Confronting Extremism2019-11-18T17:57:18-08:00
hands with the words speak out

         

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 Vice Chancellor Douglas Hayes is announcing the establishment 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 Conversations

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 Contemporary Issues: Understanding Domestic Terrorism

The Provost Initiative on Contemporary Issues: Understanding Domestic Terrorism requests UCI Senate faculty proposals that explore the origins and sources, causes and consequences, methods and modalities, representations and discourses, and responses to and engagement with domestic terrorism. Proposal Deadline Extended! Due by 5 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, December 2, 2019, at the “Application” tab here. 

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.

New Civics in an Age of Polarization: Tools for Change

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

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

UCI Conversation Kitchen

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:30 pm on day 8 of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Conversation Kitchen: A Tamale-Filled Holiday

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Afternoon Tea Talks: Shakespeare in Mexico

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

a kitchen table with apple, grapes, and spices

Conversation Kitchen: Foods of Japan and Korea

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Check back soon for more opportunities to confront extremism.

Exploring Extremism Through Faculty Research

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:

Confronting Extremism Talks

hands with the words speak out
Doheny Beach, Student Center

Inclusive Excellence Forum

Pacific Ballroom, Student Center
UC Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
Google Map

Past Events:

Author Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
Google Map

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

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

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

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.

 
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 initiative fortifies the values of inclusive excellence: equity, diversity, inclusion and free speech, accomplished through three pillars:

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

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 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.

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.

 

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.

What’s next? 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 Vice Chancellor Douglas Hayes is announcing the establishment 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. 

[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.