UC Irvine Projects
These projects are current or recent ones that have been sponsored by centers at UC Irvine that relate to human rights.
The Olive Tree Initiative
The Olive Tree Initiative was founded in 2007 by a group of students to provide a space for learning about and discussing the situation in Israel/Palestine. They made their first visit to the region in 2008, learning about the conflict firsthand from different perspectives and sharing their experiences on and off campus upon their return. Learn more about the initiative, co-sponsored by UCI’s Center for Citizen Peacebuilding and the International Studies Program, here.
Abkhaz-Georgian Dialogues and Research Projects
The University of California is among the sponsors of a project focusing on the conflict between Georgians and Abkhaz in the Southern Caucasus. Armed conflict in 1992-1993 between the Georgians and the Akbhaz who wanted independence from Georgia resulted in thousands of deaths and refugees and significant human rights violations. The project seeks to bring together academics and nongovernmental organizations from both sides to facilitate dialogue, something otherwise difficult given the inability to travel to each other’s cities. Learn more about the project and see some of its archives here.
Gang Intervention Workers and Northern Ireland Exchange
UCI’s Program in Citizen Peacebuilding co-sponsored an exchange visit to Northern Ireland for members of the Association of Community Based Gang Intervention Workers, with the goal of sharing strategies for resolving violent conflicts and building community. Learn more about this initiative here.
Prisoners’ Rights in Southern California
The Center on Inequality and Social Justice at UC Irvine is engaged in research—led by two professors from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society—on prisoners’ rights, specifically on race, marginalization, and legal processes. More information about the project can be found here.