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.

Feb. 28 - Unsilencing Black history; Santa Ana pollution research

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Two birds take off from the UCI San Joaquin Marsh Reserve during a Wednesday Wellness Walk sponsored by the Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion. Photo by Doug Everhart/UCI

Two birds take off from the UCI San Joaquin Marsh Reserve during a Wednesday Wellness Walk sponsored by the Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion. Photo by Doug Everhart/UCI


Unsilencing Black history

Unsilencing Black history

One of the hallmarks of the School of Humanities is its faculty expertise on the vast history of people of African descent. Professors research and teach courses on Haitian history, Black Muslim communities and slave rebellions – and they organize lecture series on early and modern African American art, music, film, literature and more.

COVID reminders

With California’s COVID-19 state of emergency ending today, employees and students are reminded to continue to report their COVID-19 cases to Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services, which continues to investigate and contact trace cases. Free face coverings and antigen tests continue to be available on campus. Please note that the end of the emergency does not mean the end of COVID-19, so individuals should continue to gauge their risk and take steps to protect themselves and their communities by staying up to date with vaccinations and boosters, staying home if sick, testing, washing hands, and wearing masks when appropriate.

UCI researchers help Santa Ana address environmental injustice

Researchers from UCI's EcoGovLab and AirUCI and others convened to begin building greater understanding of the work that different stakeholders – including government agencies – can do, independently and collaboratively, to address Santa Ana’s pollution burden.

Alumnus gives back

Kamasi Kendrick ’22 is a math teacher showing students from underrepresented groups that they too can be in STEM.


How California became a food and wine lover's dream

In the late 1800s, UC soil scientists led the foundational research that showed farmers how to remove salts from the alkali soils of the Central Valley, transforming barren land into one of the world’s most productive farming regions. UC researchers also helped establish California’s wine industry, then brought it back from the brink after Prohibition nearly destroyed it.


Advance Directives
Thursday, noon (sponsored by UCI Health)

Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art
Thursday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

A People’s Guide to Archives & Ethnic Studies
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

TEDxUCIrvine Salon Event: Bridging Generational Differences
Thursday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by TEDx UCIrvine)

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.

Forget the Selfie. Think About Safety in the Backcountry.

The New York Times, Feb. 28 
Cited: Isabel Algaze, assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine 

COVID disparities grow as California ends state of emergency

CalMatters, Feb. 28 
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean, Program in Public Health 

Health Benefits Of Cannabis

Forbes, Feb. 27 
Cited: Daniele Piomelli, director, Center for the Study of Cannabis  


Anteater Express features UCI shining stars

Appearing on the sides of Anteater Express buses are images of this year’s group of UCI’s shining stars. These 10 exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni (some of whom will be featuring this week) are dedicated to enhancing lives in our community, either through their teaching, cutting-edge research or public service. Be on the lookout for these stellar Anteaters driving around campus. #UCIPride

Erin Joy Araneta ’22 is a School of Physical Sciences alumna. Photo by Max Vidal/UCI

Erin Joy Araneta ’22 is a School of Physical Sciences alumna. Photo by Max Vidal/UCI

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


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Daily COVID-19 Symptom check

By coming to campus each day, students and employees are attesting they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and are not COVID-19 positive. If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19 or recently tested positive, do not come to campus, or if you currently live on campus stay in your residence, and follow instructions for reporting your case or assessing symptoms on the UCI Forward page. Close contacts to a COVID-19 case are not required to stay home or quarantine, but should follow guidance for close contact instructions for masking and testing on the UCI Forward page.

Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates – important information related to UCI Health

UCI Coronavirus Response Center – available at covid19@uci.edu or 949-824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services – assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads or to report a case, available at contacttracing@uci.edu or 949-824-2300

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.