Dear Campus Community,

The Office of Inclusive Excellence solicits proposals from all Senate faculty to explore “Are We in This Together? Advancing Equity in an Age of COVID-19.

Complete proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. (Pacific time) on Friday, May 15, 2020 at: https://inclusion.uci.edu/confronting-extremism/advancing-equity-covid-19/.

The current pandemic has profoundly interrupted patterns of work and life while causing widespread sickness and death at local, national and global levels. Even as the ongoing responses reflect the courage and ingenuity of people, communities and organizations, the impact of the novel coronavirus has created and transformed as well as exposed and exacerbated fault-lines of inequities in society. These issues include (but are not limited to) the experience of bodily integrity, personal safety and well-being; availability of clean water, air and open spaces; access to health care and positive outcomes; educational opportunities and achievement; affordable housing and public transportation; immigration and pathways to citizenship; economic stability/financial insecurity; and civil and human rights.

Competitive proposals will explore the meaning (s) of the pandemic from a broad cross section of fields, disciplines, methodologies or theoretical perspectives. Using COVID-19 as a lens through which to explore fault lines of inequities, proposers are therefore encouraged to interrogate the uneven effects and realities of the pandemic on people, communities, societies, nation-states, state systems or global or planetary conditions.

Funding will be provided for single investigators for up to $10,000 per project and for multi-investigators projects — including research center teams – for up to $25,000 per project. Submitters must address at least one of three specific goals to advance research, promote teaching, and/or strengthen service through engagement. Contact leads for all funded projects must complete project use reports and expend all funds by June 30, 2021.

These calls are hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence Confronting Extremism program, which aims to fortify resilience of the campus community while advancing commitments among UCI members to inclusive excellence. Submitters should review the calls in their entirety at the website included in this announcement.

#ActforInclusion

Douglas M. Haynes (Pronouns: he/him/his)
Chief Diversity Officer
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of History