UCDRA Career Enhancement Award

The UC Davis Retirees’ Association (UCDRA) grants a career enhancement award to UC Davis employees who are furthering their education. Applications for this award are made through Staff Assembly. The UCDRA partners with Staff Assembly to choose the recipients and process the awards.

2015 Career Enhancement Award: Juanita Braxton, Surgery

Photo: Juanita BraxtonJuanita Braxton, recipient of the UCDRA staff scholarship for 2015, will be able to complete three of the four residencies required for her doctorate in public health with the award. In her application she said, “My research interest is finding ways to connect lower income residents, particularly the elderly, with adequate and sustainable health care. My desire to get a Doctorate in Public Health is to be of service to those trying to live a well and more balanced life.... My research focus is Adolescent Hypertension. It is important, especially in the African-American community, to address this chronic disease at an early age. Having this degree will allow me to help make positive policy decisions to change the way we diagnose and monitor children and teens with hypertension.”
Juanita has been with the UC Davis Health System for ten years. She is now manager of the F. William Blaisdell Surgical Education Program, which coordinates the residencies and fellowships in general and specialized surgery of about 120 doctors. She has served as president of the national professional organization for this very specialized field, the Association for Program Coordinators in Surgery. Of this aspect of her work she said, “Being a mentor/leader is rewarding and satisfying by helping other UC Davis Health System graduate medical education coordinators as well as health system administrators realize their goals by encouraging and supporting them.

Past Recipients

Year Winner Description
2014-2015 Finlay Terhune, Shields Library pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco
2013-2014 Kawami Evans, Student Housing pursuing a PhD in educational Leadership and management from Drexel University
2011-2012 Joyce Nochez, Acute Care pursuing a degree to advance from registered nurse to nurse practioner
2010-2011 Wendy Stoltz, UC Davis Extention; George Robertson, Graduate School of Management; and Donna Van Dolah, Seed Biotechnology Center
"25 for 25" Campaign Continues

The UC Davis Retirees’ Association (UCDRA) “25 for 25” career enhancementendowment campaign was launched at the fall retiree meeting on October 30, 2014. The first 25 in the name stands for the UCDRA 25th anniversary and the second 25 stands for the minimum of $25,000 that is required to establish an endowment. The endowment will fund an annual grant to be awarded to a career staff person who is pursuing his/her education while working at UC Davis. The UCDRA has been funding a UC Davis staff career enchancement award from member dues since 1999. The endowment will allow dues revenue to be used for other projects.

The initial goal of $25,000 needed to establish the endowment was just the beginning. The UCDRA will continue fundraising so that the endowment can be used to fund a larger grant and/or multiple annual awards.

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25 for 25
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