SISS Newsletter

May 2022 SISS Newsletter

Information and Updates

Masking Indoors "Strongly Recommended"

In a recent campus update, UC Davis reported that Yolo County public health officials still "strongly recommend" masking indoors. If you have questions about the latest recommendations, requirements, or information, visit the Campus Ready website.

Stay Alert to Prevent Scams

The United States Customs and Border Protection have warned about a scam that impersonates a Customs and Border Protection agent. The caller says a package was intercepted containing money and drugs addressed to the victim in the scam. Read more about this phone scam.

UC Davis Police also warned students about a scam involving emails from someone claiming to be a professor and offering employment in a recent update to campus. Read more about this incident.

It is important to stay alert to avoid being scammed. Scams are easy to fall for, and you might not know a phone call, email or interaction is fraudulent until it is too late.

Think twice before engaging in or continuing a conversation with someone you do not know—whether over the phone or online. Any request that does any of the following may be a scam:

  • Threatens to suspend your Social Security number or visa (even if they have part or all of your information, such as part of your Social Security number)
  • Warns or threatens arrest or legal action
  • Demands or requests immediate payment
  • Requires payment by gift card, prepaid debit card, internet currency or by mailing cash
  • Pressures you for your personal information
  • Requests secrecy
  • Threatens to seize your bank account
  • Promises to increase your Social Security benefit
  • Tries to gain your trust by providing fake "documentation," false "evidence," or claiming to be a government official

Learn about protecting yourself from scams and watch our video

Travel Recommendations for Campus Community

Due to the persistent risk posed by COVID and other communicable diseases, travelers should continue to take all available precautions. All travelers are highly encouraged to make a travel medicine appointment before they leave. These appointments provide important information on local risks and vaccine requirements beyond the COVID-19 requirements. UC Davis employees are encouraged to make an appointment with the UC Davis Travel Medicine Clinic. UC Davis students are encouraged to make an appointment with UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services.

Read more about these travel updates

Additionally, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 — Do Not Travel Warning for Ukraine due to the current conflict. As a result, and out of concern for the well-being and safety of the UC community, the University of California Office of the President is directing all members of the UC community to avoid all travel to Ukraine at this time. Travel to neighboring countries should be carefully evaluated.

Read more about the developing travel restrictions due to the current conflict in Ukraine

Programs and Events

A Day in Florence: Two Truths and a Myth about the Home of Michelangelo's David

If you are an undergraduate student, graduate/professional student, or postdoc who plans to stay in the United States to work after leaving UC Davis, watch the recording of our event Life After UC Davis. The event features legal experts Charina P. Garcia and Melissa Harms, both partners at WR Immigration, LLP, as they cover information about visa options for international students and scholars after they leave UC Davis.


    Scholar Coffee Break

    We invite international scholars to connect at the monthly SISS Scholar Coffee Break. Whether you are new to campus or have been here for several months, international scholars are invited to join SISS in this welcoming and virtual space. 

    • Date and time: May 5, 2022, 9–10 a.m. (PST)

    Learn more about the Scholar Coffee Break and register

    UC Global Health Day

    Faculty and students from UC Davis and other UC campuses will come together to focus on global health issues involving humans, animals and their shared environments. UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) and the UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation are co-hosting this year’s event focusing on Centering Social Justice in Community Health. 

    • Date and time: May 7, 2022, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
    • Location: Virtually and at UC Santa Cruz

    Learn more and register

    Chancellor's Leadership and Development Series with Dr. Christine Lovely

    The third seminar in the 2021-22 Chancellor's Leadership & Development Seminar features Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer, Christine Lovely. This is an opportunity for all students to learn about the journey and goals of campus leadership. Dr. Lovely will discuss her career trajectory and share her experience in campus leadership. Door prize drawings include $50 VISA gift cards!

    • Date and time: May 10, 2022, 2–3 p.m.

    Learn more


    2022 Research Expo Features Post-Pandemic Human Migration Panel

    The annual UC Davis Research Expo is a one-day event that showcases the latest research-related insight, resources, opportunities and tools to help you advance your research. Attendees are welcome to attend the full event or portions.

