Community Outreach Partnership Center
The Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) is an initiative to apply scholarly research to community needs. COPC leverages campus assets to equip non-profit organizations with research that increases their capacity to effectively assess needs, analyze issues, build community, and impact change. COPC projects are guided by a commitment to “civic engagement.” This model of applied scholarship is widely-embraced by research universities across the country and promotes collaborative approaches to problem-solving using applied research, training and instruction, and public outreach to help address issues and support actions which build and sustain healthy communities.
To learn more about COPC, please visit their website.
Criminology Outreach Program (COP)
The Criminology Outreach Program was established in 1999 to address the needs of under-served students in the community through an education on the legal system. The mission is to create higher education aspirations for junior high and high school students from neighboring districts that do not send a high proportion
of graduates to college. The program acquaints students with college course content and procedures to familiarize them with the issues of student life and intellectual pursuit, and to involve the students in the type of policy debates that occur in the field of criminology. The Criminology Outreach Program emphasizes four elements: critical thinking, writing, library research, and oral presentation skills. During 2007-2008, the program reached 1,314 students at 9 schools through 36 UCI mentors.
To learn more about COP, please visit their website.
Field Study Program
The Field Study Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to examine social problems, evaluate the merit of ideas presented in the classroom, and educate students in conducting naturalistic observations and investigations. Students have the opportunity to participate in the ongoing activites of an organization and develop interpersonal as well as technical competencies. Field Study also offers students the opportunity for data collection projects, theory-testing, and social interaction.
There are over 215 Field Study Partners participating in the program. The students have a major presence in the community with 4,500 days volunteered at non-profits, 4,959 days volunteered in the private sector, and 12,600 hours of service in the private sector.
To learn more about the Field Study Program, please visit their website.
Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI)
The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) aims to develop an improved understanding of communities and their potential for integrative and collaborative planning and action to ensure a bright future for the region.
With initial focus on Orange County and its location within the larger Southern California area, The Metropolitan Futures Initiative is a commitment to build communities that are economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and socially just by partnering Social Ecology’s world class, boundary-crossing scholarship with expertise throughout Southern California.
To learn more about the MFI, please visit their website.
Toward a Sustainable 21st Century
This conference series is an initiative of a foundation of global reach and a research university to do together more than they can do separately on significant unsolved problems of global society in the areas of marine resources conservation, and threats to ecosystem and environmental health caused by toxic chemicals and the absence of effective governance structures which promote sustainability. The broad goal is to contribute to sustainability on Earth through four general categories of presentations: Science and 21st Century Sustainability, Law and 21st Century Sustainability, Governance and 21st Century Sustainability, Special Topics in Sustainability. There have been eight programs in the series so far. The public is invited to attend.
To learn more about the Toward a Sustainable 21st Century Series, please visit their website.
Summer Research Program in Social Ecology
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is proud to offer a unique research opportunity for advanced undergraduate students studying at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are committed to pursuing doctoral education in Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) and Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB). The eight-week program at the UCI campus provides summer scholars with hands-on research experience, participation in graduate-style seminars, and experience disseminating scholarly research in academic forums. This program aims to build relationships with HBCU campus communities (faculty and students), strengthen pathways to graduate and professional programs at UCI, and promote academic careers.
To learn more about the program, please visit their website.