History of CCREC

From 2009 to 2015, the UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC) operated as a multi-campus research initiative to link inter/trans-disciplinary university researchers, community organizations, and policy makers in equity-oriented, collaborative, community-based research projects. These projects aimed to achieve creative solutions to the interrelated challenges in the economy, employment, education, environment, food systems, housing, and public health. CCREC was created in an effort to build institutional capacity for collaborative community-based research methodologies within the UC system. CCREC provided initial “seed” funding for collaborative research projects, incubated regional-level coalitional collaborative research projects for justice, and prepared a new generation of engaged scholars and community leaders who seek to make truth matter in the public sphere. CCREC also engaged in critical analyses of these very modes of research and the complex ethical questions they raise for university researchers and aggrieved community members specifically, and for social science research more broadly.

CCREC’s core funding was not renewed by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and its central operations were formally concluded at the end of the 2015 academic year. Many of the CCREC projects that were cultivated in this short time period continue in various forms. This website serves as an archive of CCREC’s institutional life and work, and also provides access to CCREC’s ongoing Ethics Project, graduate student and early career scholar summer institutes, and other activities.