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The Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (CPEPR, prounounced “sea-pepper”), is a student-initiated center created in January 2000 in the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Education. CPEPR’s mission is to promote and support popular education and participatory research in order to strengthen the participation of everyday people–especially the poor, youth, immigrants, and people of color–in efforts for social justice.

CPEPR has three primary goals:

  • To produce and share useful knowledge among community organizations, their members, and the academic community
  • To facilitate working partnerships between the university and community organizations engaged in popular education and participatory research
  • To educate and support graduate students and others to work with community organizations and within universities in the fields of popular education and participatory research