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Contributions to the Public Good


Vice Chair


Committee on Contributions to the Public Good: 
Chair: Bruce Link, School of Public Policy and Sociology
Vice Chair: Gabriela Canalizo, Physics and Astronomy

Faculty Members:

  • Tuppett Yates, Professor of Psychology, CHASS
  • Dana Simmons, Associate Professor of History, CHASS
  • Normand Ellstrand, Distinguished Professor of Botany & Plant Sciences, CNAS
  • (Vagelis) Evangelos Papalexakis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, BCOE

Staff Members:

  • Annette Webb, Extension Associate Dean for Academic Programs
  • Denise Davis, Director of Women’s Resource Center
  • Jeff Girod, Director of CHASS Marketing & Communications
Community Member: Jack Clarke, Best, Best and Krieger 

Academic Leaders:

  • Deborah Deas, Dean SOM 
  • Louie Rodriguez, Assoc Dean GSOE

Administrative Leader: Elizabeth Romero, AVC Governmental and Community Relations

Foundation/Alumni Board Member: Brian Hawley, Board of Trustees/Luminex
Graduate Student: Valeria Orue, Arielle Mangianello
Undergraduate Student: Dewayne Wallace
Supporting Staff Member: Beth Claassen Thrush, Chancellor's Office

Committee Charge 

The Contributions to the Public Good strategic planning committee will work collaboratively and engage in broad discussions and thoughtful analysis to produce the questions, foals, metrics and summary recommendations that will guide UCR's future efforts to positively impact our region, state, nation, and world. As the public land grant university of inland Southern California, UCR's research, scholarship, and outreach in areas such as agriculture, air quality, the arts, athletics, education, health care, immigration, sustainable energy, and water use profoundly benefit the peoples of our region and beyond. The committee should be bold in examining ways in which our collective efforts can be coordinated and leveraged to better communicate UCR's value and increase our influence and impact. UCR is recognized for advancing the socioeconomic mobility of our students and has an incumbent responsibility to continue that trajectory while finding new ways to lead our region in economic and workforce development so that our students can have a promising future in our region. This effort culminates in a 5-10 page document, due in Spring 2020 that will be shared with the campus community. Following an opportunity for feedback, this report will be synthesized with those of the other committees to produce the strategic plan.

The committee will be led by a chair and vice-chair and supported by a staff member who will partner closely with the chair and vice-chair while also serving as a contributing member of the committee. The staff member will assist the chair and vice-chair by helping facilitate communications, organize and schedule meetings and summarize meeting discussions. 

In this work, the committee will integrate the discussion and analysis of UCR's values as they impact our contributions to the public good. As this effort is critically important to the future of UCR, it is important that committee members act and think as campus representatives, rather than constituents of their own department, college or office. Because the work will be carried out over the coming year, committee members must commit to sustained and regular meetings including committee discussions over the summer. Committee members will speak thoughtfully and listen carefully, engaging each other and the larger campus community in respectful dialog.