UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


December 07, 2010
The fall/winter 2011 issue of the new UCLA School of Public Affairs magazine, Newsforum, is now available in print and online.


November 30, 2010
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.
November 18, 2010
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.”
November 17, 2010
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.
November 05, 2010
By Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D. and Nancy J. Williams, MSWOften, the research carried out on social welfare problems does not seem to affect what actually takes place in practice.  Research seems inaccessible to practitioners; studies are designed and findings interpreted without input from those working in the field. In the case of this study, however, we have been able to use recent research findings combined with practice experience to help understand the findings and suggest clear and practical recommendations for the field.
November 04, 2010
With their growing influence on policy Asian Americans are now key players in electoral politics and voting behavior. Important questions regarding decisions by minority groups such as Asians have sprung into the mind of those fomulating public opinion.  Are they influential? Do they tend to vote as liberals or conservatives? What is their polling turnout compared to other groups? Voice of America recently asked these questions to Professor Paul Ong to guage the seemily equal influence of Asian American voters.
November 04, 2010
Education for incarcerated youth is largely a neglected issue, as social concerns have dismissed these juveniles to be too difficult to teach. Washington D.C's New Beginning Youth Development Center's Maya Angelou Academy, a charter school within a juvenile lock down facility, decided to educate youth through a diverse curriculum and supportive environment. By doing so, the facility turned around the lives of youth and came out with positive results.
November 03, 2010
This election season, the nation turned its focus on California as a barometer of public discussion and policymaking.  On three of the major ballot initiatives that drew national attention, faculty from the UCLA School of Public Affairs brought their expertise into the public sphere to discuss the possible consequences of this year’s vote:  
November 02, 2010
What does it mean to be rich in Los Angeles? Public Policy Professor Michael Stoll spoke with American Public Media's Marketplace on the issue of what $250,000 buys an individual in two distinct LA neighborhoods. Separated by six miles, Stoll describes Rodeo Road and Rodeo Drive to have substantially different standards of living, household incomes, and crime rates. The story explores varying perspectives and lifestyles within Los Angeles, and what an average American lifestyle really resembles.


October 29, 2010
Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy, was honored on October 27, 2010 by Angeles Plaza City View during the organization's 30th anniversary celebration.  Opened in 1980, Angelus Plaza is the largest affordable housing community for older adults in the nation.