Community Engaged Research Institute June 24-27, 2019

About the CERI

Interested in learning how to do community-engaged research with experienced faculty in the gorgeous California coast? Please join the Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation and UC Santa Cruz’s Everett Program, the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC), the Center for Labor Studies, and the Blum Center for a four day intensive Community Engaged Research Institute.

We will introduce graduate students, early career scholars, and community members to the foundations, ethics, methods, tools and democratic aspects of collaborative research.

Apply now until April 8, 2019, to be considered (extended from April 1, 2019).

Through seminars, roundtables, and hands-on workshops, participants will develop skills and knowledge to begin engaging in equity-oriented community-based collaborative research. All sessions will be facilitated by experienced collaborative researchers (both university- and community-based).

The Institute will be highly participatory, facilitated by experienced collaborative researchers (both university- and community-based), and rooted in case studies with community partners.

Institute Topics *

  • Why collaborative research? Why Equity-Oriented Collaborative Community-Based Research (EOCCBR)?
  • Building collaborative relationships with community members, community-based organizations, and academic faculty and researchers
  • Collaborative methodologies
  • How to interpret findings in a collaborative context
  • Publishing and dissemination of findings in a collaborative context
  • How to create an equity-orientation of research
  • New media and collaborative research
  • The public learning processes of community organizing and mobilizing
  • Ethics and epistemology of collaborative and community-engaged research
  • What are the reasons to do PAR?
  • Intensions and aims for knowledge production
  • Research within community organizations vis a vis research in an academic setting
  • Theories of change in community-engaged research
  • Designing thoughtful projects
  • Beyond informed consent

*Subjects will vary each year


  • Application Deadline: April 8
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 30
  • Registration payment due: May 15

Institute Costs

We use tiered prices to accommodate a diverse group of community engaged research practitioners. Community representatives and graduate students pay a reduced rate of $800. The rate for full-time private or academic researchers and faculty is $1,400, which helps cover staffing costs and scholarships for other attendees. We keep attendance to no more than 30 to ensure a qualitative experience for all. Conference fees include all conference events, workshops, panels, case study trips, and all meals.

Housing will be provided in UCSC campus apartments with check-in on Monday, June 24 and check-out on Thursday, June 27. These are single rooms in shared apartments, typically four attendees to an apartment. The cost for housing is $313.17.

Limited scholarships are available, based on need, through the application process. The average scholarship amount given is $300. Please let us know if any specific accommodation would allow you to attend.

Click here to apply to the scholarship.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and no-shows received less than 48 hours prior to the groups contracted arrival date will be charged the full conference rate for the contracted number of nights. All other inquiries about refunds/cancellation will be given at rates standard to how the university refunds us for using summer conference services.

Week Overview

  • Registration begins at 11:00AM June 24, 2019.
  • First session begins at 12:00PM June 24, 2019.
  • Departure after lunch June 27, 2019 roughly at 3:00PM.

Sample Agenda

  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Session 2, Ethics: How to interpret findings in a collaborative context
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Session 3, Breakout Project Workshops based on topical clusters
  • 3:00 PM: Break
  • 3:30 PM: Session 4, Case Study Trip to the UC Arboretum to review the collaboration between the Amah Mutsun and Ph.D. Candidate Rick Flores
  • 5:30 PM: Break
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner
  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM: Optional Panel: Academic and Non-Academic Careers in Community-Based Research

Facilitators and Partners

This table includes the list of the people who will be facilitating the conference.

Chris Benner ·

Kaite Roper ·


Ron Glass ·


Steve McKay ·


Rick Flores ·


Veronica Terriquez ·


Heather Bullock ·


Linnea Beckett ·


Valentin Lopez ·


Rebecca London ·


Sheeva Sabati ·


Julianne Hazlewood ·


Roxanne Villalobos ·


Randy Villegas ·