The Center for Community Engagement creates opportunities for UCLA faculty, students, and staff to collaborate with community partners to build an equitable and just society through community-engaged research and teaching and community programs.

  • Students

    Connect UCLA undergraduates with the diverse communities of Los Angeles through meaningful, interdisciplinary work that emphasizes academic excellence within undergraduate education.

  • Faculty

    Support individual faculty and academic departments in the creation, development and support of innovative coursework that integrates community-engaged experiences and research with curriculum.

  • Build strong relationships with community organizations for mutually beneficial outcomes.

Sunset picture of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles in the background.Advancing UCLA’s Strategic Priorities

The Center for Community Engagement assists our campus partners in fulfilling the Chancellor’s priority for Civic Engagement to provide students with learning experiences and research opportunities that are relevant to their fields of study and create value for our community partners. We welcome you to review the strategic priorities for local and global community engagement.

Milestones & Recognition

Community engaged scholarship at UCLA has received national recognition. In 2020, Million Dollar Hoods was recognized in the “Exemplary Work” category and in 2021, the Congo Basin Institute received the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. These awards are coordinated by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.

Congo Basin Institute 

Million Dollar Hoods

Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classifcation

UCLA has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, please visit this link.

To view the Timeline of Milestones as a document, please click the link: Center for Community Engagement Timeline of Milestones.