Oct 14, 2021

Dear Campus community,

What are the best actions to foster UCI community in the face of ideas, practices, and policies aimed at eroding the founding values of UCI and its land-grant mission to advance inclusive community?

A total of 11 faculty and resource center directors were funded for their proposed efforts in “Building Community to Confront Extremism.” The project proposals were selected by a campus panel from a total of 15 submissions. The proposals totaled to nearly $250,000 requested in funding to share new knowledge and scholarship, improve pedagogy and training and advance the engagement of UCI members and community in evidence-based practices for inclusive learning.

The awarded projects demonstrate a central focus on inclusive excellence while defining and exploring UCI community needs to confront extreme ideology, practices, policies or systems that lie far outside of the norms for verdant or democratic values. Awardees will present during a public forum in spring 2022. The awards are hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence Confronting Extremism Program, which seeks to forge dialogues and support inquiry and evidence-based practices aligned to campus values. More information about the program and the proposal awards is located at: http://inclusion.uci.edu/confronting-extremism/.

Congratulations the project contacts and their teams for their winning proposals!

Awards by unit are:

Division of Student Affairs, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, Ekpeju “Ed” E-Nunu (Lead) – Interactive Education through Theatre of the Oppressed: The New Weaponization of Cancel Culture; Silencing Extremism or Asserting Values – Additional team members: Marina Hara Mantos, Darlene Esparza, Greg Diggs-Yang, and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Division of Student Affairs, UCI CARE, Mandy Mount (Lead) – UCI CARE: Building Safer and More Equitable Communities through Violence Prevention and Holistic Healing – Additional team members: Eli Pascal, Kaeleigh Hayakawa, Rasta Bagheri, Melissa Bader-Huesgen, and Sallie Pappas

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Department of Informatics, Constance Steinkuehler (Lead) – Building Community: Confronting Extremism in Online Games

School of Education, Rosella Santagata (Lead) – Theater of Resilience: Engaging UCI and Local Communities in Collaborative Writing and Performance – Additional team members: Joseph Jenkins (Co-Lead), Adriana Michèle Campos Johnson (Co-Lead), Gustavo Carlo (Co-Lead), and Giulia Vittori (Co-Lead)

School of Education, Adriana Villavicencio (Lead) – Confronting Extremism through Culturally Responsive Pedagogies in a STEM Educator Program – Additional team members: Doron Zinger and Socorro Cambero

School of Humanities, Center for Jewish Studies, Matthias Lehmann (Lead) – Undergraduate Fellows in Jewish Studies

School of Law, Michele Bratcher Goodwin (Lead) – Building Community to Confront Extremism: Community Health after Violence – Additional team members: Patricia Jones Blessman, T. Mychael Rambo, and George Woods

School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine/Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Department of Informatics, Sean Young (Lead) – Building Community Call: Hackathon to Explore Solutions to Racial/Ethnic/Religious Bias, Discrimination, and Extremism – Additional team members: Sameer Singh (Co-Lead), Maia Young (Co-lead), and Dominic Arjuna Ugarte

School of Social Ecology, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, Naomi Sugie (Lead) – PrisonPandemic: Centering Incarcerated People’s Voices During COVID-19 – Additional team members: Kristin Turney (co-PI) and Keramet (co-PI)

UCI Health Affairs, Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, Julie Youm (Lead) – READ What Is SAID: An Inter-professional Approach to Clinical Assessment – Additional team members: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin (Co-Lead), Xavier Hernandez, Warren Wiechmann, Alisa Wray, Tiffany Nielsen, Sarah McBane, and David Timberlake

UCI Libraries, Audra Eagle Yun (Lead) – RoRR OC: Records of Resistance and Resilience in Orange County – Additional team members: Thuy Vo Dang and Krystal Tribbett


Take the Pledge!

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