-- Twelve of the leading community programs involving cooperation
between the University of California, Berkeley, the City
of Berkeley and surrounding East Bay cities recently were
honored at the first annual University and Community Partnerships
by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl and his wife, Peg
Berdahl, this first-time community celebration, held on
the campus, showcased "town and gown" collaborations that
make contributions in the areas of economic development
and revitalization, cultural and educational enrichment,
environmental preservation, science education and health.
work is very much at the heart of what is important to us,
and we felt it should be properly recognized. We are proud
to be establishing this tradition," said the Berdahls.
Berdahl added, "These 12 partnerships represent the absolute
finest examples of collaborative efforts to address community
and university interests and emphasize the amazing breadth
and depth of efforts focusing on community solutions."
is involved in more than 150 community partnerships and
collaborations - from the Bay Area to Taiwan - that focus
on addressing some of today's most pressing challenges.
"These local partnerships speak louder than any words ever
could to the powerful synergy between a major research university
and an active community," said Berdahl. "They show us the
range of complex issues and problems that can be successfully
tackled through collective resources and shared imagination."
recognized projects represent a cross-section of community
members and UC Berkeley faculty members, staff members and
- This collaboration between UC Berkeley's Department
of Art Practice, the Consortium for the Arts, and three
Berkeley schools provides workshops and after-school projects
to children in several arts fields.
Bay Area Urban Debate League - UC Berkeley's Department
of Political Science and 10 Bay Area high schools offer
high school students a full year of training in public policy
City Bugs - A collaboration between UC Berkeley's College
of Natural Resources, the Berkeley Pledge, the Interactive
University Program, UC Cooperative Extension, and the Oakland
Unified School District focuses on insect, life science
and biodiversity education for teachers and students.
Fruit and Vegetable Intake of Middle School Students Survey
- An effort between UC Berkeley's Department of Nutritional
Sciences and School of Public Health, the Berkeley Unified
School District, Center of Ecoliteracy, UC Cooperative Extension,
and Willard Middle School emphasizes nutritional education
for children and promotes school gardens projects.
Fruitvale Neighborhood Revitalization Project - UC Berkeley's
Institute of Urban & Regional Development and the campus's
departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Environmental
Science, Policy & Management, and Landscape Architecture
& Environmental Planning; along with the Spanish Speaking
Unity Council, the City of Oakland, and several community
organizations, are focusing on inner-city neighborhood revitalization
Office of Resources for International and Area Studies
- A collaboration between UC Berkeley's Center for South
Asia Studies, the campus's International & Area Studies,
the San Francisco Unified School District, the World Affairs
Council, and other community organizations, provides outreach
support workshops and Internet resources for K-12 world
Earthquake Engineering Research Center -UC Berkeley,
San Jose State University and the California Academy of
Sciences together are designing creative earthquake engineering
exhibits for earthquake preparedness education.
for the People - This collaboration between UC Berkeley's
African American Studies and English departments, Berkeley
High School, and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco
offers a series of poetry writing workshops in a "student-teacher-poets"
Save International -UC Berkeley's Department of Landscape
Architecture & Environmental Planning, legislators and community
members are working to prevent the approval of a proposed
petrochemical complex in Taiwan that endangers a rare bird.
Community efforts have grown to include Taiwanese building
The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project - A collaboration
between UC Berkeley's Department of History, the campus's
Institute of Urban & Regional Development, and Oakland public
schools is focusing on professional development for history
and social science teachers.
Urban Plan - UC Berkeley's College of Environmental
Design, Graduate School of Education, Haas School of Business
and Institute of Urban & Regional Development, along with
Oakland Technical High School, are teaching high school
students urban planning and design techniques, issue analysis
and public participation skills.
Vision and Eye Health Screening for Preschool, Kindergarten,
and First Grade - A collaboration between UC Berkeley's
School of Optometry, the University Eye Center, UC Child
Care Services, and several Bay Area communities is providing
more than 14,000 children in Diablo Valley, Tracy, Berkeley
and Albany with annual eye health screenings and vision