Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program

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Certificate Program 

Fall 2019 Focus: UCI as a Minority Thriving University

UCI is more diverse, 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.  Consisting of three thematic courses during the academic year, the certificate program will equip faculty, students, and staff at both the main campus and medical center to appreciate UCI from the perspective of different campus constituencies.  It also aligns with the Regents’ “Principles Against Intolerance,” which affirm UC’s long-standing position 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.” It is a great way to bring together students, faculty and staff as a learning community.

The quarterly themes for 2019-2020 are: UCI as a Minority Thriving University (Fall 2019), Wellness (Winter 2020), and Community (Spring 2020). UCI as a Minority Thriving University will introduce participants to the campus’ 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, and undocumented campus communities.

Course Description 

The theme for Fall Quarter 2019 is UCI as a Minority Thriving University.  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, and undocumented campus communities.

Instruction is face to face.  The course will meet for ten 60-minute sections.  Each weekly meeting will be organized around a reading and/or video.  The objectives of these discussion sessions include understanding UCI as a social organization, an appreciation of and for the diverse people who work and learn here, and the promotion of intentional communication, cooperation and collaboration.  Where appropriate, the course will also make use of tools and platforms to facilitate interactivity and engagement (e.g., Piazza, Poll Everywhere, Google Apps for Edu, Canvas, Storify, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Turnitin, and Edpuzzle).

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.

Course Schedule 

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Week 1Inclusive ExcellenceUCI in the 21st Century
Week 2Inclusive ExcellenceDiversity and Inclusion versus Discrimination
Week 3Inclusive ExcellenceFree Speech versus Extremism
Week 4Inclusive ExcellenceEquity versus 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 Native American 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

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Inclusive Excellence Alumni Fund 

Staff and students who successfully complete the certificate program will be eligible to apply for support from an Inclusive Excellence alumni fund.  This competitive funding opportunity aims to support staff and student engagement in diversity efforts that operationalize the program’s learning outcomes.  Applicants to the alumni fund are encouraged to partner with climate councils in their respective units.

If you are having trouble accessing the form above, please submit an application here