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 pushes against deficit and damage-centered frameworks and honors the cultural, social and epistemological strength of community members.

Some opportunities for undergraduates include:

1st & 2nd Year:

  • (H)ACER Research-based Internships (2-units): Students may work in our after school garden program, support programming in the one-acre school and community garden, intern in a social justice high school classroom. 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 experience from March 23rd to March 27th provides a unique experience for UCSC students to generate inter-generational and inter-cultural dialogue and learn about the rich geopolitical histories of Santa Cruz County. Offered Spring Quarter. 

3rd, 4th & 5th Year:

  • CLTE 135: Social Justice, Institutions & Power (5-units). This course introduces students to the historical and theoretical foundations of qualitative research methods. Students receive hands-on research training, consider the complexities of community-engaged research methodologies and investigate relationships between settler colonialism and present institutional arrangements in Santa Cruz County. Offered Fall Quarter.
  • CLTE 136: Methodologies of Critical Practice (5-units). This course provides an in-depth exploration of the topics introduced in CLTE 135. Students receive hands-on research training and continue to grapple with the complexities of community-engaged research methodologies. Students will learn about the historical tensions and struggles of research as a form of knowledge production and consider how research may support more just futures. Offered Winter Quarter.
  • (H)ACER Research Practicum (5-units). Students will apprentice alongside two researchers who will continue the research projects throughout the spring quarter and support a re-presenation of the findings to the communities involved in our Research Labs. Offered Spring Quarter. 

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.