A $50 million gift from two generous UCLA alumni has now set the stage for a transformation of the UCLA School of Public Affairs. In recognition of this tremendous investment, the School will be re-named The UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs, effective March 18, 2011.
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.
The American Planning Association (APA) has selected Urban Planning Alumnus Alvaro Huerta to receive the 2011 National Planning Achievement Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff.
The award honors a project, group or individual for promoting diversity or demonstrating a sustained social commitment to advocacy within the planning field. The award honors the late APA member, Paul Davidoff, for his contributions to the planning field.
For the 11th time in the past fourteen years, a UCLA Urban Planning student has won an award for the best transportation policy and planning master’s project, thesis, or dissertation from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in Washington, DC. The CUTC (http://cutc.tamu.edu) was established in 1979 as the umbrella organization representing more than 70 major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States.
Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman was recently featured on NPR to discuss new figures showing a "spectacularly dramatic" drop in homicide rates in both Los Angeles and nationwide. Speculation behind these numbers consider an increase in officers, gang crackdowns, neighborhood initiatives, socio-economic changes, and policing strategies.
Associate professor of public policy Andrew Sabl recently wrote a strategy memo that was published in The Democratic Strategist, a journal of public opinion and political strategy.In the piece, Sabl puts forward the idea that "Obama cannot be an activist, an organizer and a legislator at the same time. He is right to redefine himself but has not successfully made one coherent role his own."Read the complete article.
Most Los Angeles nonprofit organizations continue to struggle with declining revenue and increased demand, and there's no end in sight, according to a new report released by the Center for Civil Society at the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
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.