One Health Integration in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Black Lives Matter

Competitive Grant Guidelines 2021

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The mission of the One Health Institute (OHI) is to work at the interface of animals, people, and the environment to solve complex problems impacting health and conservation. As we work to solve these complex problems, it is our responsibility to use our research, teaching, advocacy, and academic leadership to fight the widespread adversities that disproportionately harm BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, faculty, staff, and communities around the world. Systemic racism is a public health crisis of pandemic proportion, rooted in centuries of injustices and affecting all elements of the social determinants of health, resulting in racial health inequities. Addressing these challenges will take committed, long-term action from across society.

In exploration of what can be accomplished in the short-term, the OHI is initiating a small grants program to promote the integration of the One Health approach into efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We believe that the One Health approach is both in need of better DEI immersion throughout all engagements and could also be an excellent method for exploring novel applications and improvements to address inequities. We would like to encourage innovative proposals that connect students, staff, faculty, and community members to address these issues.

To that end and as a reflection of our sincere commitment to Black Lives Matter (BLM), our competitive grants program will fund up to five $5,000-$10,000 pilot projects that support incorporation of DEI in One Health activities, as well as pilots that propose the use of the One Health approach to address structural racism and reduce biases and inequities at whatever level the submitters might propose.


Application must be received by email no later than January 31, 2021


Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with the One Health Institute. To be affiliated only requires association with or supervision by a One Health Institute faculty member. All UC Davis faculty are eligible and can affiliate via email request to the OHI Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Blake (


April 1, 2021 - March 30, 2022

Full Proposed Instructions (PDF)

Proposal Form (PDF)