Confronting Extremism 2018-12-07T10:51:35+00:00



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


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


The Office of Inclusive Excellence will host Steven Pinker on campus as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series and  the Perspectives on Bias, Prejudice, and Bigotry Lecture Series on October 17, 2018.
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The Office of Inclusive Excellence kicked-off the initiative on September 8, 2017 with a co-sponsored event featuring Reverend Jesse Jackson
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New! Confronting Extremism Video Introduction

UCI Confronting Extremism is a year-long campus initiative dedicated to understanding the ideas and behaviors advocated far outside of alignment to the campus values for social justice and equity in today’s society as a means to identify pathways for building positive campus and democratic communities. 

The program connects 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 program dissects 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.

Major activities and practices reflect the following broad yet integrated components:

Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism

The Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism asks faculty members to explore contemporary topics such as ideological and cultural extremism and relationships to the civil, political and human rights of communities based on disability, ethnicity, gender, immigration status and nationality, race, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation, gender expression, and other categories. Find out more

Provost Experiential Alliances to Confront Extremism (PEACE)

The Provost Experiential Alliances to Confront Extremism is a collaboration between the Office of Inclusive Excellence(OIE) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Proposed projects will engage undergraduate and graduate students in opportunities to honor free speech while developing campus action strategies in one of three focus areas. Find out more

UCI Academy for Inclusion

The UCI Academy for Inclusion combines academic courses and research opportunities as well as co-curricular and public affairs programming in ways to promote public dialogues, knowledge sharing, reflective learning, and other means to foster engagement. 

OC Confronting Extremism for Inclusion

The OC Confronting Extremism for Inclusion uses partnership series and developmental events at a range of venues to stress the values that we share: expect equity, support diversity and practice inclusion.

Initiative Purpose 

Why confront extremism? Why now?

In 2016, more than 11,000 acts of terror based on extremist ideologies were reported in the world,[1] clearly affecting our global community in terms of physical and mental harms. Schools – expected to be environments for supportive learning – have been the locations of violent deaths and nearly 800 hate-motivated crimes at U.S. colleges and universities.[2] Individuals or groups who bring extremist conflicts to the campus require our deliberate actions to ensure that UCI remains a conducive learning environment and champion of social justice for our diverse students, faculty, staff, and public members.

As a land-grant institution that serves more than 32,000 students, faculty, and staff members, as well as local, national, and international communities, UCI has a mandate to excel in its tripartite mission of pioneering research, transformative teaching, and engaged service.  Our strategic goals guiding the campus into the next millennium recognize that ‘diversity of experience and thought is a precondition for productive deliberation, an essential component of our fundamental scholarly and research mission’. [3] 

UCI Confronting Extremism aims to:

  • forge new dialogues and actions to critically examine proactive and response measures that support social justice efforts on campus in the face of extreme narratives;
  • support development of constructive research and pedagogy to support critical dialogues and inquiries about free speech and relationships to national and local social narratives to confront extremism and support inclusive communities;
  • identify uses of evidence-informed approaches to dialogues and practices in research, teaching, and public service, which interrogate the nature and types of extremism.

Collectively, this year-long initiative will fortify the values of inclusive excellence: equity, diversity, inclusion and free speech.

[1] Statistics on Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide retrieved from:

[2] See Indicators of school crime and safety: 2014, retrieved from:

[3] See the UCI Strategic Plan (2016), p. 3.

Get Involved 

Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism

2017-2018 Call for proposals is now closed. Please visit the initiative webpage to find out more about the funded proposals.

Proposal Project Lead
Bridging the Gap between Medical and Nursing Education and the LGBT+ Community: Efforts to Improve Healthcare Delivery through Dialogue, Education and Understanding Ellena Peterson and Terrance Mayes
Challenging Liberal Order: Populist Politics from the Nazis to Today David Tse-Chien Pan
Civic Education in Polarized Times Sara Wallace Goodman
Digital Extremism: Understanding and Confronting the Alt-right’s Digital Toolkit William Maurer and Paul Dourish
Interrogating the Character and Persistence of Science Denialism The Case of the Anti-Vaccine Movement David Snow and Colin Bernatzky
Relativism and Skepticism: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Duncan Pritchard
STEM Cell Research and Applications: Understanding and Confronting Science Denial Aileen Anderson
The Virtuous Table Julia Lupton and Yong Chen

UCI Academy for Inclusion

The Office of Inclusive Excellence has compiled a list of resources to help broaden and deepen discussions around confronting extremism. 

Programs: Explore opportunities to equip yourself with a greater understanding of issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Mediation, Cultural Competency, & Ally Training: Take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills, competencies, and perspectives to be better informed.




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


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

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


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:


Humanities Hall 161, The Little Theater, UCI

Past Events:

Author Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
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Courageous Conversations Workshop

Education Buildling, Room 2009
UC Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697 United States

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Pacific Ballroom C, Student Center
Irvine, 92697