Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.59
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Irvine
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Douglas Haynes
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusive Excellence
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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 and these Guidelines.

The University prohibits discrimination or harassment against students, persons employed; seeking employment; or applying for or engaged in a paid or unpaid internship or training program leading to employment, or individuals accessing or participating in University programs or activities on the following Protected Bases: race, color, national origin, religion, sex*, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, 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, including protected veterans.

Conduct by an employee that is discrimination or harassment on a Protected Basis in violation of University policy and these Guidelines is considered to be outside the course and scope of employment.

In addition, it is the policy of the University to undertake affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a Federal contractor, for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

* Sex-based conduct may also be reviewed under the UCI Guidelines on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. On August 14, 2020, the University of California implemented the Interim UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy (“Interim SVSH Policy”) and corresponding adjudication frameworks in response to the Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”). UCI implements the Interim SVSH Policy in conjunction with the UCI Guidelines on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, in the assessment, investigation, and adjudication of sex-based complaints, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. Reports of sex-based discrimination will be assessed by OEOD using the Guidelines below, the UCI Guidelines on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, and Interim SVSH Policy. The Guidelines below should be read alongside the Interim SVSH Policy and OEOD’s webpage on the DOE Title IX Compliance, for comprehensive information regarding rights, options, and procedures for investigation and adjudication. Please see OEOD’s webpage on DOE Title IX Compliance for more information on how the federal regulations affect sex-based complaints and answers to frequently asked questions. Questions can be directed to the Title IX Officer at oeod@uci.edu.

https://www.policies.uci.edu/policies/procs/700-18.php#sectiona

Additional Resources:

UCI has nondiscrimination policies for both employment and student-related matters. The policies apply throughout the University of California system, and are provided below for your reference.

- UC Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
- UC Nondiscrimination Policy Statement Regarding Student-Related Matters: https://aisc.uci.edu/policies/pacaos/appendix_c.php
- The Faculty Code of Conduct (Academic Personnel Manual Section 015): https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/academic-personnel-policy/policy-issuances-and-guidelines/apm-015.html
- General University Policy Regarding Academic Appointment, Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Policy (Academic Personnel Manual, Section 035): https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

The UCI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity website outlines a comprehensive set of resources to support those who have experienced or witnessed discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence: http://www.oeod.uci.edu/harassment_guide/report.php

See the UCI Division of Equal Opportunity & Compliance Annual Report 2019-20: http://www.oeod.uci.edu/report/OEOD-YER_2019-20.pdf

In addition, individuals can report behavior inconsistent with the UC Principles of Community: https://ucsystems.ethicspointvp.com/custom/ucs_ccc/default.asp

Additional resources:

UCI Campus Assault Resources & Education (CARE) provides free and confidential support services to members of the UCI community impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence, and/or stalking. UCI CARE aims to end these forms of power-based personal violence by engaging the campus community in education, programming, and transformative action: https://care.uci.edu/about/about.html

UCI Faculty/Staff Support Services supports faculty and staff who have brought or may desire to bring forth complaints of alleged conduct that violates the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment ("Complainant"). The Coordinator will assist faculty and staff Complainants in navigating the personal, professional and disciplinary impacts of experiencing the alleged misconduct, as well as help them understand their rights and the reporting process: https://www.whcs.uci.edu/faculty-staff-support-services/complainant-support-overview

UCI Cross-Cultural Center provides a space for students to imagine and inspire an equitable, socially just campus, to affirm and develop intersectional, cultural identities, and to build a more inclusive community: https://ccc.uci.edu/

UCI Counseling Center aims to elevate the student experience and create pathways to success through a wide range of multiculturally based clinical, outreach, prevention, and training services: https://counseling.uci.edu/staff/mission-value.html


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

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

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

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

STUDENTS

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: http://www.cfep.uci.edu The UCI Stacey Nicholas Office of Access and Inclusion is a joint office between The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences created in 2014 to recruit, retain, and graduate talented students from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in Engineering and ICS: https://oai.tech.uci.edu/

The UCI Outreach, Research Training and Minority Science Programs is an orchestrated effort by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the School to increase the number of US underrepresented groups in biomedical research careers. MSP participants benefit from early exposure, continuous research training and faculty mentoring. Support is also provided through paid summer and year-round research internships, access to the latest computer technology, tutoring, academic advising, scientific writing and participation at national conferences. Furthermore, MSP has established a campus wide, regional and national network of committed faculty and resource programs to facilitate the transition from high school through community college, baccalaureate and master’s degrees to Ph.D. careers in biomedical research.MSP also develops relationships with community colleges and K-12 schools and other institutions of higher education, to prepare prospective students for the educational opportunities offered by the School: https://port.bio.uci.edu/

STAFF AND FACULTY

The UCI Diversity Affinity 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: https://www.oeod.uci.edu/resources/affinity.php

FACULTY

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: https://inclusion.uci.edu/advance/funding-programs/capfp/

UCI Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law and Society offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to qualified scholars in the field whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity. 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: https://cls.soceco.uci.edu/pages/UCI-Chancellors-Postoc-Fellowship-CLS

The UCI ADVANCE Program for Faculty Equity and Diversity promotes an inclusive culture for faculty and graduate student excellence. A dedicated team of faculty Equity Advisors and graduate program DECADE mentors carry out this mission in the general campus schools. This distinctive model of peer to peer collaboration is designed to advance excellence through an intentional commitment to equity and diversity in three areas critical for the success of current faculty and professoriate of the future. These are: recruitment and admissions, advancement and degree completion, and an affirmative climate for all faculty and graduate students: https://inclusion.uci.edu/advance/about-us/

