As a part of the overall dynamic curriculum at UCBC, students can involve themselves in two academic institutes, the Institute for Integrative Research and Language Institute, to pursue their research agendas, learn from the wider community, and provide new curriculum and teaching to the community. Both serve as bridges between the academy and tangible praxis within the community. UCBC faculty, furthermore, are pivotal in leading students in programs within each Institute and in continuing their own research and writing.