Commitment to the UCI Black Thriving Initiative

The UCI Black Thriving Initiative recognizes and responds to anti-Blackness as an existential threat to our mission as a public research university. In depriving Black people of their full participation in society and in university life, anti-Blackness compromises UCI’s capacity to educate, discover, create and heal. It therefore demands a whole university response. This response relies on each member of our campus community linking their future to the success of Black students, faculty and staff as well as alumni and communities served by UCI.

Black in Physical Sciences

The UCI School of Physical Sciences is committed to combating injustices through long-term commitments and creating an environment where Black students, staff and faculty can thrive. In upholding the campus’ commitment to the UCI Black Thriving Initiative, Black in Physical Sciences events were developed starting in 2020. These bi-monthly events offer the Black community in the department of chemistry, Earth System Science, mathematics and physics & astronomy the opportunity to connect with other Black individuals in an informal setting, meet colleagues in their field and exchange resources and ideas. Meetings typically take place on the first Wednesday of every other month at 5 pm. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Access, Outreach and Inclusion at aoi@ps.uci.edu.

Black in Physical Sciences Mentoring Program

The Black in Physical Sciences Mentoring Program is an initiative that intends to connect current Physical Sciences undergraduate and graduate students with alumni. By supporting students on their personal and professional journeys, our intention is that this mentoring program will contribute to the sustainability and promotion of a thriving community of Black students and alumni at UCI. The organization of this program will be overseen by the Office of Access, Outreach and Inclusion (aoi@ps.uci.edu). Spring 2022 - spring 2023 will serve as a pilot for this program.

Celebrating Black in Physical Sciences Colloquium Series

In spring 2022, the Office of Access, Outreach and Inclusion will launch the “Celebrating Black in Physical Sciences” Colloquia Series where prominent Black physical scientists and mathematicians will be invited to give a colloquium on their work. We plan to feature speakers in each of the four department areas (Chemistry, Earth System Science, Math, Physics & Astronomy. Speakers will be provided an honorarium for sharing their expertise with the UCI community.