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UC Berkeley chancellor to honor 14 university-community partnerships at Monday, Sept. 23, reception
20 September 2002

By Irene Hegarty, Office of Community Relations

Berkeley - Fourteen innovative programs that represent partnerships between the University of California, Berkeley, and surrounding East Bay communities will be honored at the third annual University and Community Partnerships reception on Monday, September 23, at UC Berkeley.

Hosted by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl and his wife, Peg Berdahl, this community celebration will highlight unique "town and gown" partnerships in the areas of youth recreation and leadership training, community development, environmental education, employment and job training, public safety and health.

"The programs honored this year illustrate the broad range of collaborative efforts that involve UC Berkeley faculty, staff, students and community members," said Chancellor Berdahl. "These partnerships show what we can accomplish when the campus and community join hands to tackle the important issues facing local residents."

The projects to be recognized for 2002 are:

* Cal Adventures Community Outreach, which for over two decades has enticed thousands of children and youth into discovering the great outdoors while developing their talents, leadership and self-esteem.

* The Cal in Berkeley Student Internship Program, dedicated to connecting UC Berkeley students with project-based internships with the city of Berkeley government and community-based organizations.

* The Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research, a student-initiated center in UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education that promotes the participation of everyday people-especially the poor, youth, immigrants and people of color-in education and democratic engagement. Among other achievements, the center has helped to research and evaluate the small school reforms in Oakland and worked with the Youth Together Project in Oakland.

* The UC Berkeley student-initiated Community Circuits, addressing the "digital divide" by teaching underprivileged 4th and 5th graders computer skills and helping to staff after-school computer labs for Richmond and Berkeley teenagers.

* The Community Economic Development Clinic, connecting the campus's Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the East Bay Community Law Center with local neighborhood activists to further the economic development of West Oakland.

* The Cypress Mandela/Labor Occupational Health and Safety Program, with the assistance of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, incorporating a health and safety component into the successful Cypress Mandela Women in Skilled Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

* Empowering Generation NeXt Tutoring Program, a UC Berkeley student-run after-school tutoring and mentoring program at James Kenney Recreation Center in Berkeley.

* The Environmental Science Teaching Program, working to increase the UC- eligible population of economically disadvantaged students by teaching and mentoring urban students in hands-on science.

* Providing Access to Vision Care for Mobility-Restricted Patients, a partnership between UC Berkeley School of Optometry and the Over 60 Clinic in Berkeley, providing home visits to hundreds of local elderly patients in the past two years.

* School Change through School Gardens, responding to the growing interest in school gardens by developing garden-based teaching units through a partnership of the University of California Botanical Garden and local elementary and middle schools.

* The Southside Community Safety Partnership, bringing the city, university staff and students and the broader Southside community together to address crime and safety issues.

* Student Safe Housing Program, joining forces between the city of Berkeley and the university following the tragic deaths of two UC Berkeley students two years ago to increase fire safety awareness among students and other tenants and to provide for safety inspections of rental housing.

* UC Berkeley School of Optometry-California School for the Blind School-Based Low Vision Clinic, providing accessible, state-of-the-art clinical care and consultation to students, teachers, and families while enriching the training and experience of UC Berkeley optometry students.

* The UC/City of Berkeley YouthWorks Program, placing local teens in summer jobs on the UC Berkeley campus with mentoring and job training from UC Berkeley staff.