Inaugural Community Engaged Research Institute

In August 2014, CCREC Fellows facilitated the first Collaborative Research Training Institute at the UC Santa Cruz campus.  The institute introduced graduate students and early career scholars to the theories, methods, ethics, and democratic aspects of collaborative research.  

Through seminars, roundtables, and hands-on workshops, participants developed skills and knowledge to begin engaging in equity-oriented community-based collaborative research.  All sessions were facilitated by experienced collaborative researchers (both university- and community-based). 

The Collaborative Research Training Institute, now the Community Engaged Research Institute (CERI), is held each summer in partnership with various centers on the UC Santa Cruz campus.


  • Chris Benner, Associate Professor of Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis
  • Robin DeLugan, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced, and Co-Chair of Community University Research and Action for Justice
  • Ronald David Glass, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and PI/Director of CCREC
  • Adrián Félix, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Board of Directors, National Fair Housing Alliance; and Chairman of Board of Directors, African American Policy Forum
  • Ellen Reese, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies at the University of California, Riverside

Community Partners:

Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County




  • Why collaborative research? Why Equity-Oriented Collaborative Community-Based Research (EOCCBR)?
  • Building collaborative relationships with community members, community-based organizations, and academic faculty and researchers
  • Collaborative methodologies
  • Interpretation of findings in a collaborative context
  • Publishing and dissemination of findings in a collaborative context
  • Equity-orientation of research
  • New media and collaborative research
  • Public learning processes (community organizing/mobilizing)
  • Ethics and epistemology
  • Data and democracy
  • Feedback & support on your projects/ideas (this includes the opportunity to advance your own ideas & current projects within a community of interdisciplinary colleagues, peers and experienced collaborative researchers (both academic & community-based)
  • Examples of EOCCBR
  • Click here to see the institute flyer.