UC Davis College of Letters and Science
At the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, we search for solutions through our broad interdisciplinary lens of the arts, sciences and humanities. We stand together in wonder and inspiration as we identify questions, foster scholarship and creatively look to improve our world – with critical thinking, intellectual generosity and great people.
As the college with the broadest offering of disciplines, teaching the core curriculum for virtually all 23,000 undergraduate students and mentoring more than a thousand graduate students, the College of Letters and Science lives and breathes its interdisciplinary mission each day. We thrive at the intersection of fundamental scholarship, exploring and connecting fields as diverse as the arts & stars, math & music, chemistry & cinema, economics & English – and providing the foundation for a truly one-of-a-kind liberal arts education. Learn more: about the College of Letters and Science
September 26, 2016
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Welcome back! The beginning of a new academic year is always exciting for those of us fortunate enough to work at a University where fall evokes feelings of renewal and fresh starts.
Fall Convocation kicked off the academic year with a theme of “Inspiring Dialogue and Community.” It was exciting to see two of our students participate, sharing their poetry with the larger UC Davis community. These students exemplify the passion, thoughtfulness, and commitment to making the world better that we recognize in so many of our students. They are the reason we give so much of ourselves to this endeavor we call “education.”
In keeping with the theme of Convocation, we encourage all faculty and staff in the College to foster open communication and community building; to look toward the future with hope and determination; and to keep the essential work of the college—research and teaching—top of mind.
The College of Letters and Science is truly a remarkable place, primarily because of all of our faculty, staff and students, who are the drivers of our excellence. Thank you.
Happy fall and cheers to a great year ahead!
Alexandra Navrotsky, Li Zhang, and Susan Kaiser
Interim Deans, UC Davis College of Letters and Science
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