Critical Race Training in Education

University of California, Irvine

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
260 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, California 92697
Phone
(949) 824-6703
Email address
admissions@uci.edu
School Information
"In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. Today, we draw on the unyielding spirit of our pioneering faculty, staff and students who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas. We believe that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance our understanding of the world around us. And we enlighten our communities and point the way to a better future. At UCI, we shine brighter" (Source: https://uci.edu/about/). UCI has a total enrollment of over 37,000 students and has a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The university offers 87 bachelor's degrees, 84 master's degrees, and 53 doctorates.
General Information
Recently, UCI has responded to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery with the creation of numerous initiatives. These include the End Racism Initiative, the Black Thriving Initiative, and numerous training programs. UCI calls upon all students, faculty, and staff to make a pledge against "anti-Blackness" and encourages the campus community to complete an Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program. All UCIPD officers and staff are required to complete the certificate and certain groups leaders are required to undergo anti-racism training. While anti-racism and Critical Race training is offered, it is not required of all students at this time. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    UCI is #CallingAllAnteaters to take the pledge against "anti-Blackness," "anti-Black micro- and macro-aggressions," and "unconscious and conscious acts of bias, prejudice, and bigotry."

  • Resources

    UCI provides numerous resources and definitions for anti-racism and related terms. Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist," is a recommended reading.

  • Resources

    The UCI Black Thriving Initiative "recognizes and responds to anti-Blackness as an existential threat to our mission as public research university" and holds numerous events and programs to discuss anti-Blackness. The Black Thriving Institute also explores "how anti-Blackness, racial justice and slavery implicate and shape human histories, contemporary realities and futures of nation-states, cultures and communities, and people within and in relation to the African diaspora."

  • Program and Research Funding

    Within the Black Thriving Initiative, the Inclusive Excellence Term Chair Program awards $30,000 annually for researchers "advancing the Black experience and serving as drivers of well being for UCI and external community members."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    UCI offers an Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    The UCI Police Department made a Campus Commitment to Inclusive Excellence by "communicating campus expectations that all sworn officers promote equity, diversity and inclusion in serving the community." Every member of UCIPD must complete the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program.

  • Resources

    In 2020, UCI created an External Advisory Board to look after the affairs of the Black Thriving Initiative and the Office of Inclusive Excellence Speakers Bureau.

  • Program and Research Funding

    In 2020, UCI began "investing in student achievement and honoring Black faculty" through numerous programs.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    In 2019, the UCI School of Medicine established "Leadership Education to Advance Diversity - African, Black, and Caribbean." This program is "aimed at producing future physicians who are committed to addressing the health needs of African, Black and Caribbean communities in California, the United States, and beyond."

  • Program and Research Funding

    The UCI School of Social Sciences created a Black Lives Matter Research Scholarship.

  • Resources

    UCI has an Academic Excellence Black Scholars House which is a first-year residential experience that supports diverse students.

  • Symbolic Actions

    UCI's Writing Center hosts an annual Black Lives Matter Writing Contest. The 2021 contest has a theme of "A Call for Accountability: Reassessing How We Care for Black Womxn."

  • Program and Research Funding

    The Paul Merage School of Business launched the Black Management Association BMA for Students and Alumni. The school also created a scholarship for Black business students.

  • Program and Research Funding

    Since the establishment of the UC-Historical Black Universities and Colleges Initiative grants in 2011, UCI has been awarded 11 grants. In 2021, the UC-HBCU grant of $600,000 for three recurring years in order to support 30 students.

  • Symbolic Actions

    UCI appointed a new Director of Diversity Initiatives in the School of Biological Sciences.

  • Program and Research Funding

    UCI awarded researchers the Spencer Foundation Racial Equity Special Research Grant in June 2021.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 7, 2021, UCI named a stretch of road near campus "Michael Drake Drive" after the former chancellor emeritus.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, UCI created the End Racism Initiative in June 2020. This initiative requires the training of all work group leaders regarding topics of "systemic racism," effective 2021.

  • Resources

    The UCI Counseling Center offers numerous resources for "racial trauma."

  • Resources

    The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation has an "Anti-Racist Pedagogy Reading List." UCI also provides a list of anti-racism books from UCI Law, and the UCI Library hosts an "eBook Collection on Understanding and Combating Racism" in addition to a media series of "Anti-Racism Films." Additionally, the Office of Inclusive Excellence provides resources for microaggressions and UCI Student Affairs provides staff with resources on how to "combat anti-Black racism."

  • Resources

    The UCI Sustainability Resource Center made a statement in solidarity "with the movement for Black lives" by saying, "We emphatically condemn the continued killing and harassment of Black folks by police departments and a culture of white supremacy across the nation." The center provided resources in conjunction with this statement to further its mission.

  • Program and Research Funding

    The Department of Materials Science and Engineering created the Anti-Racism Work Group for 2021-2022.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The Office of Inclusive Excellence and the president have made numerous statements of solidarity and support for events surrounding Juneteenth, George Floyd, and Daunte Wright, among many others.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    UCI offers numerous training for implicit bias, anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The UCI Medical Scientist Training Program committed to "encouraging discussions around anti-racism, health disparities, and bias in STEM through a journal club and annual workshops" and "evaluating program climate periodically to ensure all students feel a part of the community and are being heard."

Last updated August 30th, 2021