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Director’s Message

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Doug Houston,
UCI Engage Director

The foundation of UCI Engage rests on our commitment to be a Great Partner for the communities that support and sustain us in our daily lives on and off campus. For over fifty years, the impact of our research, teaching, and engagement has stretched across our region, nation, and globe and addresses some of the greatest challenges and debates of our time.

UCI Engage builds upon the culture of engagement that drew me to our campus in 2009. I have been consistently amazed at the myriad ways our faculty, students, and staff push, cajole, and demand every day that we remain connected. We connect on campus by fostering an inclusive culture that embraces and celebrates diversity. We connect through teaching, research, and professional development that take us beyond textbooks, lecture halls, and labs to demand application and relevance. We connect by building campus-community partnerships that align the resources and expertise of our world-class university with the knowledge and strengths of our local communities.

Engagement is transformative. It is woven throughout our campus. It binds us to community.

I hope you will join us in our efforts to grow engagement throughout all schools and departments by sharing your ideas and celebrating successes. I invite you to explore our website to learn about current activities and connections and to identify potential partners. I look forward to working with you as director of UCI Engage to nurture our culture of engagement on and off campus.

About UCI Engage


UCI is building a strong culture of community engagement by sharing our resources and discoveries—in areas as diverse as art, advocacy, and engineering—with the larger world. Our faculty, students, staff, and researchers bring new discoveries quickly to the public, and we use our expertise to benefit communities throughout the region.

UCI Engage was created to help connect UCI and the community through strategic programing. Below are highlighted programs and community resources

Recent Updates

Engagement Highlights From Across Campus

Areas of Engagement

The UCI Engage website is a gateway for collaborators to connect with the community-engaged research and teaching on the UCI campus.

Click on a category below to explore UCI-based programs and initiatives. Each category features stories about the ways faculty and community collaborate to solve some of the worlds grand challenges.

You can browse the database in three ways:

Areas of Engagement
UC Irvine Schools / Units
Population / Focus Area

Search The Database

This website contains a database of more than 200 UCI programs and initiatives that feature community-engaged research and teaching in their mission.