The UCI Black Lives Matter Faculty Cluster Hiring Program will allocate 10 positions across the campus for proposals that advance the understanding of the Black experience and the drivers of well-being for the Black community. Beginning in academic year 2020-21, at least three FTE will be allocated on a competitive basis each year for a period of three to five years for a total of 10 FTE. Each new hire will receive a $50,000 supplement annually for three years to advance the theme of the hiring program. Leveraging school-based priorities, this program is designed to recruit early- and mid-career scholars with research or creative programs that focus on understanding anti-Blackness and its varied manifestations in human activity and expression; or public policy solutions to structural racism in criminal justice, education, environment, health and wellness, urban planning and policy, or broadening participation in science and technology, business, and innovation: https://inclusion.uci.edu/2020/08/13/black-lives-matter-faculty-cluster-hiring-program/


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

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

ALL STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY

The Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program introduce participants to UCI’s transformation into a Minority Serving Institution. Participants explore UCI’s status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). In addition, participants explore UCI’s initiatives focused on Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ+, African American, Black, and undocumented campus communities: https://inclusion.uci.edu/inclusive-excellence-certificate-program/

The Modules for Confronting Anti-Blackness course sequence examines anti-Black racism while advancing UCI’s commitment to inclusive excellence: https://inclusion.uci.edu/inclusive-excellence-certificate-program/modules/

STUDENTS

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: http://www.cfep.uci.edu

Student Success Initiatives
The UCI 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: https://campusgroups.uci.edu/ssi/home/

The UCI Stacey Nicholas Office of Access and Inclusion is a joint office between The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences created in 2014 to recruit, retain, and graduate talented students from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in Engineering and ICS: https://oai.tech.uci.edu/

This Is What a Scientist/Engineer Looks Like 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: https://inclusion.uci.edu/scientistengineer-looks-like/

The UCI Outreach, Research Training and Minority Science Programs is an orchestrated effort by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the School to increase the number of US underrepresented groups in biomedical research careers. MSP participants benefit from early exposure, continuous research training and faculty mentoring. Support is also provided through paid summer and year-round research internships, access to the latest computer technology, tutoring, academic advising, scientific writing and participation at national conferences. Furthermore, MSP has established a campus wide, regional and national network of committed faculty and resource programs to facilitate the transition from high school through community college, baccalaureate and master’s degrees to Ph.D. careers in biomedical research.MSP also develops relationships with community colleges and K-12 schools and other institutions of higher education, to prepare prospective students for the educational opportunities offered by the School: https://port.bio.uci.edu/

The UCI DREAM Project Fellowship is a fellowship that provides academic and experiential learning, professional development, financial opportunities, and networking to undergraduate and graduate students regardless of immigration status. Fellows are paired up with a project mentor and work on a mutually beneficial career and leadership development collaboration: https://dream.uci.edu/dpf/

The UCI CalTeach – a program funded by an HSI Title V Part A grant – is a blended undergraduate program that offers STEM students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and a California teaching credential in just four years! Students in the following disciplines: Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Earth System Science are eligible to apply for the program: https://calteach.uci.edu/

The UCI Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience: Partnering in Leadership for Undergraduate Students (DECADE PLUS) Program – funded by an AANAPISI Title III Part F grant – 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: https://grad.uci.edu/about-us/diversity/decade/decade-plus.php

The UCI Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Program aims to increase the number of minorities and women underrepresented in their disciplines receiving doctoral degrees at UCI: https://inclusion.uci.edu/decade/about/

STAFF

The UCI Diversity Affinity 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: https://www.oeod.uci.edu/resources/affinity.php

FACULTY

The UCI ADVANCE Program for Faculty Equity and Diversity promotes an inclusive culture for faculty and graduate student excellence. A dedicated team of faculty Equity Advisors and graduate program DECADE mentors carry out this mission in the general campus schools. This distinctive model of peer to peer collaboration is designed to advance excellence through an intentional commitment to equity and diversity in three areas critical for the success of current faculty and professoriate of the future. These are: recruitment and admissions, advancement and degree completion, and an affirmative climate for all faculty and graduate students: https://inclusion.uci.edu/advance/about-us/

The UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence Institute for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion brings 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: http://inclusion.uci.edu/institute/

The UCI Academy for Inclusive Excellence 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: 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:

The UC 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: https://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/

The UC-HBCU Initiative seeks to improve diversity and strengthen UC graduate programs by investing in relationships between UC faculty and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): https://inclusion.uci.edu/uc-hbcu/

The UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Diversity Development Initiative aims to enhance faculty diversity and pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented students from California Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs): https://inclusion.uci.edu/2019/10/03/university-of-california-hispanic-serving-institutions-doctoral-diversity-initiative-uc-hsi-ddi/

The UCI Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean (LEAD-ABC) program is a UCI School of Medicine mission-based program 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: https://www.meded.uci.edu/curricular-affairs/lead-abc.asp

The UCI Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) is a five-year MD/Master’s program that is committed to training physicians to meet the needs of under-resourced Latino communities: http://www.meded.uci.edu/curricular-affairs/prime-lc.asp


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

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Joseph Morales, Ph.D., Associate 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

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