Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience (SLICR)

SISL 2015

About the Program

The UC Irvine Sustainability Resource Center (SRC) will host the annual institute for sustainability leadership for incoming April 22-24, 2022 on campus. Apply below to join us.

Developed at UCI, the Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience (SLICR) is a three-day residential intensive that provides participants with an overview of some of the major challenges and opportunities we face in building community climate resilience, as well as tools for action.

The program introduced a select cohort of students to:

  • Ways that climate change, racism and all social injustice, economic inequality, and our challenged democracy are connected;
  • Leadership skills that develop inner awareness and awareness of the interdependence of all life;
  • Key concepts and tools for changing systems and cultures such as intersectionality, decolonization, cultural narratives, collaborative problem solving, and systems thinking; and
  • Key concepts and tools for assessing and addressing one’s own ecological footprint in the context of our communities.

In so doing, students:

  • Gain first-hand experience of UCI’s sustainability landscape; including our campus’ carbon neutrality, sustainability, food action, and environmental justice communities;
  • Connect with sustainability youth leaders on campus, including SISL alumni, and community leaders;
  • Connect with student opportunities in research, education, and community engagement; and
  • Develop ‘next-steps’ regarding their place as sustainability and social justice leaders on campus.

The institute has its roots in UCI’s Student Institute for Sustainability Leadership (SISL). Many SISL alumni have gone on to become key campus leaders in these areas and have shaped their academic pursuits accordingly. With SLICR training happening across multiple UC campuses, a UC-wide cohort of transformative change makers is emerging. We invite you to become part of it. Learn more about the SISL experience in previous years in the sidebar menu.

Now accepting applications through March 15, 2022.

Apply Here


The 2022 training is free of charge to participants. Meals will be provided. (Accommodations are not provided. Students will be dismissed each evening to their personal accommodations/housing.) Please note: full attendance at all sessions of the training is required for participation. Sessions will be interactive and require active participation in group breakout sessions and brief presentations. Facilitation will be in English. We aim for this training to be fully accessible. Please let us know in your application if you need any accommodations. Though priority will be given to incoming first-year and transfer students, the course will be open to all UCI undergraduate students. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach us at

About the Team

Aryeh Shell will facilitate the training. Aryeh is a Lead Training Partner with UCI Community Resilience Projects. She is a professional facilitator, instructional designer, and coach with more than 15 years of experience in popular education, Theatre of the Oppressed, team-building, and transformative facilitation. Read more. The support team for the training includes Rachel Harvey, Alyssa Romea, and 5 undergraduate student mentors.

This event is sponsored by UCI Student Housing and UCI Sustainability Resource Center.