Dear Campus Community

This spring quarter is like no other. COVID-19 has demanded more from each of us than we imagined at the start of 2020. Greater courage in the face of uncertainty; will to adjust to new learning and working conditions; and faith in the indomitable human spirit to rise to new challenges. These are the attributes of the Anteater spirit. That spirit will animate the virtual commencement later in June when thousands of undergraduates, graduates and medical students will receive their hard-earned diplomas. I want to extend my warm Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Savor this achievement. Celebrate your graduation with family and friends while observing social distancing. And reward yourself – often!

Just as the spring is the time to celebrate our graduates, it is also an occasion to recognize mentoring achievement and excellence. In place of an in-person program, this newsletter provides a dedicated webpage for outstanding mentorship and/or achievement. Featured awards include the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s Frances M. Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award; Graduate Division’s Tom Angell Fellowship Awards for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students; and Latino Excellence and Achievement Awards (LEAD). Please read more about this year’s inspiring recipients.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. As a proud federally-designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), the Office of Inclusive Excellence joins the entire campus community in observing this month. To this end, the APA Heritage Month webpage describes how UCI partners with the Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars to increase college participation, promote the intellectual and cultural capital of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through programming, and confronts xenophobia in the wake of COVID-19.

#ActforInclusion

Douglas M. Haynes (Pronouns: he/him/his)
Chief Diversity Officer
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