AFS offers a small number of undergraduate students in the School of Social Ecology an in-depth, three-quarter field study experience focused on civic and community engagement.
Students will work together with a local community, government, or business organization to prepare a professional research client report which helps the organization better understand the social or community problems it hopes to address, helps inform the organization’s strategic goals, and/or helps enhance the organization’s operations or services.
Students will draw upon academic training, local insights of people living and working in the community, personal reflections, and in-class discussions to guide these problem-solving efforts and other civic education experiences In addition to the engaged work students will be able to petition one quarter (SocEcol 195C/spring) of graded work for an upper division major elective.
AFS students will complete 100 hours per quarter (10 hours /week) working on projects for our community partners and will work closely with the course instructor and field placement supervisor to:
- Frame significant research questions, design and conduct research that will answer those questions
- Support the activities of a local community, government, or business organization, and help build and sustain healthy communities
- Identify and examine sources of community based knowledge
- Integrate community based knowledge with academic theory and research to address concrete community issues and concerns
- Dialogue with peers regarding issues that arise during the community based field experience
- Analyze social policy as it relates to community issues and concerns
- Communicate findings and recommendations to scholarly and community audiences
- Major within the School of Social Ecology
- 90+ quarter units completed at time of application
- Good academic standing
- A commitment to enroll in all three courses of the Seminar sequence in the senior year (this means being in residence at UCI all three quarters).
- No course enrollment form needed. Students will select from available opportunities once they are accepted into the program.
FORMS AND BROCHURES
- Instructor: Elliott Currie, Professor, Criminology, Law and Society
- Student Liaison: Ashley Vikander, Director, Field Study Program
- Community Partner Liaison: Rachel Christensen, Field Study Coordinator
Thank you to our 2015-2016 Community Partners.
|Student Name||Project Title/Focuse||Community Partner|
Trauma Informed Care
Assessment of tools for evaluating childhood trauma.
Youth V.O.I.S.E Project, Vocalizing our Inner Sense of Empowerment, Exploring youth sense of community, oppression and empowerment through self-expression
|Denise Castro||Third Time is Not the Charm; An Analysis on Criminal Activity and Recidivism Patterns in Orange County||US Postal Inspection Service|
Social, Emotional, Cognitive Development and Behaviors of Children who have been Exposed to Domestic Violence
Evaluation of the Higher Education Mentoring Program
|Orange County Bar Foundation|
|Leslie Aguayo||Community Development Initiative through Micro-Farming and Aquaponics Agriculture in the City of Santa Ana||Kidworks|
|May Kim and Paula Ramirez||Farm2Seniors Dual Component Project Analysis||Community Action Partnership of Orange County|
HOW ARE SENIORS FARING, Evaluating the Emotional Well-Being of Lakeview Senior Center’s Participants
|City of Irvine|
|Mona Foroughifard||Factors Contributing to Recidivism Among Hispanic Youth in Orange||Orange County Bar Foundation|
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department: Gang Diversion Program, Evaluating Success Rates of Police-Implemented Prevention Programs For At-Risk Youth
|Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Gang Diversion Team|
Assessment Of A Pilot Community Garden Program: Lighthouse Community Center In Santa Ana, CA
|Lighthouse Community Centers|
Law Enforcement and Immigration: The Need for a Sanctuary City in Orange County
|Korean Resource Center|
|Vanessa Chavez||Patterns of Completion: Factors Associated with Success in a Diversion Program in a Latino Community||Orange County Bar Foundation|
Parents Creating Change, The impact of parenting education on the parent-child relationship of domestic violence survivors
|OC Family Justice Center|
|Viet Van||Process-Based Analysis of PhotoVoice||National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence|