Community engagement is about building mutually beneficial relationships that ultimately strengthen UCI and the surrounding communities.
UCI is one of 62 leading research institutions elected to membership in the Association of American Universities. This prestigious designation combined with our responsibility as a land grant institution gives us an opportunity to push the boundaries of research while serving the community.
UCI has created a culture of inclusive engagement. What we have found is that students who participate in community projects have an improved sense of social responsibility, while also reduced inclination to stereotype and a greater inter-cultural understanding.
We have seen the economic and social benefits for southern California when community organizations feel they have the support and research backing of one of the top 10 public universities in the US. It gives new energy, enthusiasm and perspective when applied to the work being done in the community. Also, with more than 30,000 students, UCI is a source of valuable human resources needed to achieve community goals.
UCI is committed to community engagement – in fact it is the focus of the third pillar in our four-pillar strategic plan. We Invite you to join us.