Diversity & Awareness at UC Irvine

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On Thursday Oct. 31, 2013, a local television station aired a report about a UC Irvine employee who allegedly posted offensive material on a personal online account. 


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While conversations about identities, culture, race and social connections are not new, most college campuses today reflect shifting and new dynamics. The New Narratives series aims to move talk into action with yearlong interactive events and opportunities to promote healthy intergroup communications and collaboration.


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UCI Chancellor Michael Drake

You may have seen or heard about a video parody produced by members of a local fraternity chapter, which has been the focus of media attention today. I was shocked and dismayed by its offensive and bewildering insensitivity. Whether this represents a profound ignorance of history or a complete disregard for the feelings of others is not the point; in either case this behavior is reprehensible and precisely contrary to the values that we live by and the principles that guide us.


UC Irvine does not condone or support this behavior in any way; the video was produced independently. The fraternity has since issued an apology to fellow students; nevertheless, responsible parties will be held accountable for their actions.


I directed our Student Affairs team to launch an investigation, which has already included meetings with student groups and fraternity members, to determine next steps. I expect a report within days. Appropriate action will follow shortly.


This video, and the symbolism that it represents, is not what we stand for. Our values underscore respect and empathy. We are committed to diversity. Our academics and student programming reflect these ideals. We will use this regrettable incident to redouble campus education efforts about the toxic effects of insensitivity, and will continue to work toward building a truly inclusive community.


Chancellor Michael V. Drake, M.D.


Affirmation of Core Beliefs (pdf) »  5.13.2013

Chancellor honored by OC Human Relations for increasing diversity at UCI (pdf) »  4.29.2013



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Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.



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Events & Programs
Please join us and engage in the dialogue.


2014-15 New Narratives Events & Programs »


Past Events & Programs



December 2, 2014
Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity­ presents “Keeping it Queer: Campus Climate and Social Justice Matters"
A Presentation and Conversation with Jeanne Scheper, Assistant Professor, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department
12-1 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room


November 17, 2014
Conflicts in the Middle East: Navigating the Narratives
A New Narratives event
5-6:30 p.m.
UCI Newkirk Alumni Center


November 13, 2014
Policing & Race Matters
A New Narratives event
1-6 p.m.
UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom D


October 12, 2014
World Cafe at All-University Leadership Conference
A New Narratives event
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
UCI Student Center





April 16, 2014
Campus Conversations Series hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
A Presentation & Conversation with Howard Gillman, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
12-1 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room


April 10, 2014
Common Conversations
with Grammy Award-winning recording artist, author, actor and philanthropist Common
3:30 p.m.
Bren Events Center


February 26, 2014
Campus Conversations Series hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
A Presentation & Conversation with Nicole Hisatomi, Associated Students – UC Irvine President
12-1 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room


February 20,2014
The Al Meyerhoff Public Interest Lecture presented by Kenneth W. Mack
Remembering the Civil Rights Movement, Fifty Years On
4:30-5:30 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law


January & February 2014
31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium
Hosted by the Cross Cultural Center


January 30, 2014
Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture by Michael Eric Dyson
UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom
7 p.m.


January 29, 2014
Activism in Art: A Conversation with Playwright Jeff Stetson
Newkirk Alumni Center, Conference Room A
5-6:30 p.m.


January 14, 2014
Two Workshops with Derald Wing Sue
Student Center
Pacific Ballrooms C&D


December 4
Voice of a Veteran: Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life
A presentation & conversation with John Daly, assistant vice chancellor for Human Resources
Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. Joseph White Room
12-1 p.m.


November 14
Discussing the real Fruitvale Station with BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey
Cross-Cultural Center
Dr. Joseph White Room
2-3:30 p.m.


Examining culture and image in the film Fruitvale Station
HIB 100
7-9:30 p.m.


November 7
New Narratives:
Conversations on Race & Culture



New location:
Pacific Ballroom D
Student Center
5-7 p.m.



April 29
Winifred Smith Hall
5 p.m.

The Deconstruction Zone
Cross-Cultural Center
2-5 p.m.


April 29 - May 9
XIV Annual Latin American Film Festival
Humanities Gateway 1070
5-7:30 p.m.


April 30
Winifred Smith Hall
4 p.m.


May 1
The "N" Word
Cross-Cultural Center
12 p.m.

Open Office Hours with VC Parham
405 Aldrich Hall
1:30-3 p.m.


May 2
Mixed Race Modern: History, Archives, Performance
1030 Humanities Gateway
3 p.m.


May 3
Race-Making, Race-Neutrality, and Race-Consciousness
Student Center
10-3 p.m.

Miss Representation Panel Discussion & Lunch
Cross-Cultural Center
12-2 p.m.


May 7
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race & Identity
Cross-Cultural Center
6 p.m.


May 8
What Matters to Me and Why
1030 Humanities Gateway
11:40 a.m.


Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?
Cross-Cultural Center
12-1 p.m.
Follow-up program: May 10


May 9
(Mis)Representation of Queer People of Color in the Media 
Cross-Cultural Center
6 p.m.


May 10
Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?
Follow-up program on specific instances at UCI

Cross-Cultural Center
12-1 p.m.


May 15
Open Office Hours with VC Parham
405 Aldrich Hall
12-1:30 p.m.


May 16
Campus Conversations Series:
Promoting Diversity throughout the Academic Career

1010 Humanities Gateway
12-1 p.m.


May 21
Open Office Hours with VC Parham
405 Aldrich Hall
1:30-3 p.m.


May 22
Las Cafeteras
Student Center Terrace
5:30 p.m.


May 30
Black American Gothic: Screening with Filmmakers
1070 Humanities Gateway
5 p.m.


June 3
Cross-Cultural Center End of the Year Celebration
Cross-Cultural Center
7 p.m.