The Ford Foundation has notified UC Irvine that it will receive a second-round grant for its Difficult Dialogues program. Overseen by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Manuel Gomez and his staff, Difficult Dialogues provides a forum for all sides of potentially divisive social issues to be discussed. The aim is to foster greater understanding and civility on campus and throughout the community. Only about half of first-round grantees win renewed funding, which is based on the success of the program.