    A panel of experts organized by the Global Migration Center will discuss research on how immigration mobility has changed with COVID, including accelerated processes in the labor market, in the economy and in farm labor, and how the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border evolved during the pandemic, from the perspective of migrants.

    • Date and time: May 11, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. (Post-Pandemic Human Migration panel begins at 2:30 p.m.)
    • Location: Mondavi Center

    Learn more and register

    Graduate Anti-Racism Symposium

    This two-day event is open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to highlight best practices in anti-racist approaches to graduate education. The first day is an all-virtual morning session of roundtable talks and presentations, and the second day is an in-person lunchtime workshop.

    • Date and time: May 12–13, 2022
    • Deadline: Register by May 10, 2022

    Learn more and register

    Opportunities and Announcements

    UC Global Health Institute 2022-23 Student Ambassador Program

    The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is seeking applicants from across all 10 UC campuses, UC Hastings and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Charles R. Drew University for the 2022-23 Student Ambassador Program. UCGHI is pleased to offer this program for the first time over the course of an academic year, from September 2022–June 2023. This leadership opportunity is open to all students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, medical, nursing, law, etc.) who are dedicated to personal and professional growth by serving and representing their respective campus. 

    • Deadline: May 8, 2022

    Learn more and apply

    UC Davis Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence

    UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services and Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education launched a campus-wide survey to gather crucial information regarding the lived experiences of sexual violence of the UC Davis student body. This information will help departments and support systems learn how to better support UC Davis students and foster a campus culture that is intolerant of violence. 

    • Deadline: May 27, 2022

    Learn more and take the survey

    Global Education for All Fellows Program

    Students are invited to apply to become a Global Education for All Fellow for the 2022-23 term. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the campus-wide initiative of Global Education for All. Fellows can advise on different aspects of Global Education for All or work on team projects that help further integrate global learning on campus. Volunteer, unpaid, one-academic year commitment.

    • Deadline: May 13, 2022

    Learn more and apply

    Public Scholarship Faculty Fellow Applications Are Open

    Applications are now open for the Public Scholarship Faculty Fellows program, which seeks to acknowledge and reward exemplary individuals who are working towards a specific goal or outcome during the Fellowship. 

    • Deadline: May 20, 2022

    Learn more

    UC Davis Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence

    UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services and Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education launched a campus-wide survey to gather crucial information regarding the lived experiences of sexual violence of the UC Davis student body. This information will help departments and support systems learn how to better support UC Davis students and foster a campus culture that is intolerant of violence. 

    • Deadline: May 27, 2022

    Learn more and take the survey

    Visit the ASUCD Pantry for Free Groceries

    The ASUCD Pantry located in the Memorial Union offers free groceries and basic necessities to all UC Davis students, staff and faculty regardless of financial need. Order ahead online for nonperishables/basic necessities or come by anytime for a walk-in visit to get fresh produce. Everyone is welcome!

    • Hours: Mondays–Fridays, 10:15 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 10:15 a.m.–1 p.m.
    • Location: Memorial Union

    Learn more about the ASUCD Pantry

      Employment Workshops Now Available On-Demand Online

      Are you interested in OPT or CPT? F-1 Employment Workshops are available online. Select your workshop to get started.

      F-1 Students Looking for Summer Employment and Internships

      If you are an F-1 student who will continue into the 2022-23 academic year and are looking for employment authorization this summer, please review our Curricular Practical Training (CPT) information and our online CPT workshop video.

      If you are an F-1 student who will complete your degree requirements this spring or over the summer in 2022 and are looking for information about employment authorization for post-graduation, please review our Optional Practical Training (OPT) information and our three-part OPT workshop videos. If you are a STEM major, you can also review the process for the two-year STEM OPT extension.

      Student and Scholar Spotlight

      Two International Students Selected as 2022 UC Davis Grad Slam Finalists

      UC Davis Graduate Studies recently announced ten finalists who faced off with live presentations at UC Davis Grad Slam earlier this month. This year, two of the ten UC Davis Grad Slam finalists were international students, Lo-Wei Lin, a Ph.D. candidate in pharmacology and toxicology who presented “Look out! The smoky orange sky is harmful to your skin,” and Jaihan Zou, a Ph.D. candidate in biological systems engineering who presented “Novel Cooling Media: Cooler Than Ice.”

      Read more about these students

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