With their growing influence on policy Asian Americans are now key players in electoral politics and voting behavior. Important questions regarding decisions by minority groups such as Asians have sprung into the mind of those fomulating public opinion. Are they influential? Do they tend to vote as liberals or conservatives? What is their polling turnout compared to other groups? Voice of America recently asked these questions to Professor Paul Ong to guage the seemily equal influence of Asian American voters.
Education for incarcerated youth is largely a neglected issue, as social concerns have dismissed these juveniles to be too difficult to teach. Washington D.C's New Beginning Youth Development Center's Maya Angelou Academy, a charter school within a juvenile lock down facility, decided to educate youth through a diverse curriculum and supportive environment. By doing so, the facility turned around the lives of youth and came out with positive results.
Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy, was honored on October 27, 2010 by Angeles Plaza City View during the organization's 30th anniversary celebration. Opened in 1980, Angelus Plaza is the largest affordable housing community for older adults in the nation.
A new study in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, “A Spatial Analysis of Risks and Resources for Reentry Youth in Los Angeles County” by assistant professor Bridget Freisthler, and associate professor Laura Abrams, both of Social Welfare Department, measures the rate of juvenile offenders released into each of Los Angeles County's 272 ZIP codes and examines specific neighborhood-level factors that could play a significant role in their reintegration or recidivism.
THE MSW Diversity Caucus is hosting its annual Diversity Fair on November 13, 2010. The event, organized by students and hosted with Department of Social Welfare faculty and staff, is one of the department's outreach events to attract talented potential social workers from many different backgrounds into the profession.
Robert Schilling, chair of the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, was ranked among the top five scholars in terms of the number of HIV/AIDS-related publications (39) and number one in the number of citations (1177), as reported in the article “HIV/AIDS Scholarship: An Analysis of Groundbreaking Programs and Individuals” in the journal, Social Work in Health Care.
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, a UCLA Department of Urban Planning alumnus, delivered the keynote address during the 2010 UCLA School of Public Affairs school-wide orientation for incoming students.Speaking at the Sept. 21 event, Reyes shared stories about growing up in Los Angeles, being a graduate student at UCLA and his work with the Los Angeles City Council.Watch his full speech below.
Second year master’s student from Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning needed to work as a Graduate Student Researcher in fall, winter and spring quarters to assist Dean Frank Gilliam on his spring 2011 course, “Strategic Communications, Social Justice and Public Policy." In fall and winter, this student will help Dean Gilliam in the research and design of the course. In spring, the student will help prepare weekly lecture notes and powerpoint presentations for each class.COURSE DESCRIPTION (DRAFT):
Homeboy Industries, the LA-based gang intervention program founded and run by Father Gregory Boyle, recently received a $1.3-million contract from Los Angeles County supervisors to continue their program for at-risk youth. The contract will make it possible for Homeboy to hire 20 job trainees and provide services such as tattoo removal and employment counseling to over 600 individuals. Additionally, Homeboy has decided to use a portion of the funds to contract with UCLA researchers currently involved in a 5-year longitudinal study of the organization.
Social Welfare Professor Yeheskel "Zeke" Hasenfeld was recently selected by the Society for Social Work and Research to be the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Career and Achievement Award. The award recognizes Professor Hasenfeld's social work over the years, his level of innovation and research, and impact towards those in the field.