HISTORY & MISSION
The Center for Global, International & Regional Studies (CGIRS), established in 1996, through a merger of the Global Transformations ORU and the IGCC funded Stevenson College Program on Global Security, is the primary center for the study of international affairs at UCSC. CGIRS is also the institutional home for the Global Information Internship Program (GIIP) and manager of the campus programs for the UC Systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and the Pacific Rim.
CGIRS and its affiliates work to seek better understanding of the complex issues surrounding the environmental, economic, social and political structures of the 21st century, through innovative, thoughtful and critical faculty research, undergraduate curricula and public outreach, and policy analysis and action. Its programs and activities recognize that contemporary societies are anchored in specific regions and locales even as they are also linked to other places and levels by complex political, economic, social and cultural net works of communication and action.