Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience (SLICR)

Developed at UCI, the Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience (SLICR) is a three-day intensive program 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 takes place on campus.

SLICR occurs on an annual basis for UCI students. Priority is given to first-year and transfer students, but all UCI students are encouraged to apply. For more information, please review the information below. If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to us.

The SLICR program intends to introduce concepts and skills that advance community climate resilience. Student participants will find ways that climate change, racism, and all social injustice, economic inequality, and our challenged democracy are connected. Leadership skill development curriculum helps participants develop inner awareness and awareness of interdependence of all life. Some of the key concepts and tools covered for changing systems and cultures are intersectionality, decolonization, cultural narratives, collaborative problem solving, and systems thinking. We also provide tools for assessing and addressing one’s own ecological footprint in the context of our communities.

Through the program, student participants gain first-hand experience of UCI’s sustainability landscape and goals while connecting to campus and community leaders. Student participants also get connected to student opportunities in research, education, and community engagement. Finally, student participants 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) and other trainings that have taken place across UCI. Many SISL alumni have gone on to become key campus leaders in these areas and have shaped their academic pursuits accordingly. UCI’s SLICR curriculum has been recognized as a best practice by the University of California and many other UC campuses have adopted the program. With SLICR trainings happening across multiple UC campuses, a UC-wide cohort of transformative change makers is emerging.

Learn more about the SISL experience in previous years:

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Contact Information

Room G458, Fourth Floor Student Center South in the R.I.S.E. Suite

Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM

(949) 824-2826

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SLICR 2023

March 30th – April 1st

The 11th annual Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience at UCI will take place on March 30th through April 1st. Students that wish to participate must complete the application by February 26th to be fully considered. Please keep in mind that this program will take place during spring break.

The training is free of charge to participants. Meals will be provided during the three-day program. (Accommodations are not provided. Students will be dismissed each evening to their personal accommodations/housing.)

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

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