|Dear Campus Community,
I am writing to announce the launch of the new Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) Certificate Program for 2019-2020. It is open to faculty, staff, and students, and I want to encourage you to consider participating. For more information, please see the program website here.
The purpose of the OIE Certificate Program is to equip faculty, staff, and students with skills to build and sustain a campus community where all expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion, and honor free speech. The program consists of three thematic courses, spread over the academic year. These courses are: UCI as a Minority Thriving University (fall quarter), Wellness (winter quarter), and Community (spring quarter). Each course consists of weekly, one-hour discussions to be facilitated by a campus instructor. (There are two sections for fall quarter: at 9 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and at 9 a.m.-10 a.m. on Wednesdays). Each weekly meeting will be organized around a reading and/or video. The objectives of these sessions include understanding UCI as a social organization, valuing diverse people and their contributions in our work and learning community, and promoting respectful communication, cooperation, and collaboration.
Participants who successfully complete the core course, UCI as a Minority Thriving University, plus one of the elective courses, either Wellness or Community, will receive an Inclusive Excellence certificate. For faculty, this certification aligns with APM-210 (e.g., contributions to diversity). Guidance for faculty on preparing academic review files is available here. For students, the certificate provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate career readiness competencies. These competencies include communication, teamwork, and intercultural fluency. In addition, staff and students who receive certificates will be eligible to apply for support from an Inclusive Excellence alumni fund. Thi! s competitive funding opportunity aims to support staff and student engagement in diversity efforts that operationalize the program’s learning outcomes. Applicants for the alumni fund are encouraged to partner with climate councils in their respective units, and a call for this funding will be announced at a later date.
The application to participate in the certificate program may be found here. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, September 27, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. If appropriate, please discuss the time commitment with your supervisor prior to applying.
Expect Equity, Support Diversity, Practice Inclusion, Honor Free Speech
Douglas M. Haynes
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusive Excellence | inclusion.uci.edu
Director, ADVANCE Program | inclusion.uci.edu/advance
Professor of History | www.humanities.uci.edu/history
Director, Center for Medical Humanities | medicalhumanities.uci.edu