Confronting Extremism 2017-11-08T11:48:08+00:00

con·front·ing

facing especially in challenge; causing to meet; bringing face-to-face

ex·trem·ism

the quality or state of being extreme; advocacy of extreme measures or views

 – www.Merriam-Webster.com

The Office of Inclusive Excellence kicked-off the initiative on September 8, 2017 with a co-sponsored event featuring Reverend Jesse Jackson
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New! Provost Call for Proposals – Understanding and Engaging with Extremism

UCI Confronting Extremism is a year-long campus initiative dedicated to understanding the ideas and behaviors advocated far outside of alignment to the campus values for social justice and equity in today’s society as a means to identify pathways for building positive campus and democratic communities. 

The program connects current campus efforts with new intentions and activities – emphasizing the merits of research, innovative teaching and engaged service to inform inquiry and knowledge bases, practices, and values clarification aligned to the University’s mission in and beyond the 21st century.  Moreover, the program dissects extreme rhetoric, violent acts, and related incidents, to reject their associated limits and divisions and, rather, to explore proactive, evidence-based, and instructive approaches and actions where societal progress may emerge.

Major activities and practices reflect the following broad yet integrated components:

Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism

The Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism asks faculty members to explore contemporary topics such as ideological and cultural extremism and relationships to the civil, political and human rights of communities based on disability, ethnicity, gender, immigration status and nationality, race, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation, gender expression, and other categories.

UCI Academy for Inclusion

The UCI Academy for Inclusion combines academic courses and research opportunities as well as co-curricular and public affairs programing in ways to promote public dialogues, knowledge sharing, reflective learning, and other means to foster engagement.

OC Confronting Extremism for Inclusion

The OC Confronting Extremism for Inclusion uses partnership series and developmental events at a range of venues to stress the values that we share: expect equity, support diversity and practice inclusion.

INITIATIVE PURPOSE

Why confront extremism? Why now?

In 2016, more than 11,000 acts of terror based on extremist ideologies were reported in the world,[1] clearly affecting our global community in terms of physical and mental harms. Schools – expected to be environments for supportive learning – have been the locations of violent deaths and nearly 800 hate-motivated crimes at U.S. colleges and universities.[2] Individuals or groups who bring extremist conflicts to the campus require our deliberate actions to ensure that UCI remains a conducive learning environment and champion of social justice for our diverse students, faculty, staff, and public members.

As a land-grant institution that serves more than 32,000 students, faculty, and staff members, as well as local, national, and international communities, UCI has a mandate to excel in its tripartite mission of pioneering research, transformative teaching, and engaged service.  Our strategic goals guiding the campus into the next millennium recognize that ‘diversity of experience and thought is a precondition for productive deliberation, an essential component of our fundamental scholarly and research mission’. [3] 

UCI Confronting Extremism aims to:

  • forge new dialogues and actions to critically examine proactive and response measures that support social justice efforts on campus in the face of extreme narratives;
  • support development of constructive research and pedagogy to support critical dialogues and inquiries about free speech and relationships to national and local social narratives to confront extremism and support inclusive communities;
  • identify uses of evidence-informed approaches to dialogues and practices in research, teaching, and public service, which interrogate the nature and types of extremism.

Collectively, this year-long initiative will fortify the values of inclusive excellence: equity, diversity, inclusion and free speech.

[1] Statistics on Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide retrieved from: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/statistics-on-incidents-of-terrorism-worldwide.

[2] See Indicators of school crime and safety: 2014, retrieved from: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015072.pdf.

[3] See the UCI Strategic Plan (2016), p. 3.

Resources

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Public Reading with Q&A
Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Crystal Cove

The Office of Inclusive Excellence has compiled a list of resources to help broaden and deepen discussions around confronting extremism. 

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2017

Introducing UCI Confronting Extremism
Chancellor Howard Gillman and Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia
October 24, 2017

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to speak as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Douglas Haynes and Vice Provost for Academic Planning Judith Stepan-Norris
August 31, 2017

 

Events

The Office of Inclusive Excellence hosts a campus-wide calendar to highlight events that support inclusive excellence. Below is a list of events that are focused on confronting extremism.

Upcoming Events:

Past Events: