Jacqueline Leavitt, Director
The Community Scholars Program is a joint initiative of UCLA's Department of Urban Planning and the Center for Labor Research and Education that recognizes the important role that community and labor leaders play in shaping community development policy in Los Angeles.
By bringing together labor and community leaders with urban planning students to study issues in depth, the program provides these community leaders with a forum in which to develop and further skills required to influence policy.
The Community Scholars Program offers an opportunity for community and labor leaders, regardless of their educational background, to participate in a special applied research project seminar along with graduate students for two academic quarters. The project always culminates in a unique product designed by the Scholars and students. Students who complete the program receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA Urban Planning Department
The Community Scholars Program is free to selected participants. Community Scholars receive the same access to faculty advisors, library services, and other academic resources and privileges granted to full–time students. Scholars are responsible for their own parking and course materials