Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.82
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date March 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Irvine
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Douglas Haynes
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusive Excellence
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

UC Irvine is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all persons who participate in university programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. Such behavior is prohibited by law and university policy. The university will respond promptly and effectively to reports of discrimination and harassment, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates university policy.

STUDENT-RELATED MATTERS
The University of California, in accordance with the applicable Federal and State law and university policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. The university also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in university programs and activities.

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
The University of California prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the university on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. The university also prohibits sexual harassment, which is a form of sex discrimination.
Website URL: http://catalogue.uci.edu/appendix/#nondiscriminationpolicy

See also, website URL: http://www.oeod.uci.edu/policies/discrimination.php


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

INFORMAL RESOLUTION
The goal of informal resolution is to resolve concerns at the earliest stage possible. Informal resolution is appropriate where the parties desire to resolve the situation cooperatively and/or otherwise negotiate a satisfactory outcome without initiating a formal investigation. Means for informal resolution are flexible and encompass a full range of possible appropriate outcomes. Such options include discussion with the parties, mediating an agreement between the parties, separating the parties, referring the parties to counseling programs, negotiating an agreement for disciplinary action, conducting targeted education and training programs, and remedies for the individual harmed by the harassment.

FORMAL RESOLUTION
The formal resolution process generally involves a written complaint of discrimination and a fact-finding investigation that results in a report of findings as to whether the nondiscrimination policy has been violated.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
Both resolution options, including Formal Complaint procedures, are available online at UCI Guidelines for Discrimination Complaint Resolution.
Website URL: http://www.policies.uci.edu/policies/procs/700-18.html

EXAMPLES OF ACTIONS
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) Annual Report 16-17
Formal Case Sanctions: 1 Expulsion; 1 Termination; 12 Suspension; 12 Disciplinary Probation; 1 Letter of Warning; 1 Policy/Procedure Change; 9 Supporting Documents & Follow‐up Meeting; 3 Continuation of No Contact Order.
Website URL: http://www.oeod.uci.edu/report/OEOD_YER_2016-17.pdf


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

STUDENTS
Center for Educational Partnerships
The UCI Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP) creates collaborations that support preparation for and success in higher education. CFEP’s focus is on equity and access for all students in order to achieve the University of California’s goal of academic excellence. CFEP programs span K-12 professional development, K-12 student programs, transfer preparation programs, and undergraduate programs.
Website URL: http://www.cfep.uci.edu

Office of Access & Inclusion
The Office of Access and Inclusion supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation of undergraduate and graduate students from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in engineering and information and computer sciences. Website URL: http://tech.uci.edu/access/index.php

The Minority Science Programs
The Minority Science Programs (MSP) is an orchestrated effort by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the UCI School of Biological Sciences to increase the number of US underrepresented groups in biomedical research careers.
Website URL: http://port.bio.uci.edu/about/

STAFF
Diversity Affinity Groups
These groups foster cross-departmental social interaction, professional networking, cultural competencies, recruiting and mentoring. Diversity affinity groups also offer the UCI community at large an opportunity to consult with group members as an information resource.
Website URL: http://www.oeod.uci.edu/resources/affinity.php

FACULTY
UCI ADVANCE Program
This program carries out the campus's commitment to gender equity and diversity among faculty through a team of equity advisors who monitor recruitment activities, coordinate advising for career advancement, and counsel faculty regarding equity, including salary. Website URL: http://inclusion.uci.edu/advance/


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

STUDENTS
Center for Educational Partnerships
The UCI Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP) creates collaborations that support preparation for and success in higher education. CFEP’s focus is on equity and access for all students in order to achieve the University of California’s goal of academic excellence. CFEP programs span K-12 professional development, K-12 student programs, transfer preparation programs, and undergraduate programs.
Website URL: http://www.cfep.uci.edu

Student Success Initiatives
Student Success Initiatives (SSI) aim to provide students the personal, academic, and professional support and development to thrive and succeed at UCI and beyond. SSI is a learning community that empowers students to be productive and engaged in their academic careers and personal endeavors. SSI is dedicated to serving and assisting with the transitions of low-income students, first-generation students, undocumented students, former foster youth, transfer students, adult-learners, students with dependents, and students with disabilities.
Website URL: http://ssi.uci.edu

