UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


September 28, 2012
Young girls in foster care in Los Angeles are vulnerable to exploitation as sex workers and have little hope of support from a criminal justice system that treats victims of sexual abuse as criminals. That was the message delivered at a lunchtime forum at UCLA Luskin Thursday by a juvenile court judge and staffers from the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services that are leading a pilot program to give the girls the services they need. 
September 18, 2012
A trip to Europe sometime near the end of college seems like a rite of passage. And, a rite of passage is a fitting way to describe a European trip for four social welfare students. Although it wasn’t your typical backpacking journey through several countries. This trip, though, opened minds and taught lessons – things that can actually be put in practice by this foursome rather than just fill conversation.
September 06, 2012
Based on her recent research of finding the exact number medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, Dr. Bridget Freisthler has been able to share the details of her groundbreaking research in the city. Freisthler, a social welfare professor at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, has performed several television interviews with NBC and Fox in Los Angeles and has been interviewed by various print outlets.
September 04, 2012
With a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles looming, Social Welfare professor Bridget Freisthler conducted groundbreaking research funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to put a number on exactly how many dispensaries there are in the city limits. The final tally, 472 as of Tuesday – two days before the ban was to go into effect – is radically different than the amount of medical marijuana dispensaries believed to be in operation.


August 31, 2012
Social Welfare professor Fernando Torres-Gil,one of the nation's foremost experts on aging and gerontology, has identified the upcoming presidential election as one that wil have a major effect on a growing generation of older citizens. Torres-Gil, who is also the Director for the Center of Policy Research and Aging, answered some important questions hovering over the election and the public.
August 21, 2012
The California state Assembly has passed a bill, SB-9, on to the state Senate that would allow minors sentenced to life in prison the ability to apply for a new sentence. UCLA Luskin School social welfare professor, Laura Abrams, and social welfare student, Alea Bell, wrote a brief concerning the bill earlier this year that was handed out to all of the Assembly members.


July 11, 2012
Professor Todd Franke has been appointed chair of the Social Welfare department, Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., announced today. His appointment is effective immediately.


June 27, 2012
Ph.D./MSW candidate Sara Pilgreen is blogging from South Africa this summer, where she is living and working as an intern at the City of Johannesburg.After earning her bachelor's degree at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, Sara served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the island nation of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. She returned stateside to complete her M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University. During her graduate studies at UCLA Luskin she interned at The Village, an agency serving mentally ill homeless adults in Long Beach.
June 06, 2012
A common perception that medical marijuana dispensaries boost the crime rate in areas where they exist may not stand up to scrutiny, according to a recent study by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs researchers.