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Dismantling Systemic Racism – A UCI Town Hall Discussion ♥

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dismantling Systemic Racism a UCI Town Hall Discussion
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Join Us for #BLM Town Hall

July 21st 4:00 – 5:30 PM


Dear UCI community,


Over the last two months, people from across campus have actively brainstormed ways to take action and develop concrete plans to eliminate systemic racism on our campus and in our scientific community.


In June, we hosted a #ShutDownSTEM Town Hall meeting (summary report) and a discussion with graduate students Angeline Dukes and Elena Dominguez titled, Becoming Anti-Racist: A Conversation on Being a Better Advisor, Labmate, and Friend (summary report).


These discussion made it clear…there is much more we must do. On June 22, we invited the campus to join working groups to address systemic racism on campus.


Since then, we have had more than 700 individuals sign up to our BLM Mailing List and 170 volunteers sign up to join the BLM Working Groups. This is a tremendous response!


Our next town hall, scheduled for July 21st at 4:00PM, will be a kickoff meeting for these efforts. Dr. Douglas Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, diversity and Inclusion and UCI’s Chief Diversity Officer, will address the group and provide an overview of campus efforts and plans to dismantle systemic racism.


The goal of the town hall will be to discuss how we can harness the grassroots effort and goodwill that has sprung up across the whole campus and the strong desire across numerous stakeholder groups to be part of the process of making a difference, while capitalizing and building on our campus’ achievements in this area as well as strategic plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion as embodied in the Office of Inclusive Excellence Action Plan.


We will also discuss working group structure and leadership as well as the process by which the groups will be supported, expectations for their deliverables, and next steps for how to implement their recommendations.


Please click below to register for the event and you will receive the zoom meeting information the morning of the town hall.


I look forward to seeing you all soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me.



Michael A. Yassa, Ph.D.