Programs, 2014-15

University-Community Links programs take place at various localities throughout California. Programs are designed and operated by university faculty in collaboration with schools and community-based organizations. To view the numbers of sites, programs and participants over the years,click here. To view UC Links' international partners, click here.

In 2014-15, 17 faculty at 9 University of California campuses, one California State University campus, and one private liberal arts college led the operation of 30 programs at 28 different site locations in 19 cities throughout the state. Sixteen of the sites were hosted in public, private, and charter schools, and 11 in community centers. Together these programs served 2,872 P-12 students, 705 undergraduates, and 55 graduate students.   

UC Berkeley


21st Century Community Learning Centers
 A literacy program for Grade K-8 students at 6 private schools in Oakland, Richmond, San Pablo, and Union City. 
  • Professor Glynda Hull (Graduate School of Education)

Youth-Plan, Learn, Act Now! (Y-PLAN)
A community program for students at Richmond High in Richmond and Met West High in Oakland.
  • Executive Director Deborah McKoy (Center for Cities & Schools)

UC Davis


Beta Lab Links
A maker program for high school students in Met Sacramento High School with undergraduates from UC Davis.
  • Assistant Professor Lee Martin (School of Education)

UC Irvine


Certificate in After School Education & Summer Education (CASE)
An academic program to prepare undergraduates to work with students in local afterschool & summer programs -- in College Park Elementary in Costa Mesa and community organizations (Kidworks in Santa Ana  and Turtle Rock Community Park in Irvine), Girls Inc. in Costa Mesa, and Samueli Academy in Santa Ana.
  • Founding Dean and Professor Deborah Vandell (School of Education)
  • Director of CASE & Lecturer Jenel K. Lao (School of Education)

GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Poetry Programs
Four programs in Santa Ana are located in Nova Academy, Carr Intermediate School, and the Poetry Academy at El Sol Academy of Science and Arts Charter Academy.
  • Associate Professor Liane Brouillette (Arts Education, School of Education)
  • Vice Chancellor Emeritus Manuel Gómez (Student Affairs)
  • Director Sue Cronmiller (GLOW: Girls Leading Our World Programs)

UC San Diego


Democracy Lab
A multimedia program at a community organization in San Diego for P-12 age students at the Town and Country Learning Center.
  • Assistant Professor Angela Booker (Department of Communication)

La Clase Mágica, Technology and Cultural Kumeyaay Literacy Education (TACKLE)
La Clase Mágica is a cultural program for K-8 students in one community organization. Technology and Cultural Kumeyaay Literacy Education (TACKLE) is a cultural and literacy program designed for Native American K-2 youth in a community center in Valley Center.
  • Associate Professor Olga Vásquez (Department of Communication)

Mi Clase Mágica, Li'l TACKLE (Technlogy and Cultural Kumeyaay Literacy Education)
Mi Clase Mágica is a cultural and literacy program for preschool children in a community organization in Solana Beach. Li'l TACKLE is a cultural and literacy program in a community organization for preschool Native American children in Valley Center.
  • Associate Professor Alison Wishard Guerra (Department of Education Studies)
  • Assistant Professor Shana R. Cohen (Department of Education Studies)

UC Santa Barbara


Club Proteo, Teen Center
A digital and literacy program for Grade 1-6 students in a community organization in Goleta. The Teen Center is a multimedia and literacy program for Grade 6-12 students in another community organization in Goleta.
  • Interim Dean & Professor Mary Betsy Brenner (Gevirtz Graduate School of Education)
  • Professor Richard Durán (Gevirtz Graduate School of Education)

Teen Center
A multimedia program for Grade 6-12 students in another community organization in Goleta.
  • Interim Dean & Professor Mary Betsy Brenner (Education), PI
  • Professor Richard Durán (Education), PI

UC Santa Cruz


Change 4 Good
A community action research program for Grades 4-5 students in a school in Santa Cruz.
  • Provost-Oakes College and Associate Professor Regina Day Langhout (Psychology Department)

Corre la Voz
A literacy program for Grades 4-5 students at Bay View Elementary in Santa Cruz.
  • Provost--Oakes College and Associate Professor Regina Day Langhout (Psychology Department)
  • Faculty Director Leslie López (Oakes College Service Learning)

Whittier College


Fifth Dimension
A digital and literacy program for Grade K-6 students at a community organization in Whittier.
  • Professor Emeritus Donald Bremme (Department of Education and Child Development)
  • Director Alexandra Guevara (Fifth Dimension Program, Department of Education and Child Development)