Messages from Vice Chancellor Haynes and other campus leaders about Creating a Culture Where Black People Thrive

Daunte Wright – A Death in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota ♥ ★ ✚

Dear campus community, Daunte Wright joins a lengthening and disheartening list of unarmed Black people who have been killed in police custody. The time and place may be different, but the conclusion is the same: another life is taken. This loss, like others, ripples through an ocean of grieving families, friends and communities. The survivors [...]

Daunte Wright – A Death in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota ♥ ★ ✚2021-04-16T12:37:29-07:00

UC statement on the tragic killing of Daunte Wright ♥

UC statement on the tragic killing of Daunte Wright UC Office of the President Tuesday, April 13, 2021 University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., issued the following statement today (April 13): “Sunday’s killing of Daunte Wright is yet another senseless tragedy that tears at our hearts and reopens deep wounds. Even as Americans [...]

UC statement on the tragic killing of Daunte Wright ♥2021-04-14T08:25:56-07:00

Inclusive Excellence Term Chair Call for Nominations ★

Dear colleagues, The Inclusive Excellence Term Chair (IE Term Chair) Program is envisioned to transform UCI through research, teaching, and service aligned to the priorities of its Black Thriving Initiative. The IE Term Chair program leverages the research and capacities of the campus to broaden UCI's response to designated national imperatives. A maximum of one [...]

Inclusive Excellence Term Chair Call for Nominations ★2021-03-30T09:35:55-07:00

End Racism Initiative | Recognizing Black Excellence | A message from Director Michael A. Yassa, Ph.D. ♥ ★ ✚

Dear colleagues, Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a federally recognized celebration of the numerous contributions Black and African Americans have made, and continue to make to this country. It is also a time to solemnly reflect on the continued struggle for racial equity and justice. The events of the past year have [...]

End Racism Initiative | Recognizing Black Excellence | A message from Director Michael A. Yassa, Ph.D. ♥ ★ ✚2021-02-03T10:44:16-08:00

UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on Black History Month ♥ ★ ✚

UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on Black History Month   This Black History Month, UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on the Black workers, scholars, artists and activists who have propelled the University of California—and the world—forward and the work that remains to achieve our ideals of equality, inclusion and justice.

UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on Black History Month ♥ ★ ✚2021-02-03T09:32:23-08:00

UCI Black Thriving Initiative Update ♥ ★✚

We are in the third month of the UCI Black Thriving Initiative. National awareness is growing. The initiative has received coverage in the Los Angeles Times, attention in Insidehighered and notice in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This week Chancellor Gillman featured the initiative during his presentation at the national meeting of the Association of [...]

UCI Black Thriving Initiative Update ♥ ★✚2020-12-01T13:03:57-08:00

Professor Frank B. Wilderson, III and How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life ♥

Frank B. Wilderson III, a former student of [Saidiya] Hartman’s who now chairs the department of African-American studies at the University of California, Irvine, described her as quietly persuasive. “She’s not an ‘angry Black woman,’ ” he told me. “She’s not Assata Shakur. But what they don’t know is that, where Assata Shakur will blow your [...]

Professor Frank B. Wilderson, III and How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life ♥2021-03-16T13:43:42-07:00

Take the Pledge! ♥★✚

Dear Campus Community, This fall, all UCI community members are encouraged to Take the Pledge as a first step in helping to shape a university culture where Black people can thrive. The Take the Pledge campaign builds on the UCI Black Thriving Initiative, which aims to respond to and recognize anti-Blackness as an existential threat [...]

Take the Pledge! ♥★✚2020-10-14T13:44:21-07:00

Fall 2020 Inclusive Excellence Opportunities ♥ ★ ✚

Dear Campus Community, As we begin the new academic year, I write to welcome you and invite you to participate in advancing the campus commitment to inclusive excellence. Below are several opportunities to learn and grow as a community with faculty, staff and students through our curricula and courses. Modules for Confronting Anti-Blackness (https://inclusion.uci.edu/inclusive-excellence-certificate-program/modules/) Preventing [...]

Fall 2020 Inclusive Excellence Opportunities ♥ ★ ✚2020-09-29T10:04:59-07:00

Introducing the UCI Black Thriving Initiative

  Dear Campus Community, I am writing to announce the UCI Black Thriving Initiative, a far-reaching and ambitious vehicle for institutional transformation. In response to the protests against police violence directed at Black people and the persistence of systemic anti-Blackness, Chancellor Gillman on May 31 called for an unprecedented campus response to this national imperative. [...]

Introducing the UCI Black Thriving Initiative2021-04-01T12:41:12-07:00
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