Sep 28, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

As we begin the new academic year, I write to welcome you and invite you to participate in advancing the campus commitment to inclusive excellence. Below are several opportunities to learn and grow as a community with faculty, staff and students through our curricula and courses.

Modules for Confronting Anti-Blackness (

Preventing anti-Blackness by understanding it. Several new courses are free and open to all UCI faculty, staff and students. These five-hour modules include weekly moderated discussions that are supplemented by reading and viewing resources:

  • Module 1: Anti-Blackness in the U.S.: Black Protest Tradition
  • Module 2: Anti-Blackness in the U.S.: Structures and Mechanisms of De-Valuing Black People

To learn more and register, see here

Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program (

Mobilizing the campus in the service of equity, diversity, inclusion and free speech. The following courses are free and open to all UCI faculty, staff and students. Each course will include 10, 60-minute sections. Participants who successfully complete the core course plus at least one of the electives will receive an Inclusive Excellence certificate.

  • Core Course: UCI as a Minority Thriving Campus
  • Elective: Wellness
  • Elective: Community

To learn more and register, see here

Inclusive Excellence Alumni Fund

Participants who complete the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program will be able to apply for competitive support from the Inclusive Excellence Alumni Fund. Funding will be provided for 25 single- and multiple-investigator projects up to $1,000. Complete submissions must be received online by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. The application is available here

These courses promote and advance a campus culture where everyone expects equity, supports diversity, practices inclusion, and honors free speech. Please join us.


Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D. (Pronouns: he/him/his)
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
Director, ADVANCE Program
Professor of History, Humanities