Welcome to College Relations & Development

The College of Letter and Science is fortunate to have a strong community of alumni, parents, and friends. We welcome your participation in our college events, giving programs, and volunteer work.

As the College of Letters and Science continues to grow, philanthropic support is the key to give students and faculty the best opportunities possible. We look forward to working with you, our generous supporters, in the coming years.

Philanthropic gifts help close the budget gap, making a difference for students, programs, faculty, research and facilities. Gifts to the college are often the tipping point for many fortunate recipients, whether that means a student not having to work full-time to pay for school, or a researcher purchasing equipment to make a discovery that wouldn't have been possible.

When you support UC Davis with a gift to the College of Letters and Science, you’re making an investment in the future. 

Pitzer Center to Open

Alumna Donation to Music Building Takes Shape

The new classroom and recital hall building will be named the Ann E. Pitzer Center to honor the alumna who donated $5 million toward the building. Pitzer, a well-known California philanthropist, graduated from UC Davis in 1958 with a degree in home economics and was a longtime and active supporter of the university. She died in October 2014.

Data Studies: New Courses Open to Undergraduates

Hot New Job Skill for Students

The College of Letters & Science is proud to offer Introductory Data Exploration this spring. The Data Studies program offers UC Davis undergraduate students a unique opportunity to take their major and apply it to the world of data, learning how to question, analyze and present data research that will enable them to get jobs. "Introductory Data Exploration with R" is the gateway course for the program. Learn more about how to sign up.

A Vision for Expanding Persian Studies

Bita Daryabari applauding

With a recepton and a lecture on women writers in Iran, UC Davis honored Bita Daryabari, a Silicon Valley philanthropist and humanitarian whose $1.5 million gift established a new Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature.

The event also recognized the vision of faculty, alumni and community members who helped in building the program and developing the new minor in Iran and Persian studies.

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College Relations & Development

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Social Science & Humanities Building
Davis CA, 95616

(530) 752-0394

lsdevelopment@ucdavis.edu