The Center for Social Innovation—which is the result of two years of planning, community engagement, and foundation dialogue—aims to provide a credible research voice that spurs civic leadership and policy innovation. We also aim to integrate researchers, community organizations, and civic stakeholders in collaborative projects and long-term partnerships that boost collective impact. Importantly, the Center seeks to shift away from a “problem” narrative to an “opportunity” narrative for marginalized communities and localities.
The Center for Social Innovation will focus on four key areas: Civic Engagement, Economic Mobility, Immigrant Integration, and Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Specific to our work in Inland Southern California, our activities in collaborative research, policy innovation, and narrative change are aimed to more fully realize the region’s potential in terms of its civic activities, philanthropic investments, and growing nonprofit sector.
“Young people get their degrees and head to Los Angeles or Orange County,” says Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the UC Riverside School of Public Policy. “Riverside and San Bernardino counties have 4.5 million […]
“UC Riverside‘s School of Public Policy has created a research center to spur greater civic engagement across the Inland Empire, the growth of nonprofit groups and the creation of good-paying jobs for the region’s […]
School of Public Policy
Center for Social Innovation
UCR School of Public Policy
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Riverside, CA 92521