Graduate Ally Coalition


The UC Davis Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) was formed in 2008 with the central purpose of training members of the graduate student community to serve as resources for their peers. GAC seeks to enhance access, awareness, and availability of campus resources and information to students and groups who may experience oppression, harassment, or isolation due to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, maternity, language, nationality, socioeconomic status and/or religion/spirituality. GAC works to facilitate a process for graduate students to empower themselves and their colleagues to have a more successful and positive graduate school experience.

What is an ally?

An individual from one identity group who supports members of another identity group from being treated unjustly or discriminated against.

How can I get involved?

Attend ally trainings and join us for monthly socials!

December: GAC Cookie Exchange! Friday 12/4 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Student Community Center, Room E. Bring some cookies to share.

Keep in touch throughout the year by signing up for the GAC list-serv.

Ally Training

The goal of ally training is to:

  • Develop Common Skill Sets For Allies
  • Engage with Diversity Issues
  • Become Knowledgeable about Campus Resources

To accomplish those goals, a fall quarter workshop, a winter quarter seminar series, and a spring quarter end of year event are planned for 2015-2016.

Winter Quarter Seminar Series

Thursdays 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Location: Varies by Week

For more information, please go to the seminar page here.

Developing Graduate and Professional Student Allyship is a seminar series focused on developing an individual’s skills as an ally as well as a general graduate student space to discuss and raise awareness for graduate and professional student issues. We recognize that all graduate and professional students are academically capable of completing their degrees but often encounter other barriers to degree completion which results in “master-ing out” or leaving graduate school without a degree.

GAC is committed to supporting fellow graduate students by training interested graduate and professional students in key core competencies such as graduate/professional student issues, skills that enable peer support among graduate/professional students, and awareness of campus resources that specifically work with graduate and professional student issues.

Learning Objectives for the Winter Quarter Seminar:

  • Develop a personal philosophy of allyship
  • Establish a baseline competency for terms, concepts, and ideas in the social justice, diversity, and inclusion fields
  • Foster awareness of common graduate and professional student issues
  • Be able to identify and use campus resources

In order to achieve these learning objectives, each seminar topic will cover a core concept and a set of skills. During each seminar, a series of related material, questions, and activities will be used to achieve seminar specific outcomes. Please see the seminar matrix for a full outline of the course.


Fall Ally Workshop

Saturday October 24th 8:30am to 4:00pm | UC Davis Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

The Fall Workshop will cover the beginnings of allyship and give you information and skills that you can put immediately into practice. The sessions scheduled for the workshop are:

    • Introduction to GAC and Campus Resources
    • Community Agreements
    • Basics of Social Justice and Equity Within Our Communities
    • Introduction to Privilege
    • Community Ally Development: How to get started
    • How Grad Allies Can Use Bystander Intervention

Development of Graduate and Professional Student Allyship, Winter Quarter (TBD)

The learning objective for the winter quarter seminar series is to:

  • Develop critical analysis of diversity and allyship
  • Clearly articulate personal praxis for being an ally
  • Expand awareness of (and perhaps involvement in) campus resources/organizations/centers/etc.

All graduate and professional students of diverse identities are welcome in this space- we encourage students to empower ourselves and each other! We also encourage all levels of allies to participate- from the new to the experienced.

Who supports the allies?

The GAC Core Members come together to plan and put together the year of events for GAC. The core members include the AB540/Undocumented Student Center, Center for Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE), Cross Cultural Center, Graduate Student Association, LBGTQIA+ Center, Office of Graduate Studies, Services for International Students and Scholars, Student Recruitment and Retention Center, Graduate Academic Achievement and Advocacy Program, and the Women’s Resources and Research Center.  GAC is currently coordinated through the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and to the Chancellor. GAC also has advisors and community partners.

Lastly, GAC is supported by our graduate and professional student allies!


Under Core Members, Campus Violence Prevention Program is now the Center for Advocacy and Resources Education (CARE).

For more information, contact the GSA Vice Chair.

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