What Matters to Me and Why Speaker Series


Personal Journeys: Choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments grasped and joys revealed.

To learn more about the program, view Professor Jonathan Feng's introduction below.


In an abundance of caution and to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, the What Matters to Me and Why series will be in-person and via Zoom streaming.

Faculty and Staff Series

Offered since 2012, this informal lunchtime series is designed to build and strengthen bonds between people who teach, learn and work together daily, and to foster understanding of how each of us embraces the UCI values.

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Program: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

2024-2025 Schedule

Below are the dates for the 2024-25 series. Registration opens approximately three weeks in advance of each talk. Dates and speakers subject to change.


  • Wednesday, October 23, 2024- Mahtab Jafari, School of Pharmacology
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2024- Michael Dessen, Department of Music


  • Wednesday, January 22, 2025- Ronke Olabisi, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2025- Corina Espinoza, School of Social Sciences
  • Thursday, March 13, 2025- David Kaye, School of Law
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2025- Wayne Hayes

UCI Health Series

Where:  UCI Medical Center, Building 54, 5th Floor, Podlich Family Conference Center & streaming through Zoom

When: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 


More information about events will be coming soon

Alumni Series

This series explores the dynamics of learning relationships and how the encouragement and support of mentors has profoundly impacted the student experiences, career paths and life journeys of some of UCI’s many distinguished alumni.

Where:  Newkirk Alumni Center & streaming through Zoom

When: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


  • Dates and more information coming soon