Your Personal Identity

You are uniquely you, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Community Matters. Find yours here. These Connections celebrate personal identities and communities.

  • Center for African Diaspora Student Success Seminar

    This course blends retention data in higher education with academic strategies to assist first-year African diaspora students in the transition to UC Davis. The course will explore campus culture at a predominantly white research university, racial identity development, academic readiness and skill assessment, and personal responsibility and accountability. In addition, students will learn about campus resources for career and major decision making, internship opportunities, research programs, and leadership development.

    Open to all new students

    • Time and Location: Wednesdays (10:00-11:50 AM); Center for African Diaspora Student Success (270 South Silo)
    • Register: This Connection is for credit. For more information and to obtain the CRN, please contact Kawami Evans (klcevans@ucdavis.edu)

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  • LGBTQIA+

    This Connection is coming together of its own free will, an intentional community, and a family to celebrate and share our lived experiences as college students who identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual community.

    Open to all new students

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  • First-Year Aggie Afrofuturism

    Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer (music), T'Challa and Shuri of Black Panther (movies), and N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy (literature) are all recent examples of Afrofuturism. We can think of Afrofuturism as visions of the future driven by technology and centering the joys, trials, and triumphs of Black people. We can also think of Afrofuturism as a way of imagining, speculating, and visualizing the individual futures of Black people. This First Year Aggie Connection (FYAC) will do both. You will read, watch, listen to, and create examples of Afrofuturism related to pop culture. You will also dream, visualize, and strategize your own futures. This might look like setting goals, learning about Davis, and building community, all to set a foundation for moving toward the future you want during your time at UC Davis. Just like Afrofuturism as a genre, this FYAC will center the experiences and challenges of Black undergrads, but all are welcome.

    Open to all new students

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  • Horsin' Around

    Calling all horse enthusiasts! Join us to learn about the ways you can become involved in the Aggie equine community! Highlights will include tours of campus horse facilities, learning about internship and career opportunities with horses, gaining insights into veterinary research, and meeting faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds, experiences and jobs with horses!

    Open to all new students

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  • Middle Ground: Central Valley Aggies

    Are you from the Central Valley? This Connection will focus on building community at UC Davis with the common thread of being from the Central Valley. The Central Valley encompasses the very middle of California, between Redding and Bakersfield. This area is known for its agricultural production, but is often times left out of the California narrative. Participants will learn more about themselves, their hometowns, and how to make the most out of their time here at UC Davis.

    Open to all new students

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  • Spoken World Storytelling

    Got a story to tell? Have you broken bread with people? Have you grown or cooked food? Have you eaten something delicious or gross? Who have you served? Do you have an ear for other people’s stories? We will seek connection within our diverse university community through the art of storytelling. This First Year Aggie Connection will teach you how to tell a personal story in front of a live audience. Our theme this fall will be “Food for Thought.” We will cover storytelling basics and not-so-basics, including how to hook an audience, building interest and suspense, techniques for adding color, humor, and pathos, and delivering a powerful ending. We’ll also talk about what it’s like to perform in front of a live audience, and provide tools and advice for storytelling like a champ while having fun. We expect that you will feel energized by your connection with the audience, and supported by fellow storytellers. We will work towards the goal of telling our UC Davis stories at a Spoken World Story Jam event during International Week.

    Open to all new students

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  • AB540 & UndocuAggies: Finding Community & Succes

    Navigating a new college campus can be intimidating for many of us. Our ultimate goal is to help facilitate this new transition by building a strong community for new undocumented students on campus. Additionally, we will work on creating a sense of pride in our own individual and collective identities as successful UndocuScholars! Begin your college experience on the right foot. Together we can thrive!

    Open to all new students

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  • Judge My Book, Not The Cover

    Think about the last time you read a book that you were NOT required to read for a class. Did you enjoy reading? Did the book change your thinking? Can you remember the last time you read a book that you were excited to read? This Connection is designed to foster reading for pleasure, which is often forgotten when we are absorbed with reading academic texts. Besides being enjoyable, reading and discussing published work can help you become a better critical thinker and writer. We will read short stories by Native authors and a novel that is actually set in the city of Davis, CA. The protagonist of this fictional book is a UC Davis student who navigates her own identity apart from her parents, siblings and fellow college students. In our book group discussions, we will discuss the themes “Who am I?” and “What’s my story?” as they emerge from different readings.

    Open to all new students

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  • Black Girls Rock

    Black Girls Rock will provide women who identify with the African Diaspora, with academic, social,personal, and spiritual support. Facilitators will guide the students through transitional topics with creativity and thoughtfulness. Students will leave the connection prepared to be strong role models in the community and be prepared to succeed both academically and socially.

    Open to all new students

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  • Category is: RuPaul's Drag Race Extravaganza

    The theme of this FYAC would be to review episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race, critique and analyze the episode as we view the episode and engage in a dialogue about how having RuPaul's Drag Race impact mainstream media has had on the LGBTQIA+ Community and the heteronormative culture in the U.S.

    Open to all new students

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