(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
7/17/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Graduate Students and Post-Docs,
It’s Friday! You’ve all made it through another week, so make sure to give yourself credit for that. After all, the small victories deserve to be treated like large ones nowadays, because in reality the small victories are large ones. As always, please try to take a deep breath and take some time for yourself this weekend. Self care is more important than ever. I do have good news in that there aren’t too many new things to report in this message, so fear not, you won’t be reading long! However, I did want to share a few new positive developments with you as we head into the weekend. The first piece of good news coming once again on the DACA front, as a judge ordered the Trump administration to accept new DACA applications. More information on this to come next week!
International Students and Post-Docs
We continue to await guidance from the State Department regarding incoming students and newly hired post-docs. However, our campus employment and academic personnel staff are working hard on a set of processes that will allow us to meet our funding commitments. I am sorry that I can’t share any of that with true certainty yet, but please know that we are working on it. We take our commitments to you all very seriously, and I am confident that we can meet them.
Also, we know lines are long [virtual lines that is] for the International Center. They lost an entire week of productivity dealing with the F-1 ruling and overturning. They are working on it, and our office is working with them to try to improve turnaround times. Email continues to be the best way to get in touch with them, but before you email check their latest online guidance to be sure you still need a person to answer.
- Latest Policy Updates: https://ic.uci.edu/resource-pages/immigration-policy-updates.php
- COVID-specific updates: https://ic.uci.edu/resource-pages/COVID-19.php
- Drop-In sessions from 4-5PM on Tuesdays: https://uci.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vde6srj0jH9AHESjXWrwxnkOSUrqjbgtN
Hiring an Associate Dean for Graduate Division
I am pleased to share with you that this week we announced the internal search process for an Associate Dean for Graduate Division. Internal, for those of you who aren’t familiar with that meaning here, means the person will already be a full-time professor here at UCI not someone hired from outside. The AD will spend 50% of their time on Grad Division and 50% of their time on their normal job. This position will be particularly focused on issues of diversity, inclusion, and student success and well-being including:
- Developing and implementing a strategic vision for the wellness and success of all graduate students and post-doctoral scholars
- Enhancement, development, and assessment of
- Competitive Edge
- DECADE and DECADE Plus
- Other diversity and inclusion efforts
- Ensuring anti-racist pedagogy is integrated in all Graduate Division initiatives
One person cannot do all the work that needs to be done in this space alone, of course, but my hope is that by hiring a dedicated,inspirational, empathetic, and energetic leader into this role, we can truly take action across all of graduate and post-doctoral education on our campus.Our goal is to ensure that every student and post-doc, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or nationality, can be successful here at UCI and thrive!
For the Parents
If you are like me, you have been stressing for the last 48 hours since Irvine Unified announced we must choose school options by Sunday at midnight. Or you are stressing because your school district did something else entirely. All parents are stressing! Governor Newsom made some announcements today related to K-12 as well: https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/07/17/newsom-mandates-virtual-instruction-in-most-california-counties-for-now-1301843
For full remarks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ILjvO2ESb4
In short, K-12 will not open until we see 14 days of reduced transmission. So, you can assume at least some of this fall will be online. UCI Childcare is working with the county to see when and how we can reasonably reopen. Additionally, human resources--who worked quickly to get childcare for essential workers and those teaching in the Spring--are working on other creative solutions. My prediction is that no solution is going to be great, but we can hope for one that alleviates some of the pain we parents are all experiencing while trying to work, learn, do research, and care for each other. I will keep you updated as I learn more.
Learn how to Apply for Fulbright Fellowship
I know the idea of going abroad right now feels impossible. Fulbright is still offering fellowships, however, so if you think you might want to go if and when it becomes possible, now is the time to work on your application.Want to learn a bit more about the Fulbright program and the application process? Click here for information about eligibility, different types of awards and the application requirements.
Also, make sure to check out our Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement workshops (information below). Participants will be required to bring a draft of each document to the session, so now is a great time to get started!
Fulbright: Statement of Grant Purpose Workshop
August 6, 2020
Fulbright: Personal Statement Workshop
August 13, 2020
Remember, the UCI internal deadline for Fulbright Applicants is September 7, 2020! Applications that are submitted after this deadline may still apply to the Fulbright program, but will not be eligible for an institutional endorsement of their application.
Course Design Certification Program Hosted by DTEI
Thursdays, August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th from 1-3 pm via Zoom
The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is proud to offer the Course Design Certification Program during Summer 2020. This certificate program covers the foundations of successful course design. Participants will practice ‘backwards, integrated course design’ by establishing goals for student learning and aligning assignments and assessments with these goals. Participants will leave this program with a certificate in course design, a draft syllabus for a course they may teach in the future, and strategies for teaching that course. To earn the certificate, full attendance and participation is required for all four days. If you're interested, please RSVP. To find out more about how this can count towards the Certificate in Teaching Excellence.
Graduate Alums Talk Spotlight Featuring Pasha Ameli, PhD and Exponent
Thursday, July 23 | 1 - 2 pm via Zoon
Mark your calendar as Graduate Division launches the Career Spotlight track of the UCI Graduate Alums Talk webinar series this month. The Career Spotlight track will take an in-depth look at the professions of members of our #UCIGradAlum community. Plus, learn about career opportunities - presented especially for the UCI graduate community by UCI graduate alumni!
Dr. Pasha Ameli will launch this track by briefly sharing his career trajectory and describing his current role at Exponent. He will also share general information about Exponent, as well as ongoing recruitment opportunities for advanced degree holders in a wide range of disciplines. Exponent recruits individuals with advanced degrees in over 90 disciplines.
Dean’s Office Hours
As always, come see us in Office Hours. I or someone from my Graduate Division staff will be here to answer questions, listen to you vent, or just chat. This week was a great one for office hours in that we had multiple students come with questions or problems that I was actually able to fix. Hooray! I am not always able to answer your questions or fix your problems, so I really celebrate when we can help.
See the upcoming schedule below.
Upcoming Dean’s Virtual Office Hours: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
- Monday, July 20th 12:00pm – 12:30pm
- Tuesday, July 21st 9:00am – 9:30am
- Wednesday, July 22nd 1:00pm – 1:30pm
- Thursday, July 23rd 9:00am – 9:30am
- Friday, July 24th 4:00pm – 4:30pm
On this day in 1955, Disneyland first opened in Anaheim, California. Love or hate Disney, there is no doubt that Disneyland’s presence has shaped Orange County in many ways over the last 65 years. You may not know it, but that first day was by all accounts a total disaster: seven miles of cars backed up, way too many people, rides that weren’t ready. Trying to operate a university, a research lab, a school, a family, or a business right now probably feels a lot like that first day at Disney. People at the time thought Disney--the brand, the company, and the man--might not fully recover from such a mess. The first few weeks were ripe with problems, but eventually the park did exactly what Walt Disney promised, they “settle[d] down and [got] this place operating.”
Like Walt Disney and Disneyland, you will also recover from this challenging time. I don’t know what any of our lives will look like next month or next year, but I know that together we can do this.
On behalf of all of Graduate Division,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division