Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program

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Certificate Program 

Today, UCI is more diverse than it was in 1965, when the campus opened to welcome students, staff and faculty.  But, is it more equitable and more inclusive?  The UCI strategic plan Bright Past. Brilliant Future aims to mobilize the campus in the service of inclusive excellence.  At the center of this vision is the imperative to expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion, and honor free speech.

The Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program advances UCI’s commitment to these principles.  It equips the campus community – faculty, students, and staff at both the main campus and medical center – to appreciate UCI from the vantage point of different campus constituencies.

It also aligns with the Regents’ “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.”  In this statement, the Regents reaffirm the University of California’s long-standing view that “acts of hatred and other intolerant conduct, as well as acts of discrimination that demean our differences, are antithetical to the values of the University and serve to undermine its purpose.”  The Regents also recognize that “freedom of expression and freedom of inquiry are paramount” and that the “University will vigorously defend the principles of the First Amendment.”

Course Description 

This course will introduce participants to UCI’s transformation into a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).  Participants will explore UCI’s status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).  In addition, participants will explore UCI’s initiatives focused on Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ+, African American, Black, and undocumented campus communities.

This course continues an exploration of UCI’s transformation into a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), emphasizing the connection between wellness and inclusive excellence.  Participants will consider the development of UCI as a Health Promoting University.  In addition, participants will explore campus initiatives focused on topics including basic needs, sustainability, violence prevention and active bystander intervention, mental health, building inclusive communities, and campus climate.

This course continues an exploration of UCI’s transformation into a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), focusing on the connection between community and inclusive excellence.  Participants will consider the development of UCI as an inclusive place where everyone feels safe, respected and valued.  In addition, participants will explore campus initiatives focused on topics including activism, building inclusive communities, international students and scholars, alumni, digital extremism, and campus climate.

Learning Outcomes 

By successfully completing this course, faculty, staff and students will be able to recognize how diversity, equity, inclusion, and free speech intersect; appreciate the experiences and perspectives of diverse constituencies; compare and contrast the experience of different campus communities; apply strategies to advance the success of diverse campus constituencies; and operationalize UCI’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and free speech.

Spring 2020 Course Schedules 

WEEKFOCUSSUBJECT
Week 1Inclusive ExcellenceUCI in the 21st Century
Week 2Inclusive ExcellenceDiversity and Inclusion vs. Discrimination
Week 3Inclusive ExcellenceFree Speech vs. Extremism
Week 4Inclusive ExcellenceEquity vs. Bias
Week 5UCI as a Minority Thriving UniversityAfrican American and Black Communities
Week 6UCI as a Minority Thriving UniversityLatinx Communities
Week 7UCI as a Minority Thriving UniversityAsian American and Pacific Islander Communities
Week 8UCI as a Minority Thriving UniversityLGBTQ+ Communities
Week 9UCI as a Minority Thriving UniversityUndocumented Communities
Week 10UCI as a Minority Thriving UniversityJewish and Muslim Communities
WEEKFOCUSSUBJECT
Week 1IntroductionHealth Promoting Universities & Colleges
Week 2NO CLASS NO CLASS
Week 3PhysicalBasic Needs
Week 4EnvironmentalSustainability
Week 5SocialViolence Prevention and Active Bystander Intervention
Week 6EmotionalMental Health
Week 7CulturalBridging the Gap between Medical Education and the LGBTQ+ Community
Week 8Intellectual Campus Climate
Week 9NO CLASSNO CLASS
Week 10ConclusionUCI as a Health Promoting Minority Serving Institution (MSI)
WEEKFOCUSSUBJECT
Week 1 IntroductionAcknowledging Native Peoples at UCI
Week 2 Who or what defines
community?
Building Inclusive Communities: Cross-Cultural
Center 45th Anniversary Celebration
Week 3 Who or what defines
community?
The Beginnings of Activism for the Department
of Asian American Studies (BADAAS)
Week 4 NO CLASSNO CLASS
Week 5 Who is included?International Students & Scholars
Week 6 Who is included?UCI Alumni Diversity Programs
Week 7 Why does equity-mindedness
need to be at the heart of it all?
Confronting Digital Extremism
Week 8 Why does equity-mindedness
need to be at the heart of it all?
Campus Climate
Week 9 NO CLASSNO CLASS
Week 10 ConclusionWho or what defines community for you at UCI?

Inclusive Excellence Alumni Fund 

Call for Proposals

The Alumni Fund call solicits proposals to advance the UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence Action Plan.

UCI is more diverse today than it was in 1965, when the campus opened to welcome students, staff and faculty.  But, is it more equitable and more inclusive?  The UCI strategic plan Bright Past. Brilliant Future. aims to mobilize the campus in the service of inclusive excellence.  At the center of this vision is the imperative to expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion, and honor free speech.  The Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program advances UCI’s commitment to these principles.

