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.