UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Oct. 4 - Brilliant Future raises $1.3 billion, the importance of kindness

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A tour group gets a lesson on how to Zot! at the Infinity Fountain. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

A tour group gets a lesson on how to Zot! at the Infinity Fountain. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Alumna, foundation trustee and Brilliant Future campaign committee member Carol Choi ‘85 shares her story in the above video.

Alumna, foundation trustee and Brilliant Future campaign committee member Carol Choi '85 shares her story in the above video.

2022 Brilliant Future annual report highlights campaign progress, impact

Publicly launched in October 2019, Brilliant Future: The Campaign for UCI has raised $1.3 billion and meaningfully engaged over 50,000 alumni. Read the 2022 Brilliant Future annual report to discover all the ways the campaign is making a difference at UCI and beyond.

#Dennininsights: The importance of kindness

In Vice Provost Michael Dennin’s first post of fall 2022, he discusses the importance of extending kindness to all UCI students, faculty and staff as we start this new academic year.

Get ready for Open Enrollment

Save the date: 2023 UC Open Enrollment runs Oct. 27 through Nov. 18, with the Accolade Health Care Advocate for CORE, UC Care and UC Health Savings Plan members starting in January. The virtual benefits counselor, ALEX, is returning to help you make the best choices for your needs. More information will be available from Human Resources in coming weeks.


UC extends Emergency Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

The Office of the President announced an extension of the 2022 COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave program. The program is now effective through Dec. 31, 2022, and provides up to 80 hours of 2022 Emergency Paid Sick Leave for full-time employees and a prorated amount for part-time employees. Additionally, employees who did not utilize the entirety of the 80 hours of available EPSL in 2021 may use any remaining 2021 hours through Dec. 31, 2022.

CDC suspends country-specific COVID-19 travel advisories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will no longer maintain a country-by-country list of travel advisories related to COVID-19. Starting Oct. 3, a notice will only be posted for a country if there is a concerning COVID-19 variant or other situation that would change the CDC's travel recommendations.


Alaska Airlines Town Hall
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by UC Travel)
* An incorrect link was included for this event in yesterday’s UCI Digest.

Advances in Translational Science Contributing to Progress in Research Examining Vulnerabilities in Young Drivers
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the School of Medicine)

Women in Law Enforcement Panel
Thursday, 4:30 p.m. (sponsored by Office of Civic Engagement)

Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Iranian protesters are part of a worldwide fight for women’s rights

The Guardian, Sept. 30 (opinion)
Author: Roxanne Varzi, professor of anthropology

The New Middle Age: What Is Middle Age and Does It Really Mean What We Think?

Prevention, Sept. 30
Cited: Sonia Sehgal, clinical professor of medicine

What Is Biphasic Sleep and Is It Healthy for Humans?

Good Housekeeping, Oct. 2
Cited: Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science


Veronica Gonzalez

Criminology, law & society doctoral student Veronica Valencia Gonzalez is conducting research in Mexico for her dissertation, and she was honored by the American Society of Criminology for her work with Latina immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence.

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