Diversity and community are strong values at UC Davis Health and are sincere commitments by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

We believe that ensuring diversity among our team members is key to finding the best talent to meet all of our department’s strategic goals.

Supporting our community is also essential to activities in all of our academic missions: clinical service, research, and teaching.




We are proud to highlight the activities below that demonstrate just some of our many efforts to support diversity and our community. The Sacramento area is one of the most diverse communities in the United States, and we believe it is important to support and reflect the richness of our region in our workforce and our activities. To learn more about us, explore our website or come to visit. We’re delighted to share all the great things happening in our department.

  • Recruiting to increase diversity: Increasing diversity among the faculty is a priority for the department. As of 2019, women represent 39% of the faculty, close to the national workforce pool of 41% in this specialty. Women represent 60% of our new tenured or tenure-track faculty in the past 10 years, a career track where women are under-represented nationwide. Racial and ethnic diversity have increased, but remains a target for improvement in the department. All faculty serving in our search committees participate in UC Davis' training in best practices for recruitment to ensure they are knowledgeable and effective in pursuing diversity.

  • Free laboratory testing for our student-run clinics: We’re proud of our 30+ year tradition providing routine medical testing, including cervical cancer screening, at no charge to under-served communities supported by our student-run clinics.

  • Participation in community health fairs: Members of the California State Assembly recognized our department with a proclamation in 2013 for our many years of participation in the Sacramento Community Cancer Coalition’s Annual Health Fair. Phlebotomist Carlton Matthews was honored with a Community Service Award for his five years of service at this event. We continue to support this and other community health fairs.

  • Ensuring representation of diverse populations in research: Our Cancer Center Biorepository team partners with the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training to support collecting blood samples from volunteers at health fairs so that all populations are represented in research.

  • Reaching out to the next generation: Our Edmondson summer fellowship program is designed to expose talented college students from a variety of backgrounds to the excitement and intellectual challenges of careers in science and laboratory medicine. We also reach out to high school students through career fairs throughout our region to share information about the many careers available in pathology and laboratory medicine.

  • Setting an example through leadership: Department chair Lydia Howell co-founded the UC Davis Health Women in Medicine and Health Science group and co-led this group for 15 years. She is also past-chair of the Association of Pathology Chair’s Leadership Development and Diversity Committee, and continues to make diversity a priority as the president-elect of APC. A national leader in women’s career issues and work-life integration, Dr. Howell has published articles on these topics in prominent journals based on projects funded by the National Institute of Health and the American Council on Education.