DIRHA seminars are led by and in collaboration with UCI faculty, staff, and community organizations based on set themes of Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Healing. Seminars take place select Thursdays from 3:00–5:00 PM at UCI (a total of 13 seminars). Most seminars will be held via Zoom. Each school’s cohort will join the meeting together from their site. Field trips will be in-person and there may be one or two in-person meetings, depending on UCI COVID policy.

*Please stay tuned for updates regarding the 2021-2022 DIRHA Program Schedule.

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Race & Racism
  • Religious Diversity
  • Immigration
  • Native American Culture
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Ability
  • Racial Healing
  • Projects Methods



UCI undergraduate students are paired with each school to mentor during seminars and assist with projects. All mentors have had UCI diversity training or participated in diversity programs.

Current Mentors 2020-2021

Nora Rajab Beik | Fountain Valley High School
Elizabeth Anuhea Hafen | San Juan Hills High School
Sage Cassidy Davis | Costa Mesa and Valley Vista High School
Alexis Rodriguez |  University High School
Michelle Thomas | Capo Valley High School
Catthi Ly | Ocean View High School
Yara Boroquez | Edison High School
Flor Tampan  | Garden Grove and Westminster High School
Dorilyn Toledo | Huntington Beach High School
Noah Lumpkin-Nevarez | San Clemente High School

Sauntharya Manikandan | Dana Hills High School

Past Mentors

Jagreet Dhaliwal

Katrya Ly

Roy Ho

Ta'Myrah Hudson

Cindy Garcia

Valerie Orozco

Natali Berrios

Sharen Monica



Field Trips

Students are also provided with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge through field trips to sites of historic and contemporary importance. Students link classroom learning to the local context and experience networking opportunities. Past field trips include tours of Old Towne Orange and Heritage Museum in Orange County, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Hollenbeck Community Police Station in Los Angeles.

Orange County
Theme: Local History of Segregation, U.S. Policy & Supreme Court Cases
Tour of Old Towne Orange “Mendez Museum Tour Without Walls”
Viewing & Discussion of Mendez v. Westminster documentary Hosted by documentary film producer, Sandra Robbie

Los Angeles
Theme: Gentrification, Police & Community, Mexican American Los Angeles History
Tour of La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Tour of Hollenbeck Community Police Station
Conversation with police officers
Community Panel: discussion with local leaders of nonprofit organizations

Community Projects
Designed and implemented by high school students on their campus based on the needs of their school to create a more inclusive environment. This is the capstone of the DIRHA program, where students apply their knowledge in their community.


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