Outreach is a central component to the mission of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Most departments offer lectures and colloquia that are open to the public and many faculty members give presentations to community groups. In addition, SBS has two Title VI units, which have extensive outreach components:
• The Center for Middle Eastern Studies delivers outreach through workshops for K-12 educators, is active in bringing Middle East studies to the community through public forums and cultural events, and organizes workshops for media, law enforcement, business, and federal, state and local agencies.
• The Center for Latin American Studies offers a variety of materials, including curriculum units, videos and books, available on loan to K-12 Educators and University Professors. Their student speakers’ bureau is designed to serve as a resource for K-12 teachers. The Center also offers frequent workshops about Latin America for local teachers and businesses and works with community groups and other departments to bring distinguished Latin Americans to campus.
SBS faculty members also engage in various research projects and outreach activities that benefit the community in tangible ways.
Anthropologists Mark and Mimi Nichter develop tobacco cessation programs in India and Indonesia. They have trained hundreds of doctors in tobacco cessation in both countries.
Professor Chris Segrin is a chair of the Community Justice Board in the Pima County Attorney's Office. Segrin and communication interns work with youth offenders, their parents, and their victims. The project significantly reduces the case load of the Pima Country DA office, helps to rehabilitate youth and families, and results in demonstrably lower recidivism rate among youth offender participants.
Geography and Development
Professor Sally Marston is currently working with students on an edible schoolyard project with Maynards, a downtown restaurant. They are helping restaurant staff to work with a local high school to develop a school garden to teach students about local food, culture, and politics.
Multiple faculty and graduate students are involved with the “Teach History Grant” with Tucson Unified School District, helping middle school teachers develop curriculum on American history.
Lisa Button teaches "Cat Scan," an online magazine focusing on environmental issues primarily occurring in the Southwest, especially Southern Arizona. The magazine includes coverage of local non-profits and community organizations. It helps people make more informed choices and decisions regarding sustainability, a growing concern in all regions.
Professor Michael Gill is a member of the UMC Medical Ethics Committee. He provides Bioethics Lectures to hospital staffs.
School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS)
SIRLS places students in 35-50 internships per year, undertaking various projects in public, academic and school libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations.
Big Jim Griffith, with support from Maribel Alvarez, puts on the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, which has a large community-wide impact.
Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW)
SIROW currently has a $1,750,000 grant to provide case management, substance abuse and mental health treatment, HIV education and testing and evaluation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth ages 15 to 23 year.