On February 18, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs held its 7th annual School of Public Affairs Day at Los Angeles City Hall.
Hosted each year by City Controller Wendy Greuel, the annual event brings graduate students from the Departments of Public Policy, Urban Planning and Social Welfare, to downtown LA to study an urban social policy issue impacting the city of Los Angeles. This year, the topic was "How should the City of Los Angeles prioritize its renewable energy goals while creating accountability to the DWP ratepayers?"
Two faculty members of the Department of Social Welfare, associate professor Laura Abrams and assistant professor Bridget Freisthler, recently completed a report for the County of Los Angeles titled the "Young Offender Reentry Blueprint," which was presented at a summit on juvenile justice, "Off the Page and Into Reality: A Call to Action to Implement the Los Angeles County Blueprint for Youth and Young Adult Reentry," held in downtown Los Angeles on February 16.
On Jan. 13, James C. (Buddy) Howell spoke at UCLA as part of "GANGS: Strategies to Break the Cycle of Violence," a 2010-2011 speaker series at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. The series addresses gang issues—both in Los Angeles and on a national scale—with special focus on current knowledge of gang operations, intervention strategies, effective support services and policy recommendations.
Civil rights attorney and gang intervention strategist Connie Rice doesn’t mince words to describe her philosophy on social change and crime prevention, “I expect action,” she told the crowd of nearly 150 students, faculty, and visitors at UCLA, “and if I don’t get action, I’ll sue you.”
by Brian Wren, MSW '10When I was in my second year of social work school, I was placed at a local Los Angeles hospital. In November 2009, I rotated onto the respiratory intensive care unit located in the brand new critical care tower. The ICUs in the tower were truly the peak of medical care: they had all of the best medical equipment money could buy, a roster of the best specialty doctors in the city, and a staff of nurses that was exquisitely trained in every aspect of care. All of which were stymied by a patient named Charles.
By Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D. and Nancy J. Williams, MSWOften, the research carried out on social welfare problems does not seem to affect what actually takes place in practice. Research seems inaccessible to practitioners; studies are designed and findings interpreted without input from those working in the field. In the case of this study, however, we have been able to use recent research findings combined with practice experience to help understand the findings and suggest clear and practical recommendations for the field.
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.