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Community Resilience Co-lab

The Community Resilience Co-lab is one of the projects convened by UCI Community Resilience Projects.

The Co-lab an experimental co-curricular education response to the enduring and intersecting crises of environmental, racial, and social injustice. This nexus lies at the heart of contemporary crises such as the Flint, Michigan, drinking water emergency; the Standing Rock Sioux mobilization for water protection; the Movement for Black Lives; the global migration crisis; and concerns about governmental commitment to environmental protection and social justice.

Our learning community asks: “What does it take to move from a world rooted in violence, extraction, and domination to a world rooted in regeneration, resilience, and interdependence?” We are developing a shared understanding that the problems of climate change, racism and all social injustice, economic inequality, and our challenged democracy are connected, and so are the solutions.

The Co-lab builds human infrastructure here at UCI to integrate campus networks and resources at these intersections. By deepening and strengthening the intellectual and community relationships among people who participate in these networks, we aim to create fertile ground for communal care and resilience.

Over time, the Co-lab seeks to advance a coalition of care that mobilizes student capacity towards engagement; inspires exchange among a diverse cohort of activists and healers; lifts up cultural relationships to the earth; and educates at the intersections of environmental, racial, and social justice issues. Our invitation for collaboration extends broadly to students, staff, faculty, and community members who are engaged in uplifting the values that underlie such work.

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What’s Happening Now

At the 2017 100% Renewable Energy Conference, students told UC President Janet Napolitano how student efforts led UCI to switch to an all electric bus fleet and urged UC to pursue sustainability and student basic needs like food and housing security as hand-in-hand goals.