Turning Los Angeles’ toxic hotspot neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities has moved one step closer to reality with the release of the UCLA Luskin 2014 Community Scholars’ report. Combining the sophisticated research skills of 20 second-year UCLA Urban Planning graduate students with the deep community knowledge of 20 social justice leaders from some of L.A.’s most cutting-edge organizations, the report prposes solutions for the environmental justice challenges faced by the areas which are the focus of the Clean Up Green Up campaign.
About the UCLA Community Scholars Program
The Community Scholars Program was created in 1991 as a joint initiative of UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning and the Center for Labor Research and Education in recognition of the important role that community and labor leaders, organizers, and artists play in shaping community development policy in Los Angeles. The program provides an opportunity for these key players, regardless of their formal education background, to participate in a special applied research seminar along with graduate students.
About the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education
The UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education is a vital resource for research, education,and policy development to help create jobs that are good for workers and their communities, to improve the quality of existing jobs in the low-wage economy, and to strengthen the process of immigrant integration, especially among students and youth. In 2002, it opened the Downtown Labor Center in MacArthur Park to serve as a bridge between UCLA and the City’s union headquarters, worker centers, and diverse community organizations, as well as a centrally located urban classroom for the UCLA Community Scholars Program.
About Michele Prichard, Director of Common Agenda, Liberty Hill Foundation
Michele Prichard is the Director of Common Agenda at the Liberty Hill Foundation. Liberty Hill is now considered one of the most innovative public foundations in the country for its grantmaking, leadership training and alliance-building programs. Michele has served in a leadership capacity for the California Health and Environmental Funders Network, LA Urban Funders, the Southern California Association for Philanthropy, and the Working Group on Labor and Community. In April 2012, Michele received the Distinguished Service Award from the Council on Foundations, the association’s highest honor. Michele is a member of the Board of Directors of the Venice Community Housing Corporation and GREEN LA. She was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2011 to the Board of the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation. Michele has served as a Senior Fellow in the UCLA School of Public Affairs since 2007, where she earned her M.A. in Urban Planning in 1989.