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Research Centers

UCSB's academic departments and units generally incorporate diversity topics and efforts into their short- and long-term planning, their research, and their teaching as appropriate. The following are examples of research centers that are particularly focused on these topics.

Center for Black Studies Research
The Center for Black Studies Research has a general research platform that is uniquely positioned to provide a critical synthesis of issues of race, social equality, and justice; these narratives and approaches are present in all its projects and are a central part of our effort to merge theoretical findings with social change. Research areas include the Haiti Projects, the Race and Technology Initiative; and the Urban Studies Projects. Outreach efforts include Project Excel and community outreach efforts, both on campus and within the community.

Center for New Racial Studies (CNRS)
Working together since 2003, a diverse group of UCSB faculty, based both in traditional social science and humanities departments and in various ethnic studies departments, has developed and organized the Center for New Racial Studies (CNRS). Graduate students, undergraduates, and university staff are also involved in the effort. The New Racial Studies endeavor is at once an educational undertaking, a research initiative, and a movement project. The New Racial Studies Project seeks both to draw attention to this burgeoning field of inquiry, and to contribute to that synthesis. Its ultimate goals involve networking widely; in hopes ultimately to influence the research agenda, pedagogy, and public discourse about race and racism on a national level. The CNRS deeply committed to ongoing inquiry to foster both "micro-level" approaches (that address racialized experience and identities) and "macro-level" work.

Center for Research on Women and Social Justice
The Center for Research on Women and Social Justice approaches the study of women in culture and society from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective, inquiring into the lives of women and men, the impact of cultural notions of gender on society, and the ways that race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, and other factors impact on work, family, and democracy. This approach is necessary both to ensure collaborative and individual scholarly investigation and to empower the public through a greater knowledge of the ways that public policies and cultural representations have advanced or impeded women's social and economic progress in terms of ethnicity, class, sexuality, and globalization. Drawing upon diverse methodologies and approaches (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, textual, historical, applied), the Center initiates and sponsors projects on topics crucial to women's lives in appropriate local, regional, national, and global contexts in law and equality; education and training; work and family; wealth and poverty; war and violence; artistic and creative expression; health and well-being; sexuality and psyche; natural and built environments; and Women's movements and feminism.

Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships
The Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) builds on a record of innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at the California NanoSystems Institue (CNSI), to create a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration. The Center's mission is to strengthen UCSB's capacity to play a leading role in the education and professional development of current and future scientists and engineers. SEP specialists are available to collaborate with UCSB scientists and engineers on:

  • program design and evaluation
  • undergraduate research internships
  • teaching and mentoring in STEM disciplines
  • professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • informal science in the community
CSEP provides guidance and infrastructure for those who wish to develop novel projects, augment existing models and programs, or develop broader impacts education components for their research and education proposals. The center's focus on evaluation offers the campus a distinctive mechanism to meet funding agency requirements for data collection and analysis about short and longer-term broader impacts of STEM partnerships.

Chicano Studies Institute
The purpose of the Institute, as articulated in El Plan de Santa Bárbara, is to undertake, promote and disseminate research regarding the Chicano/Latino experience in California and the United States. The Institute's research activities serve the intellectual interests of Chicana/o Studies students, researchers and faculty from all departments and units on the UCSB campus. Together with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, the Institute supports research that promotes the growing national and international stature of the field and assists in the recruitment and retention of Chicano/Latino faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara. The Institute also promotes cultural education for the campus and community by sponsoring events and programs that draw from Chicana/o, Mexican and Latin American music, dance, theatre, film and art traditions.

California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA)
The California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, also known as CEMA, is a division of the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries. CEMA is a permanent program that advances scholarship in ethnic studies through its varied collections of primary research materials. These unique collections document the lives and activities of African Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans in California. The collections represent the cultural, artistic, ethnic, and racial diversity that characterizes the state's population. Its materials are widely used not only by scholars, but also in K-12 classrooms and museum exhibitions. Organizations and individuals have committed to establishing their personal papers and archival materials for preservation and to be made accessible for research and study.

Ethnic and Gender Studies Library
The Ethnic and Gender Studies Library, a unit of Davidson Library, supports collections in the following areas: Andelson Collection (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies); Asian-American Studies Collection; Black Studies Collection; Colección Toque Nahuaque (Chicano Studies Collection); Native American Studies Collection; Feminist Studies Collection.