Public commitment. It's what the University of California delivers each and every day via dedication to an idea: teach for California, research for the world.

President Napolitano has launched a series of initiatives meant to reinforce this mission and our commitment to honoring UC's historic social contract.

Academic pipeline

UC–HBCU Initiative

Partnering with historically black colleges and universities to provide opportunities for their graduates to attend UC for their graduate careers.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP)

Attracting the nation’s top postdoctoral scholars, whose teaching, research or service contributes to UC’s mission to serve our increasingly diverse state, nation and world.

President’s Public Service Law Fellowships

University of California President Janet Napolitano in April 2016 announced the President’s Public Service Law Fellowships, a first-of-its-kind systemwide fellowship program to support UC law students and graduates committed to practicing law in service to the public. The fellowship program awards $4.5 million annually to promising law school students at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA and UC Irvine. The funding will make post-graduate work and summer positions more accessible for students who want to pursue public-interest legal careers but might otherwise — out of financial need — seek private sector jobs.

Transfer Students Action Team

Streamlining the flow of California Community College students to UC campuses.

UC–Oakland Partnership

Increasing UCOP’s engagement with the local Oakland community, including a scholarship awarded to seniors at Oakland high schools who will enroll at a UC campus.

Undocumented Students Initiative

Enhancing resources for undocumented students in recognition that these students face unique challenges.

Student Housing Initiative

Supporting current students and future enrollment growth across the UC system by expanding the pool of student housing.

Global impact

Global Food Initiative

Harnessing the collective power of UC’s research, community and facilities to make it possible for the world to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative

Leveraging the scale and diversity of UC’s ten campuses, five medical centers and three affiliated national labs to build a vibrant and innovative entrepreneurial culture across the system.

UC–Mexico Initiative

Creating a strategic and equal partnership between the UC and institutions in Mexico, to address common issues and educate the next generation of leaders.

Research Catalyst Awards

Stimulating research and discovery in areas of strategic importance that benefit California and the world by improving human lives, the environment and the economy.

Carbon Neutrality Initiative

Building on UC's pioneering work on climate research and its leadership on sustainable business practices to improve our energy efficiency, develop new sources of renewable energy and enact related strategies to cut carbon emissions.