Potential partners for broader impacts activities
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Potential partners for broader impacts activities
UC Berkeley’s missions of teaching, research, and public service have resulted in many education and outreach programs and other activities, both on campus and in the community, that could provide potential partners for your broader impacts activities. Below we list information on some of these potential partners that could help connect faculty, students, and the community to education and outreach programs.
We will add more campus organizations to this list over time. If you have suggestions of other resources that should be listed here, please contact us.
Center for Educational Partnerships is part of UC Berkeley's Division of Equity & Inclusion. They work in partnership with local K-12 schools, school districts, community colleges, and community-based organizations to improve academic achievement and expand post-secondary educational opportunities for students who face significant barriers to college. Twelve programs provide services free-of-charge to well over 60,000 students annually, including summer programs that give hundreds of students academic enrichment while they experience campus life at Cal.
Coalition for Education and Outreach is a membership organization consisting of dozens of campus groups, institutes, and research centers that have active education and outreach programs and staff who can provide expert guidance to faculty about available outreach opportunities and potential partnerships.
DeCal is a student-run democratic education program that enables students to create and facilitate their own classes on a variety of subjects, many of which are not addressed in the traditional curriculum. Over 3,000 UC Berkeley students take DeCals each semester.
Lawrence Hall of Science designs, publishes, and disseminates award-winning curricula, provides professional development for educators, and engages the public in interactive exhibits and public programs. The Hall’s programs support science engagement and learning in schools, afterschool programs, and informal learning environments at the Hall, in the community, and online.
Local Government and Community Relations in the Office of the Chancellor serves as a bridge between the University of California, Berkeley and its Bay Area neighbors, including but not limited to school districts, local government, community-based agencies, and elected officials
Public Service Center (previously Cal Corps) connects faculty, students, and staff with the community surrounding campus. The Center partners with over 150 community organizations, including schools in Berkeley and Oakland, and supports faculty in their community-based teaching, outreach, and scholarship goals. They offer a range of services and resources to support faculty engagement with community, including one-on-one consultations, workshops, and assistance with the campus risk management guidelines for community-based work. They also assist faculty with community partnership development, including identifying potential partners and matching faculty interests and community needs.
Science@Cal is a networked, cross-disciplinary effort to engage and inform the public about Cal scientists and their research. Science@Cal fosters collaborative outreach efforts among campus STEM members and facilitates partnerships with community-based science and educational organizations. Activities include the Bay Area Science Festival, Cal Day, the Science@Cal Lecture Series and the East Bay Science Cafe.
Undergraduate Research at Berkeley is a comprehensive listing of undergraduate research opportunities on campus. Many programs have funding for students and need faculty, postdocs or graduate students willing to mentor young researchers.
The College of Engineering provides outreach programs include research experiences for undergraduates, research experiences for community college students, research experiences for teachers, and a variety of special programs such as Intro to Research Workshops, formalized Graduate Research Mentoring, and engineering design.
The Compass Project is a self-formed group of graduate and undergraduate students in the physical sciences focusing on improving undergraduate physics education, providing opportunities for professional development, and increasing retention of underrepresented students in the physical sciences. Compass provides a summer program, fall and spring semester courses, mentoring, a research lecture series, and other academic and social support.
Community Resources for Science is a non-profit partner for connecting UC science and engineering with local K-8 schools. CRS has a network of over 1000 educators at 100 schools in Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Richmond, and other nearby districts. They handle placement logistics for lab groups to bring science activities directly to local teachers and students. CRS provides lesson and activity development, alignment with state curriculum, training and coaching of grad students on teaching and communicating science, scheduling outreach presentations, and post-presentation data collection and evaluation. Over 400 grad students, postdocs and faculty currently participate in outreach with CRS.
Oakland Unified Schools Science Programs: A listing of more than 30 leading Bay Area science education/outreach organizations of all types (profit/non-profit) that are actively working/partnering with the Oakland schools to deliver science education, activities, curriculum, hands-on experiences, and internships to local students. Many are eager to establish partnerships with UC Berkeley faculty. In addition, Caleb Cheung, director of Oakland’s science programs, runs the district science fair, Dinner with a Scientist, and outdoor science education programs.
YouSTEM is a free web resource that provides a comprehensive listing of local pre-college programs in science, technology, engineering and math. The list can be filtered based on discipline, grade level, or type of program. Many programs offer opportunities for partnerships with faculty labs, departments and institutes.