Grants & Awards

"these projects represent the best of American Cultures, teaching students to reach out across racial, class, gender and national lines and to grasp the situated experience of themselves and others in a deeply transformative way"

The founding concept of the AC requirement was conceived as providing the possibility for great innovation, chances to break through disciplinary boundaries, to use cutting-edge pedagogy and to excite the student body into realizing the multidirectional nature of their community's social fabric.

Therefore, the American Cultures Center makes it a priority to honor the great teaching efforts, abilities and innovations created in the American Cultures classroom by both faculty and students. A number of opportunities for recognition occur throughout the year, including prizes for faculty advancement in AC courses, student research, and grants for AC course development and improvement.

For information on the 2014 Student Research and Faculty Innovation Prizes, click here.
For information on American Cultures Course Development Grants, click here.

The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program

The campus has received a generous grant from the Haas Jr. Foundation to support a variety of efforts to increase equity and inclusion across campus. One of the signature projects of the grant is the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program, led by the American Cultures Center and the Cal Corps Public Service Center.

ACES provides resources for faculty who serve as 'Chancellor's Public Scholars' to deepen their own community-engaged scholarship through the development of new and/or revised American Cultures courses with community-based components such as community-based research or service-learning projects. Scholars receive a $3,000 stipend, up to $1,500 to support implementation of the community-based component, support from students serving as 'Chancellor's Public Fellows', the benefits of being part of an inter-disciplinary cohort of faculty, and the possibility of future course continuation funds.

Now, in its fifth year, the program is building on an innovative and exciting efforts, in a wide range of departments, including African American Studies, Art Practice, Asian American Studies, The College of Natural Resources, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, The Haas Business School, The School of Public Health, The Graduate School of Education, Legal Studies and Psychology.

This initiative intends to transform how UC Berkeley engages its community partners, how students understand societal issues and how faculty's community-engaged scholarship is valued.