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Building a Respectful and Inclusive Culture

​​​​​​​​​Providing Tools to Build a Culture of Trust and Respect in Health Sciences


Piloted in 2020, the Building a Respectful, Inclusive Culture (BRIC) program helps faculty build a teaching and training environment that is free of harassment and discrimination to allow learners and trainees to thrive, which is a critical mission of the Health Sciences at UC San Diego.




Faculty Testimonials from the 2023-24 BRIC Course

"Of all the types of courses I have done, the breakout sessions as part of BRIC have been the most thoughtful and had the most active participation; a testament to the leadership and set up of the course.”

“This is a great course, so much rich material to support thinking and doing as leaders. Thank you very much for offering it!”

“I have attended various workshop/classes on DEI during my career from UCSD and other organizations. This has been by far the best so far."

The curriculum provides ​faculty mentors and researchers with the tools they need to build a culture of trust and respect directly into the work units they manage. Offered in short digestible blocks of time with synchronous and asynchronous learning, the BRIC program consists of 3 modules:

  • Module 1: Developing Ourselves and Empowering Others

  • Module 2: Foundations of Respectful Workplace Communication and Managing Conflict

  • Module 3: Building and Leading Effective Teams in the Workplace

Each live session will be preceded by self-directed work on concepts so that group sessions can emphasize experiential learning.


Through core didactics, discussions of relevant case studies, and facilitated breakout discussions, the three-module series will explore six domains deemed essential in the toolbox of faculty engaged in building safe and healthy academic environments, including:

  • Self-awareness

  • Self-management

  • Empathy

  • Collaborative communication

  • Managing conflict

  • Teamwork

This program is supported by an NIH grant (PIs: Dr. JoAnn Trejo and Dr. Vivian Reznik) in collaboration with Dr. Chris Searles, Director of Behavioral Programs and Professional Development of Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program.

Registration for the 2024-25 BRIC Program is Now Open!

Participants must register for either the Fall or Spring course and attend one session for each module (three, 90-minute sessions in total).

Fall BRIC Course

The Fall 2024 BRIC course consists of three modules that will run from September to November 2024.

Register for Fall BRIC

Spring BRIC Course

The Spring 2025 BRIC course consists of three modules that will run from February to April 2025.

Register for Spring BRIC