Office of Access & Inclusion
The Office of Access and Inclusion supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation of undergraduate and graduate students from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in engineering and information and computer sciences. Website URL: http://tech.uci.edu/access/index.php

This Is What a Scientist/Engineer Looks Like
This series presents narratives about the individual professional paths taken to STEM from undergraduate, postdoctoral, faculty and industry speakers – of particular interest to women and students of color who want to chart similar success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.
Website URL: http://inclusion.uci.edu/event/stem-scientist-looks-like-feb-28/

The Minority Science Programs
The Minority Science Programs (MSP) is an orchestrated effort by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the UCI School of Biological Sciences to increase the number of US underrepresented groups in biomedical research careers.
Website URL: http://port.bio.uci.edu/about/

Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience: Partnering in Leadership for Undergraduate Students (DECADE PLUS) Program
The goals of the DECADE PLUS program are to 1) increase retention of incoming Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars through mentoring with a focus on academics from graduate leadership coaches and undergraduate peer mentors, and 2) provide a robust professional development experience that actively enhances the mentoring skill set of our graduate population. The DECADE PLUS program aims to ensure scholars’ success in their continued eligibility for scholarship renewal and pursuit of an undergraduate degree while also enhancing the professional skill set of our graduate students.
Website URL: https://www.grad.uci.edu/about-us/diversity/decade/decade-plus.php

Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Program
DECADE aims to increase the number of minorities and women underrepresented in their disciplines receiving doctoral degrees at UCI.
Website URL: https://www.grad.uci.edu/about-us/diversity/decade/

STAFF
Diversity Affinity Groups
These groups foster cross-departmental social interaction, professional networking, cultural competencies, recruiting and mentoring. Diversity affinity groups also offer the UCI community at large an opportunity to consult with group members as an information resource.
Website URL: http://www.oeod.uci.edu/resources/affinity.php

FACULTY
UCI ADVANCE Program
This program carries out the campus's commitment to gender equity and diversity among faculty through a team of equity advisors who monitor recruitment activities, coordinate advising for career advancement, and counsel faculty regarding equity, including salary. Website URL: http://inclusion.uci.edu/advance/

Institute for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
By bringing together key stakeholders from academic schools and student affairs to review goals, metrics, and strategies for inclusive excellence, the institute program is designed to improve coordination, communication and collaboration, in order to enhance student success in all of our academic programs.
Website URL: http://inclusion.uci.edu/institute/

Academy for Inclusive Excellence
The academy program is built around UCI’s signature peer-to-peer model of faculty engagement for inclusive excellence across all fields and disciplines. Breakout sessions are organized around the specific roles of ADVANCE Equity Advisors and the DECADE Graduate Program Mentors. Topics include faculty recruitment and retention, as well as graduate student admissions and degree completion. In equipping faculty to lead through inclusive excellence, these sessions will be informed by critical components of institutional accountability, namely goals, metrics and strategies.
Website URL: http://inclusion.uci.edu/academy/


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.
Website URL: http://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/

UCI Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The UCI Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to qualified scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. These contributions may include public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education for women and minorities, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Participants in the Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are eligible for the University of California Hiring Incentive.
Website URL: http://inclusion.uci.edu/advance/funding-programs/capfp/

UCI Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law and Society
UC Irvine supports a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law & Society. This Postdoctoral Fellow is selected from the pool of applicants who identified mentors in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at UC Irvine and submitted their applications to the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
Website URL: https://cls.soceco.uci.edu/pages/UCI-Chancellors-Postoc-Fellowship-CLS


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

Joseph Morales, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships in the Office of Inclusive Excellence, assisted in providing information for this credit.

There are multiple Websites referenced within this credit. Each provides information in support of UCI's response.

The Website URL showing gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus: https://lgbtrc.uci.edu/campus-support-tab/gender-inclusive-restrooms.php

The Website URL showing housing options for LGBT students:
https://lgbtrc.uci.edu/campus-support-tab/housing.php

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.