In responding to this national imperative, UCI Black Thriving Initiative builds on the campus Inclusive Action Plan, extends the UCI Confronting Extremism Program, and aligns with the Principles against Intolerance approved by the UC Regents. Recent achievements are included in a year one in review.

Nation's Foremost Destination for Black People to Thrive

Black Thriving Starts with Leadership

  • Michael V. Drake Dr. established at UCI
  • First Black chancellor of a general campus
  • First Black president of the University of California

Undergraduate Black Thriving Scholars Program

  • $10K in gifts raised from campus and community members
  • 10 Thriving Scholarships awarded to continuing students

OC African American Alliance $10K Grant

  • For BTI-Beall Applied Innovation Student Startup Fund for Entrepreneurship

Graduate Education

  • School of Humanities enrolls record number of new Black graduate student in Black Studies Cluster

Black Management Association: Launched in 2021

Applications & Admissions

  • 3rd in-state UC choice for African Americans
  • Doubled admissions offers for African Americans in 2021

Placing Racial Equity at the Center of the University Experience

Anti-Blackness in the U.S. Courses

  • 800 participants and 4,000 hours of community learning

School of Medicine: LEAD-ABC

  • Nation's first program to develop physician-leaders trained to addressed the unique health care needs of African, Black, and Caribbean communities

Campus Term Chair Program: Black Thriving

  • $500K direct investment over 3 years
  • 5 term chairs awarded for distinguished contributions

Campus Black Thriving Cluster Hiring Program

  • 10 faculty positions for cluster appointments
  • Second consecutive year of double digit hiring of new Black Faculty

Black Thriving Pledge

  • 1500 signatories of the Black Thriving Pledge
  • 800 personal testimonials