Spring 2024 Project Retreat


During the week of March 11th, SEISMIC will be hosting a space for project teams to work at the University of California Irvine. We hope teams can find this in-person meeting time useful to push forward SEISMIC-related work.

Project Information

We have three different project teams attending the UC Irvine Project Retreat. Information on each team and project can be found below:

UC Irvine SELC Team

Overview: “Not only will this allow us a set time and space for us to dive deeper into the equity reports and dissemination plan, but we will be able to interface with other SELCs attending the meeting to further build community and share ideas.”

Working Days: March 11-15

Contact: Matthew Mahavongtrakul (mmahavon@uci.edu)

SELC Project

SELC Writing Project

Overview: “We will use this in-person time to work collaboratively on several products about the SELC project. We’ll use a mix of team discussion and individual or small-group writing time. We’ll leave this retreat with a clear plan for how to complete our five writing projects.”

Working Days: March 11-13

Contact: Nita Tarchinski (nitaked@umich.edu)


SELC Project

Office Hours Project: Next Steps

Overview: “Our team will be mainly focusing on two main activities: We are currently working on finishing up a manuscript for a qualitative paper and we will be planning the next steps necessary to advance a proposal that we submitted to the NSF IUSE program. The results of the call for the proposal have not been disclosed yet, but if we are awarded the grant we must prepare for the next stages of the planning process. If the award is not granted, we will come together to readjust our proposal to resubmit in the next application round. All these activities are far more productive in an in-person format than in an online environment.”

Working Days: March 15-17

Contact: Lalo Gonzalez (laloglz@ucsb.edu )


Working Space Reservations

AIRB 3010

Monday 3/11: 9 am -5 pm

Tuesday 3/12: 11 am – 12 pm, 4 – 5 pm

Wednesday 3/13: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday 3/15: 9 am – 5 pm

AIRB 3082

Monday 3/11: 9 am -5 pm

Tuesday 3/12: 9 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 3/13: 9 am – 5 pm

Thursday 3/14: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday 3/15: 9 am – 5 pm

AIRB 3193

Monday 3/11: 9 am -5 pm

Tuesday 3/12: 9 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 3/13: 9 am – 5 pm

Thursday 3/14: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday 3/15: 9 am – 5 pm

McGaugh Hall 3248

Saturday 3/16: 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday 3/17: 9 am – 5 pm

Hotel Information

We are staying at the Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa. The address is 325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The phone number for the hotel is 714-549-0300.

The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to and from the John Wayne/Orange County Airport. Shuttle services begin at 5:15 am and end at 10:30 pm.

Fun Things in the Area



Flower Child: “fresh, healthy and fun food made with ingredients from close to home for all of the Flower Children in your life.” – 1302 Bison Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Northern Cafe: Chinese restaurant – 4175 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612, 949-418-7309

Memphis Cafe: “serves a variety of comfort food dishes amid midcentury digs with a hip vibe” – 2920 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714) 432-7685

True Food Kitchen: “Relaxed, eco-chic chain serving health-conscious fare, including vegan options, plus cocktails.” – 451 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, (949) 644-2400

Hen House Grill: “Casual Persian eatery offering a rotisserie-style birds, chicken kebabs, wraps & traditional plates.” – 4515 Campus Dr B, Irvine, CA 92612, (949) 786-2000



Please use the following Google Form to require reimbursement after the Project Retreat. Please note that you must request reimbursement within 10 business days of the end of the retreat.