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, teaching and community programs.


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


    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.


    The Center for Community Engagement plays a leading role in implementing UCLA’s 2023-2028 Strategic Plan’s Goal 1: Deepening UCLA’s Engagement with Los Angeles. This effort is significantly increasing campus-wide attention to community-engaged research and teaching/learning, and programmatic engagement and outreach. All of these efforts are creating partnerships to achieve equitable outcomes and opportunities for Angelenos.

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

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.