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Feb. 17 - Umoja at UCI; African American healthcare perceptions

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A cherry blossom tree blooms near Humanities Hall and the Anteater Learning Pavilion

A cherry blossom tree blooms near Humanities Hall and the Anteater Learning Pavilion. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Wiley Wilson (left) and Summer Moses

Wiley Wilson (left) is the pilot program coordinator and academic achievement counselor for Umoja at UCI; Summer Moss is the resident advisor of the Umoja house in the on-campus housing community Arroyo Vista. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Umoja at UCI offers Black transfer students support, resources and family

Named after the Kiswahili word for “unity,” Umoja is a program that spans across 70 community colleges and four-year universities in support of Black excellence in the transfer community. At UCI, it exists in two parts; the pilot program and the Umoja club. Hosted in the Transfer Student Center, it offers Black transfer students an array of resources from academic advising and mentorship to scholarships and dedicated housing. It is the first Umoja program in the UC system that is retention-based, dedicated to seeing their members who have entered UCI succeed to and past graduation.

No UCI Digest on Monday

Because of the Presidents’ Day holiday, there will be no UCI Digest on Monday. Have a safe weekend, and we’ll see you Tuesday.


Health equity survey shows differences in perceptions among Californians

According to a new report by the California Health Care Foundation cited in today’s Los Angeles Times, more than half of Black Californians said there was a time in the last few years when they thought they would have received better healthcare if they had belonged to a different racial or ethnic group. By comparison, just 27% of Latinos, 12% of Asian people and 4% of white people responded the same way. The report summarized results from a survey that asked more than 1,700 Californians about their views on health equity, health costs, health access, housing, their experience in the health system and more.

Why is affirmative action in peril? One man’s decision

The New York Times takes a detailed, fascinating look back at how a 1978 Supreme Court case preserving affirmative action at UC Davis may also have set the stage for its demise today. Archibald Cox, a Harvard law professor who had served in JFK’s administration and as Watergate special prosecutor, defended affirmative action before the court. Cox worked on his arguments for months “in an office hidden away on one of the upper levels of the Harvard law library. Each day, his secretary brought him a pot of tea and two Pepperidge Farm cookies on a porcelain dish,” the paper writes.


Mental Health Resource Fair
Tuesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

PSAC Community Roundtable (Hybrid Event)
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Public Safety Advisory Committee)

Daybreak Dialogues: Minding Your Mental Health
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. (sponsored by School of Social Ecology)

Samuel Ting, Nobel Laureate of Physics - An Asian/American Journey
Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative

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Understanding Sundowning: Symptoms, Causes and Coping Strategies

U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 16
Cited: Dr. Lisa Gibbs, chief of the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology and the Ronald Reagan Chair in Geriatric Medicine

If Your Attention Span Is Burnt Out, a Leading Scientist’s Simple Fix Will Come as Relief

The Healthy, Feb. 16
Cited: Gloria Mark, psychologist and the Chancellor’s Professor of informatics

What are social structural explanations?

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE Impact Blog), Feb. 17
Cited: Lauren N. Ross, associate professor of logic and philosophy of science


City of Irvine tweets about UCI Men's Basketball game this Saturday, Feb. 18

@City_of_Irvine tweets: The Super Bowl is over, but we still have another exciting game to look forward to! Join us in cheering on @UCImbb at City of Irvine Day this Saturday, Feb. 18, as the team takes on UC Davis at 1 p.m. at the Bren Events Center.

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