Community Engagement


The SBS Community Engagement program leverages faculty and staff expertise to deepen mutual collaboration and knowledge bases between the College and the wider Tucson community, and to strengthen the College’s civic commitments through change-oriented events and programs.

Community Events

Downtown Lecture Series
Annual series of SBS faculty lectures on current topics of general interest, held at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson.

Tucson Festival of Books
SBS faculty and invited authors discuss their recently published books and a variety of current events-related topics for a broad audience in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent and other venues throughout this annual festival.

Tucson Meet Yourself
Annual three-day celebration of the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona's and Northern Mexico's diverse ethnic and folk communities, produced by the Southwest Folklife Alliance.

Special Events with Noam Chomsky
Public talks and panel discussions featuring the founder of modern linguistics and one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, Noam Chomsky, who joined the SBS faculty in fall 2017.

Lifelong Learning and Professional Development Courses

Community Classroom
Quality education series bringing top UA professors together with lifelong learners and working professionals in the Tucson community.

K-12 Programs

Community and School Garden Program
Internship-based course centered in the School of Geography and Development that uses school gardens as educational tools.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies K-12 Program
One of only 19 National Resource Centers in the United States coordinating programming related to the Middle East and North Africa for K-12 educators.

Community Partnerships

Raúl and Patricia Castro Border Studies and Outreach Center
Historic home of former Arizona governor Raúl H. Castro and his wife Patricia M. Castro in Nogales, Arizona, renovated to house a variety of initiatives: a center for documentary arts youth mentoring; a creative space for visiting artists and scholars; a co-working space for young leaders and entrepreneurs; a teaching kitchen, and; an incubator for food-business startups.

Center for Regional Food Studies
SBS center for interdisciplinary studies and community dialogue on change in regional food systems.

Dunbar African American Culture Center
Historic school under renovation to become a center for cultural expression in the Dunbar/John Spring neighborhood, and housing exhibits on the historical experiences and cultural contributions of African-Americans in the Greater Southwest.

Poverty in Tucson Project
Spring semester undergraduate sociology course that involves students in a scientific inquiry into problems related to poverty in Tucson.

Southwest Folklife Alliance
SBS-affiliated nonprofit that aims to build more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage and diversity in the Greater Southwest.

The Loft Cinema
Nonprofit independent movie theater showing indie, documentary, and classic films, and dedicated to creating community through film.

Tucson City of Gastronomy
Nonprofit managing Tucson’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation and supporting southern Arizona’s creative food cultures.