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UC Links Statewide Office

The UC Links Office coordinates and facilitates the work of UC Links program sites in California. It is responsible for ongoing program development, assessment, and evaluation, and works to promote cross-site collaboration among programs throughout California, the United States, and in other nations. It also sponsors regular international conferences that bring together program partners from across the globe. By supporting information sharing and the collaborative development and improvement of program and evaluation strategies across the network, the UC Links Office helps university campuses and local communities work together to provide high-quality activities for after-school learning. The UC Links office is housed in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Underwood
Executive Director - University Community Links, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
underwood@berkeley.edu, (510) 642-7503
Leann Parker
Associate Director - University Community Links, Graduate School of Education
llparker@berkeley.edu, (510) 643-6187

Charles Underwood is an anthropologist (Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1986) who has worked internationally with educational programs for children and youth from underserved urban communities. As an administrator at the University of California Office of the President, he organized and directed several statewide initiatives related to the development of digital, multi-media, and hands-on activities andresources for K-16 teaching and learning. He has directed University-Community Links (UC Links) since 1996. He has taught anthropology at Golden Gate University, the University of Sao Paulo, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Leann Parker is Associate Director of UC Links and a specialist in second language and literacy development (Ph.D., UC Berkeley) interested in informal language/literacy development environments. Previously at the University of California Office of the President, she worked on several statewide initiatives that encouraged university collaborations with K-12 and efforts to bring high bandwidth to K-12 schools. She  taught English in Texas and Brazil, second language learning issues at California State University-East Bay, and served as a long-time member of the statewide advisory committee of the California Learning Resources Network.

UC Links Statewide Office

4425 Tolman Hall
Graduate School of
Education University
of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
510-643-6187