dean's leadership society



The DLS provides an opportunity for alumni, parents, community, faculty and staff to support the school at various commitment levels, while receiving special recognition and opportunities to engage in the school’s growth. Members join an influential network of supporters and like-minded individuals who are deeply committed to enriching the UCI social sciences and university’s national prominence.

Gifts to the DLS support specific projects determined annually in consultation with DLS chairs and its Executive Committee. Past gifts have supported scholarships for UCDC students,  funds for faculty retention, and renovation and naming of a classroom used by social sciences’ student groups. Members that joined as Charter Members in 2014-15 received a brick in their name in the plaza outside of Social Science Plaza B, adjacent to the student activities room.  

Pictured: Inaugural members of the DLS at the future brick-naming site, 2014. Founded in fall that same year, the DLS had 64 members at the close of 2015.

“The Dean’s Leadership Society has brought much deserved attention and visibility to the amazing developments coming out of the School of Social Sciences and its acclaimed faculty,” says Claudia Keller, DLS co-chair. “When I was an undergrad, UCI was scratching the surface of national recognition. Today under the leadership of dean Maurer, we are truly world class. Zot!”

Co-chair Janice Cimbalo agrees: “Dean Bill Maurer’s visionary Dean’s Leadership Society has created a powerful bridge between the School of Social Sciences alumni and the student population that not only showcases the remarkable accomplishments of the school in UCI’s first 50 years, but also provides opportunities to enrich the current student body and continue to increase the school’s profile as a world-class educational institution.”

To learn more, please visit the Dean's Leadership Society website, or contact Liz Dahl,, directly.


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