Stories: Faculty

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Imposter Syndrome - Carolyn Thomas

March 11, 2019
If you feel like maybe you don't belong at UC Davis, or it seems like everyone around you knows something you don't, you may be suffering from imposter syndrome. Vice Provost & Dean for Undergraduate Education Carolyn Thomas describes her own experience.

Mentorship Makes a Difference - Eduardo Silva

February 28, 2019
Eduardo Silva, Associate Professor at UC Davis, shares his stories on first-generation college grads. He talks about the importance of mentors in high school and graduate school.

Jeanette Ruiz - FirstGen Story (Video)

October 18, 2018
Jeanette Ruiz Department of Communication

Communications professor Jeanette Ruiz shares her first generation college student story. 

Pave the Way for your Interests - Carole Hom

October 15, 2018
Carole Hom, PhD serves as the Academic Coordinator for the UC Davis Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP) and has worked as a lecturer for the Mathematics Department.

Research Made the Difference: Marina Crowder

October 10, 2018
First Generation faculty member and UC Davis alumna Marina Crowder recalls her experiences as a first gen college student. The video is part of the FirstGen First Year Seminars series, produced to help college faculty connect with first gen students.

Immigrant Families, American Dreams - Julie Sze

March 13, 2018
 

JULIE SZE grew up in New York City’s Chinatown, where her father worked in the restaurant industry after emigrating from China. She attended a “striving immigrant school” oriented toward success in math and science, and was expected to go to college in preparation for a professional career. “This is very typical for a working class Asian immigrant family– it’s tied to the narrative of the American dream.”

Milmon Harrison

March 13, 2018

FROM THE principal’s office to a successful dance career to a seven-year college journey, Milmon Harrison’s path to being a professor was full of the unexpected. A New Orleans native, he grew up in Hunter’s Point and the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco before moving to Stockton and attending middle and high school in Lodi. That I would end up being a professor is so weird to me because even though I was a smart kid, I didn’t always do well in school. I was easily bored and would always talk to my friends.

Susan Rivera

March 13, 2018
Growing up in the industrial city of Gary, Indiana, Susan Rivera never dreamed that she would one day head a neuroscience lab researching cognitive development. “College was always part of my plan,” she says, “but as a means to an end. All you think about when you’re growing up poor is having a solid job.” Rivera’s parents had migrated to Gary from Puerto Rico so her father could work in the steel mills. The youngest of thirteen children, her family was loving and happy, but there was no money to spare, and no guidance for getting into college. “I had to do that on my own, and I was a little clueless,” she says. Fortunately, she ended up attending Indiana University – Bloomington, a top public research university.

John Terning

March 12, 2018

PHYSICS Professor John Terning grew up in Canada, the son of parents who emigrated from a small town in Norway where an eighth-grade education was the norm. His parents expected him to make the most of the free higher education offered by their adopted home country.