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 

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.