The Apprenticeship in Community-Engaged Research Program provides undergraduate students with a variety of opportunities to participate in community-engaged scholarship. (H)ACER trains students in participatory research methodologies and creates opportunities for students to work in real world contexts. In collaboration with our community partners, students engage in projects that address pressing issues such as social, economic, educational, and environmental injustice through an approach that seeks to honor the cultural, social and epistemological strength of community members. 

As students move through the HACER internships and classes, they may become eligible for a Colleges Nine or Ten Leadership Certificate [hyperlink to the criteria] or a Pathways to Academic Distinction Award [hyperlink to criteria]

Some opportunities for undergraduates include:

  • CLTE 35: Knowledge and Justice (5 units): Offered Winter Quarter. [description not yet available]. 
  • CLTE 30: (H)ACER Internships (2-units): Students may work in an after school garden enrichment program and support programming in the one-acre school and community garden. or work with a local community based organization affiliated with (H)ACER. Check Program Schedule for Internship Availability.
  • Re-Thinking Service Learning: Alternative Spring Break (2-units): The five day student-led experience from the Saturday of spring break to the following Wednesday,provides a unique experience for UCSC students to participate in intergenerational and intercultural dialogue and learn about the rich and complicated geopolitical histories of Santa Cruz County. Offered Spring Quarter. Informational sessions start in the third week of winter session. Students must attend an informational session to apply.
  • CLTE 135: Community-Engaged Research Methodologies (5-units). This course takes a holistic approach in familiarizing students about how to effectively and ethically conduct community engaged research, from contextualized understandings of power and knowledge to hands-on training in various methodologies through a class project. The topical focus of the course varies (e.g. sustainability, water justice, educational equity etc.). Offered Spring Quarter.
  • Leadership Positions: Students have the opportunity to apply for paid positions to run the following programming:
    • Calabasas After School Garden Program Lead: Students coordinate with (H)ACER staff and faculty to support the enrichment program.
    • PRAXIS Coordinator: Student coordinates weekly club meetings and monthly workdays with different community organizations in Santa Cruz county. 
    • Alternative Spring Break Co-Leads: Students work with (H)ACER staff and faculty to organize and lead a week long class with local organizations centered on educational equity and environmental, and economic justice.
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(H)ACER Undergraduate Researcher: Students who advance through the (H)ACER Program may also join community-engaged research labs to support and contribute to  research projects throughout the year. Students may apply after completing CLTE 135. 

Community Research Labs: We develop deep partnerships with a select few schools and community organizations and support social justice oriented practices and programs at these sites (called ‘community research labs’).  Our research projects and community sites are tied together through the following themes: education, schooling, Land, environment, food and imagining sustainable futures.