Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards support faculty activities which promote equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus among faculty, students, and staff, as well as the community served by UCI. The 2015 – 2016 call for proposals received 21 applications originating from 7 academic school, with a funding request exceeding $100,000. The enthusiastic response underscores the interest of our faculty in augmenting the campus capacity to advance inclusive excellence. All funded proposals addressed at least one of five aspirational goals of the program, which include:

  • Deepen the understanding of race, gender, class, sexuality, immigration status, and/or other identities
  • Promote emotional intelligence and intercultural competency
  • Build and sustain partnerships with community-based organizations
  • Advance achievement among educationally disadvantaged communities
  • Contribute to an affirmative climate for all members of the Anteater community

Additionally, each funded proposal received a high degree of support from a department chair or school dean, and promised to have an enduring impact on behalf of inclusive excellence in UCI’s teaching, research, and service mission as a public land grant university.

To find out more about the Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards, and to apply for our 2016-2017 call open September 14 – October 31 of this year, please visit the ADVANCE site and/or apply online.

For questions regarding the Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards, please contact Samantha Anderson-Mekhail at or 949-824-8250.

Funded Proposals 2015-2016

Name Title Department Title of Funded Project
Laura Enriquez Assistant Professor Chicano/Latino Studies Identifying “Best Practices” to Support Undocumented UCI Students
Emily Grossman Associate Professor Cognitive Science Tools to Enable Research for Individuals with Low Vision or Blindness
Justin Shaffer PSOE Lecturer Developmental & Cell Biology Closing the Achievement Gap in Introductory Biology at UC Irvine
Damien Sojoyner Assistant Professor Anthropology Forced Migration: The Deleterious Impacts of Public Education and Incarceration upon Black Families in Los Angeles, CA
Adria Imada and Emily Thuma Associate Professor; Assistant Professor History; Gender and Sexuality Studies In Treatment: Mental Illness, Health, and Modern Sexuality
Kojiro Umezaki Associate Professor Music New Expressions: Women in Music Technology Symposium
Linda Vo Professor Asian American Studies Documentary: One Boat, 40 Years Afterwards; Art History Exhibition: Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories