In Spring 2009, UC Merced’s chancellor appointed ReCCES to develop and support the capacity for UC Merced faculty and the community to conduct community-engaged scholarship. We believe that community-engaged scholarship involves a peer relationship between academic and community members that results in benefits for both.
Since 2009, ReCCES has been a strong advocate for community-academic research partnerships to extend the reach and impact of research beyond the university, solve problems to improve people’s lives, and advance the effectiveness of higher education. ReCCES has been the catalyst for numerous engagement efforts and has facilitated dozens of community engaged research projects in the region. ReCCES was instrumental in earning UC Merced the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification as well as creating a new Community Research and Service minor to provide hands-on applied research training for undergraduate students. ReCCES offers faculty seed grants and graduate student awards to support community engaged scholarship, offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate student to actively participate in research, and regularly hosts events to bring the community and campus together to network and solve problems.
We believe Community Makes Research Matter!
Please see our Annual Report AY2013-2014 for a detailed description of our work!