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
Social Welfare professor Dr. Alfreda Iglehart has been teaching at UCLA Luskin since 1987. But did you know she has also run 37 marathons and 28 half-marathons? She is our latest feature subject in our ongoing "Did You Know?" series.
By Ramin RajaiiUCLA Luskin Student Writer You constantly hear of
the major challenges plaguing the current U.S. healthcare system. But what you
often don’t hear are the innovative strides underway to propel the country
towards sustainable and improved patient-centered care.
Andrea Sorensen, a 2012 Public Policy graduate of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is amidst this world of change.
As part of an evaluation team led by Westat, Inc., Social Welfare professor Laura Abrams has been awarded
a three-year grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to evaluate their
transition age foster youth strategy. The grant, in partnership with Westat and Hunter College, will allow Abrams to study youth transitioning out of
foster care in Los Angeles and New York City.
There are three key components to Abrams’ upcoming work, as
illustrated in the Hilton Foundation program strategy:
By Ramin RajaiiUCLA Luskin Student Writer How is a military man supposed to assimilate back into society
following a traumatic experience abroad?
UCLA senior Andrew Nicholls served eight years in the U.S.
Army, including a year in Iraq, providing him with a unique perspective on the
Social Welfare professor Dr. Lené Levy-Storms has received a grant from the Archstone Foundation to conduct a study titled: "Creating Caring Connections: An Interdisciplinary Intervention to Reduce Intergenerational and Intercultural Barriers to Communication among Caregivers for Persons with Dementia in Nursing Homes."
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 can’t 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.
It was more than being a teenage mother, a life-altering
event in itself.
It was more than having a child barely after being allowed
to have a driver’s license.
It was more than blinking hard, realizing you’re 15, a high
school dropout, married, working at Kentucky Fried Chicken and soon thereafter,
holding a baby in your arms.
It was the moments after, the days and weeks when the
teenage Debra Duardo was standing there and a revolving door of specialists
were telling her things she couldn’t comprehend.