The BPOCSRC creates and implements student-centered, research-driven and database-oriented programs as part of its mission to train students in archival, storytelling, and multimedia work.


Summer Fellows Program
Paid summer fellowship

The UCI Humanities Center, Sponsoring Departments and private donors provide funding for graduate and undergraduate students to work for 10 weeks (June - August). The fellows learn archival practices, oral history skills, digital humanities tools, and documentary filmmaking skills in addition to implementing traditional research skills. Graduate-level fellows commit to 20 hours per week while undergraduates complete 10 hours per week.

Past Programs

Humanities Out There
2021-2022 Academic year internship

The UCI Humanities Center provided academic credit to students who  interned with The BPOCSRC during the 2021-2022 academic year. Interns focussed on Oakland Community School research and completed archival work in The Black Panther and other newspapers.


Art | Power | Community

A|P|C showcases the ways artistic expression both reflects and forges community.

A|P|C is an outgrowth of the OCS Project’s participation in the October 2021 commemorative events in Oakland, CA, that marked the 55th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP) for Self-Defense that was founded in 1966 by Bobby Seale and the late Huey P. Newton. Art was a central component of all events and the events were held in community spaces that were central to BPP history across the decades.

The OCS Project Podcast

In Their Own Words is the official podcast of The Oakland Community School Project.

The inaugural podcast season features 2021 BPOCSRC interns discussing their K-12 educational experiences. They also reflect on OCS ideas and practice and how collaboratively working together as interns impacted their perspective on education today and moving forward.

The OCS Digital Yearbook Project

The Digital Yearbook Project brings OCS history to life.

The Oakland Community School Digital Yearbook Project (DYP) is a platform to present an interactive history, using DH tools to bring the history to life. Interns and fellows conduct research and transcribe interviews as part of the platform-building process.