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July 16 - UC vaccine policy, Future of Work webinars

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Anteater learning pavilion

Anteater Learning Pavilion. Photo by Ian Parker


UC issues final COVID-19 vaccination policy

The UC Office of the President issued its final policy regarding required COVID-19 vaccinations. This policy requires all UCI students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus for the fall term. More information is available in this campus message.

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HR announces Future of Work webinar series

To help you manage through the transition back to on-site work and a hybrid work environment, human resources are offering a series of webinars. The webinar series will be hosted by members of senior leadership from campus and UCI Health, and will feature expert panelists from UCI and our benefits providers. Webinars will conclude with a live Q&A session to ensure your questions and concerns are answered. All webinars will be recorded for those unable to attend.

West Peltason closure extended

Due to unforeseen obstacles, the West Peltason road closure will be extended through Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Please follow all signage and use alternate routes to access the west side of campus.

"How To" series - volunteers wanted

Can you teach a fun skill or a simple do-it-yourself project? Whether it's cooking, arts and crafts, home improvement, or a special talent, UCI Staff Assembly's Community Relations Committee would love to hear from you!


UCI Health’s Dr. José Mayorga speaks to ABC7 about the delta variant

Featured on Instagram, Dr. José Mayorga, executive director of #UCIHealth Family Health Centers, joins @abc7la to explain how the #COVID19vaccine protects against the #DeltaVariant.

UCI partners with Team Kids to build a national model of youth development

UCI’s Strategic Pillar 3 encourages community involvement at the local level. An example of this is the university’s partnership with Team Kids, which is preparing to roll out its successful youth programs nationwide. Team Kids is a nonprofit organization that believes “It’s all about the kids!” UCI and Team Kids are planning a national conference early next year to share how to mobilize students in service, mentorship and community engagement that will empower our youth.


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UC has received almost 100 awards from the National Institutes of Health to support projects responding to COVID-19 that range from lung disease to primate research.

The race to conquer COVID: a UC timeline from outbreak to vaccine

This is how the outbreak unfolded and how the University of California — and its vast health enterprise — played a role in the research, technology and patient care that is taking us from crisis to cure.

UC celebrates $15 million Mellon grant to support faculty diversity

The University of California announced the receipt of a $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP). This funding will help expand the number of PPFP fellowships at UC and establish a program for hiring faculty whose research and teaching emphasize diversity and equity in the humanities and humanities-inflected social sciences at the University’s six federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI). These include UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis.

LA County to reinstate masking indoors

Starting Saturday night, LA county residents will again be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of their vaccination status.

California releases COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools

CDPH released new COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, requiring all students to wear masks indoors and eliminating physical distancing requirements in classrooms.

Percent of state population fully vaccinated, by County*

Percent of population fully vaccinated

*Source image is interactive.
Source: Bay Area News Group utilizing data from CA Dept. of Health. County data used in graphic last updated 7/13/21.


All the World's a Stage, featuring Jos Repertory Theatre, Nigeria, (sponsored by New Swan Shakespeare Festival)
Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m.

Back-Up Family Care™ Program Overview Webinar, (sponsored by HR Wellness)
Tuesday, July 20 at 9 a.m.

Preparing for Back to School Webinar, (sponsored by HR Wellness)
Tuesday, July 20 at 9 a.m.

Coping with Uncertainty in a New Normal, (sponsored by human resources)
Tuesday, July 20 at 11 a.m.

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.

UC requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all; will bar unvaccinated students without approved exemptions

KTLA5, July 15 (Video)

Cited: David Souleles, COVID-19 response team director.

Unapologetically Fighting for Black Student Success // No. 3

Los Angeles Sentinel, July 15

Cited: Dr. Keith Curry (Ed.D. ’11)

Nearly 70% of OC's Eligible Population Vaccinated

Orange County Business Journal, July 15

Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the school of public health


peter eating breakfast

Peter is finishing breakfast at UCI Steele/Burnand Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs before BASIC Learning Academy class begins. Local students attend a 4 week class to improve reading, writing and math skills. This is BASIC's 5th summer and Peter has attended all! Submitted by Elaine Tulving.

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One new case on campus

One on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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.