Time:  9:00am – 12pm  

Place:  Student Community Center, Meeting Room D

The Friends of Guardian Scholars/Foster Youth Ally Training is intended to promote an inclusive and welcoming space for students, staff, and faculty who have experienced one or more days in foster care. The training will help to reduce stereotype threat and to bring awareness about the foster care community and resources to support current/former foster youth attending UC Davis.    Limited to 30 people. 

To enroll, go to and search for "Foster Youth Ally Training" in the "search for a course" button. 


About the Guardian Scholars Program

Date:  Thursday, May 16th

Time:  1:00 – 2:00pm

Place:  114 South Hall

Campus staff, students, and faculty are welcomed to attend a presentation and information session about our foster youth services and getting involved in the Guardian Scholars Program. 



Open Mic & Art Gallery

Fostering Success:  Healing, Connecting, and Performing

Date: Monday, May 20th

Time:  5:00 – 6:30pm

Place:  114 South Hall

Open to the community, this event features our Guardian Scholar students performing poetry, monologues, narratives, explanation of art, or music.  Art submitted by our students will also be displayed.