By Ramin RajaiiUCLA Luskin Student WriterCharisma Acey MPP '98 UP Ph.D. '09 has been hard at work putting her knowledge to the test.After being one of the first people to graduate from UCLA’s public policy program, Acey was posted to Zimbabwe as part of Catholic Relief
Services, an official international humanitarian agency in the U.S. During
her stay, she was involved primarily in development work, specifically that of
human rights programming, micro financing and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Did you know that a group of over 20 UCLA Luskin students from the Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning departments recently traveled to Japan to learn about international policy? They are the latest feature in our ongoing "Did You Know?" series.
The way that Katherine Perez-Estolano fills out her
calendar, it’s a wonder that she was able to accept a high-profile seat on the
High Speed Rail Authority board.
In fact, when offered the position two years ago, the UCLA
Luskin School graduate had to decline.
“I came to the conclusion that two years ago, it wasn’t the
best timing,” Perez-Estolano said. “I was starting my business and you have to
contribute a good deal of your personal time and be committed” to be on the
By Ruby BolariaUCLA Luskin Student Writer I know women were not born afraid, that it is a social
construction, yet sometimes it can feel that way.
I cannot remember a time when I felt safe at every moment.
From walking through a dimly lit area, hearing catcalls while running, or
riding public transit late at night, women and girls are taught to always be
alert because of potential circumstances beyond our control.
Frankly it is very disempowering.
Bike highways, dense walkable cities and a policy focus on
improving the quality of life are lessons two UCLA Luskin School students
learned while on exchange programs in Europe.
Eric Johnson and India Brookover, both Masters of Urban Planning students, spent the Fall quarter at Sciences Po in Paris and
Hertie School of Governance Berlin respectively. In all, six UCLA Luskin students studied abroad in Paris and Berlin during the Fall term: Brookover, Johnson, and Public Policy students Yang Chen, Jared Erwin, Huatian Li and Lingxi Liu.
By Ruby BolariaUCLA Luskin Student Writer Drug deals, litter, Jack and the Box and freeways were
common themes in Elara High School students’ drawings of their East Los Angeles
The exercise was part of the first-ever Urban Planning Youth
Empowerment Conference at UCLA on Friday, April 12. The Planners of Color for
Social Equity (PCSE), a group formed by Urban Planning students, created the
event and hope to continue it annually.
Established in 1997, the Senior Fellows program pairs community leaders with UCLA Luskin School students in a mentorship role. This allows the students from all three departments - Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning - an inside look at careers in the public interest.This video gives an inside look at the students and mentors who have helped shape this program.
By Ruby BolariaUCLA Luskin Student Writer Taking public transportation with an energetic, rambunctious
child is hard enough.Now, imagine that child has autism.The condition brings another
set of challenges for caretakers, many of which are not understood.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy is the UCLA Luskin School's latest featured speaker in the ongoing "The Art of Leadership" video series.Deasy speaks about the important characteristics needed to be a leader, what the future of leadership holds and gives advice that can help shape tomorrow's leaders.
By Ramin RajaiiUCLA Luskin Student Writer “What kind of America do you want?”
This was the question posed by A. Barry Rand at the latest UCLA Luskin Lecture Series event. Rand is the CEO of AARP, the world's largest nonprofit,
nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals over the age of 50.