Competitive proposals will align with the Office of Inclusive Excellence Action Plan.  Using the Action Plan pillars as a lens, proposers are encouraged to explore how to advance community, thriving, and wellness at UCI.  All staff and students who complete the certificate program (i.e., the core course, UCI as a Minority Thriving University, plus at least one of the program electives, either Wellness or Community) are eligible to apply.  (Please note: faculty who complete the certificate program are eligible to submit a proposal to the Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards program.)

Funding will be provided for single- and multiple-investigator projects up to $1,000 that reflect at least one of the following OIE Action Plan goals:

  • create positive climate, promote belonging, combat intolerance, honor free speech
  • elevate Minority Thriving, educate and employ for diversity, advance equity, promote inclusion, recognize diversity as a competency
  • facilitate access, promote Thriving, create health culture, and lead collaboration

Type of Projects Funded/Fund Use

 Projects may build on Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program course content and/or discussion.  All proposed projects must align with the OIE Action Plan.

Funding must be used solely for project activities according to UCI policies governing state funds.  Students are required to identify a host academic or co-curricular unit to facilitate use of funds.

Review Process

Submissions will be prioritized by a review committee, accompanied by recommendations for funding.  Total funding is subject to change and based on the funds available at the time of funding decisions.  The Office of Inclusive Excellence expects to fund a total of 25 projects.

Proposal Components

Only complete submissions will be considered; incomplete submissions will be returned.

A complete submission must include a completed online form (https://uciadvance.wufoo.com/forms/mdgxlmv0hxbqg1/) and one PDF proposal (maximum 2 typed pages) with the following components:

  • Abstract/Summary (maximum 150 words)
  • Statement of Need/Project Purpose
  • Project Activity, Methods/Approaches, Proposed Outcomes
  • Evaluation of How Project Success will be Measured
  • Plans for Dissemination
  • Significance of the Project
  • Budget and Budget Narrative

Deadlines

Complete submissions must be received online by 5pm (Pacific time) on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Implementation Requirements

Lead contacts for all projects funded from this call accept responsibilities to:

  • Provide image(s) and abstracts for online project promotion
  • Complete mid-year and annual project updates on expenses and advancement of project goals
  • Request advance approval from the Office of Inclusive Excellence in writing for any changes in fund uses or funded project activities
  • Participate in a video-recorded interview and public forum to communicate findings and project outcomes
  • Complete a Project Use Report and expend all funds by October 31, 2021

Recognition of Certificate Program Completion 

 

CLICK HERE to view the 2020 Certificate Program Recognition playlist

The 2019-2020 Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program Cohort  

The inaugural cohort of the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program is comprised of 117 UCI students, staff and faculty. Each participant has completed the core course, Thriving, plus one elective, either Wellness or Community. An asterisk (*) denotes participants who have completed all three courses.

Meranda Aguilar Gabriela Gonzalez Jessica Pratt
Montserrat Aguilera Veronica Gonzalez Marissa Reyes
Iftekhar Ahmed Jenna Gotte John Robb*
Kayleigh Anderson Benny Green Nina Rucci
Shelley Baker Maria Gutierrez* Miryha Runnerstrom
Stephen Barker Mandy Haeberle Lisa Scavone*
Elisabet Barrios Mateo Eric Hernandez Barraza Kelli Sharp
Sylvia Bass Xavier Hernandez* Negar Shekarabi
Maelee Blancaflor Winston Hibler Daniel Siakel
Elsa Bugarini Yocca* Alejandra Hormaza Paola Sotelo
Claudia Campos MJ Ibale* Megan Story
Jessica Canas-Castaneda Krystina Jarema* Christine Tomlinson
Larisa Castillo Kristi Kim Krystal Tribbett
Jesus Chavez Daniel Knight Erica Turley-De Villa*
Drew Chesen Liza Krassner Jennie Vargas
Lizeth Cintora Judith Kroll Tom Vasich
Jordie Conde* Lilibeth LaBuen* Joel Veenstra
Natalie D’Azzo Karen Lenz* Veronika Vicqueneau*
Priscilla De Lara* Arianna Long Carolina Villanueva
Veronica Delgado Geneva Lopez-Sandoval Mark Walter
Meredith Ehrenberg Victoria Lowerson Bredow Tatiana Walton
Darren Endo Angela Lukowski* Mei-Hui Wang
Samantha Engler JB Manchak Kameko Washburn
Somphone Eno Daniel Martinez Suzi Weaver
Jenny Fan Jordan McAuley Justin Wilford
Marcello Fiocco Michelle McCoy Jennifer Wilkens
Cristina Flores Connie McGuire Adrian Williams
Roberta Flores Francisco Mercado Canton Winer
Elizabeth Franklin* Ken Murphy Shane Wood
Ivana Freund* Deirdre O’Reilly Judy Wu
Madeleine Gam Benedict Olgado Tootie Yee*
Daniel Gardner Megan Osborn Ilona Yim*
Reginald Gardner* Eufemia Palomino Nima Yolmo
Theodore Gideonse Alessandra Pantano* Elayne Zalis*
Rena Goldstein Roberto Pelayo Sergio Zaragoza
Spencer Gomez Stacie Pham

The following participants have given permission to publish their name. 

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