Nov 6, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Please join the upcoming UCI Black Thriving Initiative classes open to students, faculty and staff.

Preventing anti-Blackness by understanding it. Why are people protesting in the streets and demonstrating in support of Black Lives?

This course is free and open to all campus members – undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and staff employees. Participants will meet online for one hour per week, for a total of five weeks. Each meeting will be organized around a theme that serves as a focal point of moderated discussion.

Participants may select from the following upcoming five-week modules:

  • Module 2 – Anti-Blackness in the United States: Structures & Mechanisms of De-Valuing Black People
    • Section 3 | Mondays, 3-4 p.m. (November 9 – December 7) on Zoom
    • Section 4 | Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. (November 10 – December 8) on Zoom

To learn more and register, see here.

This course is part of the Modules for Confronting Anti-Blackness. The purpose of this course sequence is to examine anti-Black racism in the United States while advancing UCI’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Completion of select Office of Inclusive Excellence courses align with contributions to diversity (e.g., APM-210) for faculty and support student career readiness competencies through group discussions (e.g., communication, teamwork, intercultural fluency, etc.). For staff members as appropriate, please discuss the total time commitment with your supervisor before applying.

Questions about this course sequence can be directed to MJ Ibale ( and Joseph Morales (

Finally, I want to invite you to Take the Pledge to build a university culture where Black people thrive.


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