Dean's Office

A Message to the Community


In light of the killings of yet more Black Americans at the hands of police and the inspiring protests that continue in cities around the country, we want to add our voice to those calling for justice. Our own Chancellor Gary May has spoken eloquently on the issue, and pointed to the role education plays in our collective efforts to “create a way forward.” 

It is our responsibility to speak up, not only as educators or academics but through our shared humanity. We need to acknowledge the pain and suffering of our Black community members and say: You matter. Your families matter. Your contributions matter. Your lives matter. We are not who we are without you. You are of us, and we are for you.

These events speak to our core mission at the School of Education—to eliminate inequities through the power of knowledge and the promise of education. Our efforts are critical to the hard work of eliminating racism in society at large. We know that racism is not just out there in the streets, it is also embedded in university campuses and in k-12 schools. We strive toward social justice, and yet we fall short—in our classrooms, in our meetings, in our hallways, and in our hearts. We must try harder as individuals and as a community.

We also want to share that the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has created a website with resources for racial trauma to support our community as we continue to find ways to build and strengthen the diverse culture of the university. This page continues to be updated, so we encourage you to revisit it for updated information and resources.

Let’s keep working, together. 

In solidarity,

Michal Kurlaender
Department Chair
School of Education

Lauren E. Lindstrom
School of Education


School of Education Update on Covid-19

September 8, 2020

The School of Education Building and our Drew Avenue and Cowell Boulevard offices remain closed to the public. Our staff and faculty will continue to work remotely until January 4, 2021, and are available by phone, email and video to assist you.


A Message from Dean Lindstrom About COVID-19

March 30, 2020

The current COVID-19 outbreak has created unprecedent challenges for our schools and communities. Although our SOE faculty and staff are not working on campus while UC Davis operations have been suspended, we remain committed to our mission to transform education through the preparation of the best education leaders, researchers and teachers in the country. We will continue to support our School of Education community through these stressful and rapidly changing times.

Meet Dean Lauren Lindstrom

Meet Dean Lauren Lindstrom

Watch her video message about the School of Education

In June 2017, the School of Education celebrated the arrival of Dean Lauren Lindstrom with a gathering of supporters, including Interim Dean Paul Hastings and Founding Dean Harold Levine. “When the School of Education began the search for our new Dean,” Hastings said in his remarks, “we were looking for a true educational leader, someone with demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and administration.

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