While many who have worked, or do their work, inside the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs have made a great impact on the city of Los Angeles – and in other places around the world – two people associated with the School were recently honored by a pair of L.A. publications.
Nurit Katz, a 2009 Master's of Public Policy grad, was honored as teaching one of Los Angeles' best classes by LA Weekly  and Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Welfare, Jorja Leap, was named one of Los Angeles' 50 most influential women by Los Angeles Magazine .
Katz is UCLA's Chief Sustainability Officer and her class "Principles of Sustainability I: Environmental Dimenson" is taught at UCLA Extension. It was named one of LA Weekly's best classes in the city during the publication's annual "Best of L.A." issue.
"A perfect blend of theory, empirical evidence, sobering conclusions and inspiring optimism, this course pushes beyond the boundaries of 'going green' and forces students to reconsider some of their most fundamental beliefs about humanity's role in the world," student Ian Kenny told LA Weekly. "This course set the stage for a variety of courses that I would go on to take over the next year and a half, allowing me to view new and exciting course material through a critical and vibrant new lens."
Leap, who authored the book, "Jumped In"  was named one of Los Angeles Magazine's "Game Changers" — an honor bestowed to just 50 Los Angeles women each year.
"It's not enough to lecture about gang violence," the magazine reads, "UCLA adjunct professor Jorja Leap is out listening in the projects, identifying what works and who's making a difference. Her memoir, Jumped In, is a bible of L.A. race relations."
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