strategic plan

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our message:

This is not your standard strategic plan…because we are not your standard school. Like Peter, our beloved Anteater mascot, we’re quirky and different. And we aren’t afraid to break the mold in order to adapt to our increasingly interconnected world.

We live in a time where political, environmental and ethical affairs intersect with health, economic and social issues to impact – in both good and bad ways – how we live and function as a society. The challenges and opportunities brought on by these 21st century social shifts know no boundaries - they stop at no border, they aren’t limited to one discipline, and their effects will be felt well into the futures of our children and grandchildren.

That’s why we, in the UCI School of Social Sciences, believe that they must be met head on through innovative social research, world-class teaching and outreach that truly makes a difference.

bobby barzi
  bobby barzi '94  super dada
who showcases the importance of fatherhood through Fodada, his company that connects dads and kids

For the past 50 years, we’ve been working hard toward that goal. But we realize there is still much to be done. Laid out in the following pages is our guiding mission for the coming years and the attitude, aims and actions that will get us there. At the heart of our bold plan are people – faculty, staff, students, alumni and community friends – who aren’t afraid to forge a new path. To be boundaryless in search of solutions that create positive change in society, economies and human well-being.

If you’re someone who gets as excited as we do about these possibilities, join us in our pursuit.

Bill Maurer, Dean

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our mission:


[by breaking down traditional barriers & pushing the limits
in teaching, research & service]


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