Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mission Statement

The Department of Statistics and the members of the Graduate Program in Statistics affirm and support each of our members, the members of the UC Davis campus and of the larger community. We strongly condemn any type of discrimination based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, disability status, and religious belief. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment and climate that makes every member of the Department and the graduate program, every visitor, and everyone we interact with feel safe, welcome and embraced. Diversity is valued by us as a core component of a rich academic life that enhances our research, scholarship, teaching, the academic experience for all our students, and it enriches the overall experience of our entire community. The Department and the Graduate Program thus in particular strives to achieve a diverse and inclusive student body, faculty membership and staff membership that is representative of the demographics of the state of California. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI Committee) of the Graduate Program in Statistics consists of seven members of the graduate program, five senate faculty members and two graduate students. Current members are

  • Prabir Burman, Professor
  • Chris Drake, Professor
  • Jairo Fúquene Patiño, Assistant Professor
  • Xiao Hui Tai, Assistant Professor
  • Jie Peng, Professor 
  • Wolfgang Polonik (Chair), Professor
  • Samayita Bhattacharjee, Graduate Student

This DEI committee is complemented by one staff member and two Unit 18 lecturers to complete the departmental DEI Committee. These members currently are

  • Pete Scully, Department Manager
  • JoAnna Whitener, Lecturer
  • Maxime Pouokam, Lecturer


The role of this committee is to critically assess the current practices and regulations of the graduate program, including admissions and retention, as well as the overall climate within the graduate program and, if necessary, to propose actions that are in line with the goals expressed in our DEI mission statement. 

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