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
The Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL)
released a white paper at the State Capitol on Wednesday, August 28, highlighting research from the UCLA Luskin School
of Public Affairs that revealed a core problem in Los Angeles County that is
impacting quality of life for urban communities: the middle class is declining
with the stagnation of income levels and job opportunities.
In February 2013, City of Los Angeles unveiled its first
pair of parklets. Six months forward, UCLA Luskin and affiliated researchers
have found the parklets bring an improved quality of life to residents and
visitors along the Spring Street corridor.
Federal law gives the Justice Department better options in
dealing with marijuana legalization in Colorado and the state of Washington than
a complete crackdown, simple acquiescence or a policy of muddling through,
according to an article by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA
Luskin School of Public Affairs.
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.