Fate, or some variation of it, has been a major part of
Cathy Oloo’s life.
It’s what has shuttled her between California and Kenya.
It’s what brought her to the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. It’s what
helped her earn a prestigious scholarship, the only American — and one of just
three people worldwide — to be awarded a generous gift.
And, it’s what ties all of these things together in her
Oloo has always had ties to UCLA. Her father, Tom
Hinnebusch, has studied and taught Swahili and linguistics on campus since 1968.
The unofficial motto of the UCLA Luskin School of Public
Affairs comes from its dean, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Oftentimes he says that
students and alumni from UCLA Luskin are “changing the world — one place, one
project, one person at a time.”
Joy Chen is taking on a slightly larger role in her efforts,
adding “one generation” to that refrain.
“I’m interested in changing the world, which is a carryover
from my Urban Planning days,” says Chen, a 1998 graduate of the program, “but
the way I’m changing the world is by helping women in China.”
Take a moment and think of a big city. What is one of the
first images to flash through your mind?
A landmark? A building, perhaps?
What about the way certain parts of a city take shape? What
Monday marks the beginning of a new era for Urban Planning professor Ted Bardacke. Los Angeles' new mayor, Eric Garcetti, recently named Bardacke the Deputy Director of the new Los Angeles Office of Sustainability. His role begins Aug. 19.
Government agencies and systems are extraordinarily complex and
under virtually constant demand. Yet those who manage these systems—and deliver
critical services such as emergency response, transportation, policing,
education, and the like—have few resources to draw upon as they tackle immense
management challenges, observes UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
graduate Eric S. Lee.
By Judy LinUCLA Today What was it like to spend virtually every waking hour as Barack Obama’s personal aide, responsible for everything from keeping him on schedule to providing him with mouthwash, aspirin and the latest headline news?
Why do some cities grow economically while others decline? Why do some show sustained economic performance while others cycle up and down? Those are the questions that UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs professor Michael Storper answers in his new book, which is now available for purchase.
The Luskin Forum, a twice-annual publication from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is now available. The issue, which focuses on leadership, is free and can be read online by clicking here.With stories featuring current and future leaders from all three departments — Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning — the issue sports a new and advanced look that allows UCLA Luskin to cover much more than previous versions of the Forum did.