Understanding Extremism

Understanding extremism is a fundamental responsibility for citizenship in the 21st century. The scale and scope of extremism poses a threat to our civic institutions, democratic values and our very multi-cultural society. It demands more than an initiative. It is for this reason that I am announcing the established of Confronting Extremism as a dedicated campus-wide program. The former initiative responded to an event, the program is designed to fortify our resilience as a campus community while advancing our commitment to inclusive excellence.

Learning from Lectures and Conversation

The State of Hate: A Conversation with Anti-Defamation League’s Oren Segal

Racial Bias in America: How Did We Get Here and Why Are We Stuck?
with Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Charlottesville: A Defining Moment in America: A Conversation with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Chancellor’s Professor Michele Goodwin, and Dr. Rabbi Hillel Cohn

Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism

Eight faculty were funded for projects in the 2017-2018 call for proposals which (1) confront the denial of our common humanity; (2) confront the denial of science; or (3) broaden experiential learning and critical inquiry in general education courses. Find out more about the funded projects by clicking on the "2018 Awardees" tab on the initiative web page, and view the introduction videos for each funded project to hear directly from the faculty awardees. To receive an update on the outcome of the funded projects, visit our website later in the fall to find out about our Confronting Extremism Talks event in November.

Tools for Change

New Civics in an Age of Polarization

Digital Extremism: Understanding and Confronting the Alt-right’s Digital Toolkit

Civic Education in Polarized Times: How Can We Prepare Young Adults for the Challenges of Contemporary Citizenship?

New Online Course

Diversity, Inclusion & Racial Healing Ambassador Program

Ambassador Program

The mission of this program focuses to inspire youth to develop a refined sense and understanding of human resilience within and beyond high school campuses by promoting a deeper understanding of diversity, ethnicity and culture. Learn more >>

The Virtuous Table

Virtuous Table Events

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Check back soon for more opportunities to confront extremism.

Exploring Extremism

George Floyd mural, heart in hands

A Message from the Law School | Community Statement on Chauvin Verdict ♥

By Mariejo Ibale | April 23, 2021

Community Statement on Chauvin Verdict 04-20-2021 Dear Law School Community, Over the last few weeks, we have endured the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, even as we have…

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Statement on the April 15 FedEx Facility Shooting in Indianapolis, Indiana ♥

By Mariejo Ibale | April 22, 2021

Dear campus community, As members of the UCI campus community, we grieve the loss of life in recent mass shootings. All are tragic. In this statement we call attention to…

President Drake

A Message from President Drake | UC commends Chauvin murder trial verdict ♥ ★

By Mariejo Ibale | April 20, 2021

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and UC Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez released the following statement today (April 20) regarding the Chauvin trial verdict: As…

UCI Student Life and Leadership

A Message from Assistant Vice Chancellor Rameen Talesh | Chauvin Guilty Verdict & Campus Resources ♥ ✚

By Mariejo Ibale | April 20, 2021

Dear Anteaters, Today we learned the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on the murder of George Floyd. After a lengthy trial, the jury was swift in their decision to…

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A Message from Chancellor Gillman | Today’s Guilty Verdict in the Chauvin Trial ♥

By Mariejo Ibale | April 20, 2021

A year ago, after we had all seen the video of George Floyd’s killing, I wrote to all of you, saying that “We watched with shock and horror the video…

Doug Haynes

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

By Mariejo Ibale | April 16, 2021

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…

President Drake

UC statement on the tragic killing of Daunte Wright ♥

By Mariejo Ibale | April 14, 2021

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…

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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs | Bridging the Gap: Pharmacy Deserts ♥ ✚

By Mariejo Ibale | March 15, 2021

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Bridging the Gap: Pharmacy Deserts Access to fresh food, safe shelter and health services all support the wellbeing of communities—their absence in…

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Claiming a Louder Life: Part I & II

By Mariejo Ibale | March 5, 2021

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Making Art More Inclusive: Museums Work To Address Diversity In Galleries

By Mariejo Ibale | February 19, 2021

Making Art More Inclusive: Museums Work To Address Diversity In Galleries “There are many curators of American art that don’t know anything about African American artists,” Bridget Cooks, a professor…

Events

The Office of Inclusive Excellence hosts a campus-wide calendar to highlight events that support inclusive excellence. Below is a list of events that are focused on confronting extremism.

Upcoming Events:

Past Events:

Messages

2019

Fortifying Our Campus Community by Confronting Extremism and Hate
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Professor of History, Douglas Haynes
March 18, 2019

2018

Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism Funded Projects
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Professor of History, Douglas Haynes
February 21, 2018

Special Call for Projects 2018-2019 – Provost Initiative on Confronting Extremism
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Professor of History, Douglas Haynes and Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Said M. Shokair
October 16, 2018

Hope Through Strengthening Community
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Professor of History, Douglas Haynes
October 28, 2018

2017

Introducing UCI Confronting Extremism
Chancellor Howard Gillman and Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia
October 24, 2017

Special Call for Proposals 2017-2018 – Provost Initiative on Confronting Extremism
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia
October 17, 2017

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to speak as part of the Chancellor's Distinguished Speaker Series
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Douglas Haynes and Vice Provost for Academic Planning Judith Stepan-Norris
August 31, 2017

About the Initiative

con·front·ing

facing especially in challenge; causing to meet; bringing face-to-face

ex·trem·ism

the quality or state of being extreme; advocacy of extreme measures or views

 – www.Merriam-Webster.com

UCI Confronting Extremism was launched as a one-year initiative in 2017 with the opening event, Charlottesville: A Defining Moment in America, A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. The initiative was dedicated to understanding the ideas and behaviors advocated far outside of alignment to the campus values for social justice and equity in today' society as a means to identify pathways for building positive campus and democratic communities.

The initiative connected current campus efforts with new intentions and activities – emphasizing the merits of research, innovative teaching and engaged service to inform inquiry and knowledge bases, practices, and values clarification aligned to the University’s mission in and beyond the 21st century. Moreover, the initiative dissected extreme rhetoric, violent acts, and related incidents, to reject their associated limits and divisions and, rather, to explore proactive, evidence-based, and instructive approaches and actions where societal progress may emerge.

What's next? After the first year, the UCI Confronting Extremism Initiative was extended to run through the 2018-2019 academic year. With great success of programs, discussions, and campus engagement, the UCI Confronting Extremism Initiative has moved from initiative to program. With enduring interest and endless opportunities to understand, engage, and explore extremism, check back often for campus updates on how we can work together to confront extremism on campus, in our community, and in the world.

[1] Statistics on Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide retrieved from: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/statistics-on-incidents-of-terrorism-worldwide.
[2] See Indicators of school crime and safety: 2014, retrieved from: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015072.pdf.
[3] See the UCI Strategic Plan (2016), p. 3.