Summer Institutes

Every summer, CCREC collaborates with UC Santa Cruz’s Everett Program, the Center for Labor Studies, and the Blum Center to host a multi-day intensive Community Engaged Research Institute (CERI). The inaugural summer institute was facilitated by CCREC staff and fellows in 2014.

We introduce graduate students, early career scholars, and community members to the ethics, epistemological foundations, research methods, digital tools, and democratic possibilities of collaborative research.

Through seminars, roundtables, and hands-on workshops, participants develop skills and knowledge to engage in equity-oriented community-based collaborative research. The institute is highly participatory and is facilitated by experienced university and community-based collaborative researchers. The theoretical foundations of the institute are enlived through local case studies of collaborative projects and dialogues with community partners.

For information on this year's institute, visit the Everett Center CERI page for up-to-date information.

Topics Include

● Why do collaborative research? Why does CERI emphasize Equity-Oriented Collaborative Community-Based Research (EOCCBR)?

● What are the key ethical and epistemological issues in collaborative and community-engaged research?

● What are the reasons to do participatory action research? How can public learning processes also contribute to community organizing and mobilizing?

● Intentions and aims for knowledge production

● Research within community organizations vis a vis research in academic setting

● Theories of change in community-engaged research

● Building collaborative relationships with community members, community-based organizations, academic faculty and researchers

● Collaborative methodologies

● How to interpret findings in a collaborative context

● Publishing and dissemination of findings in a collaborative context

● How to create an equity-orientation to research

● New media and collaborative research

● Designing thoughtful projects

● Beyond informed consent

Past Facilitators

Chris Benner, Everett Family Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Everett Program

Ron Glass, Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Director of CCREC

Steve McKay, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Director of Center for Labor Studies

Gabriela Giusta, Researcher and human rights activist at the Everett Program

Kathryn Roper, Managing Director at the Everett Program

Flora Lu, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Provost of Colleges 9 & 10.

Natalie JK Baloy, Assistant Director of Canada House Programs at Western Washington University (Border Policy Research Institute; Center for Canadian-American Studies; Salish Sea Institute) and Associate Researcher with CCREC

Sheeva Sabati, Ph.D. candidate and graduate student researcher with CCREC

Veronica Terriquez, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz