Office of the Chancellor

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Attendees separated into a series of facilitated breakout sessions to exchange ideas and identify the next steps in forging solutions to pressing social issues.

The following is a summary of the key takeaways from each group.

Summary of Breakout Group Discussions

Family Violence: Reducing Family Violence

In this breakout group, the discussion focused on ways in which OC community groups can work together to reduce family violence through enhanced curriculum, training, outreach, and data collection.  Recommendations include the following: 

  • Train and certify UCI students to lead “Healthy Relationships” courses and utilize the curriculum in public schools (elementary, middle and high school)
  • Develop a domestic violence training program that integrates practice, teaching, and research, with the goal of implementing the program at police stations, faith-based organizations, and schools
  • Obtain more data, including statistics and field study observation, to address the problem

Health: Raising Healthy Families

The leaders in this group discussed ways to engage all stakeholders in the community in discussions on health and wellness.  The ideas generated in the discussion include the following:

  • Engage business leaders via a food summit for food-related industries located in OC that discusses social responsibility, food quality, and healthfulness of ingredients
  • Develop rewards and incentives for communities, businesses, and cities that adopt and promote evidence-based health practices
  • Create a website of health and wellness resources for health-related referrals
  • Train high school STEM students to develop and create apps promoting healthful behaviors
  • Establish collaborative community Wellness Centers (integrative partnerships) specific to each community’s specific needs and interests

K-12 Education: Partnerships for Literacy

Our county’s leaders in education expanded their charge to encompass literacy education efforts from infancy through adulthood in order to establish a “total support structure” for literacy.  The group built consensus on the following four initiatives:  

  • Build a solid bridge to college and career readiness for students who are most in need
  • Expand fieldwork opportunities for the 500 UCI students who major in education and social ecology
  • Develop a multi-stage literacy development model for the first five years of a child’s life using massive online open courses
  • Expand access to books by using technology to connect resources to the needs of specific populations

Financial Stability: Improving Fiscal Fitness for our Youth

Members of this group are keenly aware that financial literacy requires education, mentorship, and “fun.”  Ideas generated in this discussion included:  

  • Develop a mentorship program for financial literacy
  • Amplify LIFEvest in schools and in the community where alumni, financial company experts, and/or UCI students can serve as mentors
  • Integrate a K-12 financial literacy program into school curricula
  • Promote UCI student involvement (and/or user-generated content) in producing financial literacy social media, games, and apps that are enjoyable for kids

Housing: Using Data to Reduce Homelessness

This group of Orange County leaders asked themselves, “How do we better utilize the resources that already exist?”  The discussion established the following concepts for adding to housing options in Orange County:

  • Investigate the possibility of faith-based organization/nonprofit provision of affordable housing for homelessness (e.g., parking lots for trailers, unused space, etc.)
  • Identify boarding/dormitory-style houses, shared housing, and adaptive/re-use of current housing options in Orange County and develop more opportunities where possible
  • Create a joint forum of city representatives, UCI researchers, and community organizations to discuss data on and raise awareness of homelessness
  • Improve/centralize high-quality, county-wide data collection for the purpose of a “gap analysis” to determine the exact needs of each community

K-12 Education: Partnerships for Literacy

Facilitator

Dr. Julie Tapp, Tapp Consulting

Panelists:

Dr. Linda Clinard, UCI School of Education

Sergio Contreras, Orange County United Way

Dr. George Farkas, UCI School of Education, STEM Program

Robert Santana, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana

Family Violence: Reducing Family Violence

Facilitator

Doug Brockway, Brockway Human Services

Panelists:

Vivian Clecak, Human Options

Ray Novaco, UCI School of Social Ecology, Psychology and Social Behavior

Jane Stoever, UCI School of Law, Interdisciplinary Institute on Family Violence

Financial Stability: Improving Fiscal Fitness for our Youth

Facilitator

Tim Strauch, OneOC

Panelists:

Melissa Beck, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orange County

Kara Duckworth, Duckworth Wealth Advisors

Bill Maurer, UCI School of Social Sciences, Anthropology

Health: Raising Healthy Families

Facilitator

Deena Margolis, Focali Consulting LLC

Panelists:

Amy Buch, Orange County Health Care Agency

Michael Hochman, AltaMed

Jessica Solares, AltaMed

Dara Sorkin, UCI School of Medicine

Housing: Using Data to Reduce Homelessness

Facilitator

Tim Shaw, Empower/Excel

Panelists:

Elizabeth Cauffman, UCI School of Social Ecology, Psychology and Social Behavior

Jennifer Friend, Project Hope Alliance

Max Gardner, Orange County United Way

Jack Toan, Wells Fargo