Welcome to CCW

The Center for Community Well-being (CCW) is an interdisciplinary, university-community collaborative between the University of California, San Diego and non-profits, schools, community centers, and residents of southeast San Diego's Fourth District. Its primary goals:

  • Improve education, health, safety, economic and social development in underserved communities of southeast San Diego;
  • Provide opportunities to improve graduate and undergraduate education through fieldwork in the community;
  • Research, develop, prototype and deploy affordable, accessible and culturally appropriate technologies in the context of the target community; and
  • Engage local communities in collaborative projects that cut across existing community institutions.

By engaging with the southeast San Diego community in a collaborative fashion, CCW aims to address what is widely agreed to be a central barrier to community well-being: the long-standing and deeply entrenched failure of local entities to communicate and collaborate with each other to confront challenges that can only be overcome through large-scale collaboration. CCW cuts across academic disciplines to serve as a catalyst for local community organizations by offering scientific and educational programs that previously worked in isolation. Through CCW, students, faculty and community members work together to define challenges and create solutions that are locally relevant and valued, so that all parties involved can work toward a collective goal and vision.