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Community Engaged Research Institute 2018

About the Institute

Interested in learning how to do community engaged research with experienced faculty in the gorgeous California coast? Please join UC Santa Cruz’s Everett Program, the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC), the Center for Labor Studies, and the Blum Center for a four day intensive Community Engaged Research Institute.

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

Apply now until April 1, 2018 to be considered.

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

The Institute will be highly participatory, facilitated by experienced collaborative researchers (both university- and community-based), and rooted in case studies with community partners.


  • Application Deadline: April 1
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 30
  • Registration and $150 Deposit: May 15
  • Remaining Costs Due: June 1

Praise for CERI

Brilliant facilitators. Beautiful insight. Facilitators clearly take all levels of the work seriously–their own identities and personal, interpersonal and systemic reflexivity.

- CERI Participant 2017

I loved getting outdoors and having the opportunity to learn about a real community-engaged project happening in the local area.

- CERI Participant 2016

Appreciated the perspectives and emotion that was shared in regards to the real life work that involves communities.

- CERI Participant 2017

As a student, I appreciated a simple, yet, insightful presentation of methods.

- CERI Participant 2016

AWESOME!!!!! Great human conversation about action research and its power and impact

- CERI Participant 2016

Institute Topics *

  • 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
  • How to interpret findings in a collaborative context
  • Publishing and dissemination of findings in a collaborative context
  • How to create an equity-orientation of research
  • New media and collaborative research
  • The public learning processes of community organizing and mobilizing
  • Ethics and epistemology of collaborative and community engaged research
  • What are the reasons to do PAR?
  • Intensions and aims for knowledge production
  • Research within community organizations vis a vis research in academic setting
  • Theories of change in community engaged research
  • Designing thoughtful projects
  • Beyond informed consent

* Subject to vary each year

Institute Costs

We use tiered prices to accommodate a diverse group of community engaged research practitioners. Community representatives and graduate students pay the at-cost rate of $600. The rate for full-time private or academic researchers and faculty is $1200, which helps cover staffing costs and scholarships for other attendees. We keep attendance to no more than 30 to ensure a qualitative experience for all. Conference fees include all conference events, workshops, panels, case study trips, and daily catered lunch.

This cost does not include housing. Off-campus group housing options will be given to attendees. Otherwise, attendees will be expected to organize their own local housing. Optional dinners with experts will also be organized and involve an additional cost.

Limited scholarships available, based on need, through the application process. The average scholarship amount given is $300. Please let us know if any specific accommodation would allow you to attend.

Any questions? Please contact Gabriela Giusta,

Sample Agenda

  • 8:00AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00AM: Session 2, Ethics: How to interpret findings in a collaborative context
  • 12:00PM: Lunch
  • 1:00PM: Session 3, Breakout Project Workshops based on topical clusters
  • 3:00PM: Break
  • 3:30PM: Session 4, Case Study Trip to the UC Arboretum to review the collaboration between the Amah Mutsun and Ph.D Candidate Rick Flores
  • 5:30 PM: Break
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00PM: Optional Panel: Academic and Non-Academic Careers in Community-Based Research

Week Overview

  • Registration begins at 11:15AM June 18, 2018.
  • First session begins at 12:00PM June 18, 2018.
  • Departure after lunch June 21, 2018 roughly at 3:00PM.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and no-shows received less than 48 hours prior to the groups contracted arrival date will be charged the full conference rate for the contracted number of nights. All other inquiries about refunds/cancellation will be given at rates standard to how the university refunds us for using summer conference services.