Twice each year, UCLA Luskin produces a series of stories to highlight our latest projects, publicize recent research advances and introduce our alumni and friends to the various personalities who make the School special. Those stories are collected in a printed magazine known as the Luskin Forum and also distributed via our website. Here is a snapshot of stories in recent Luskin Forums.

Current Issue

The UCLA Luskin Trailblazers — the first Bruins to complete the School’s new bachelor of arts in public affairs — celebrated the milestone during an in-person, physically distanced ceremony on campus in June.

The cover story for this issue of the magazine goes into detail about the fast-growing program and how its energetic students are already making an impact through research and political activism.

Also highlighted is a special report about four of the Trailblazers. They shared personal reflections about their lives and kept photo journals that captured the joys and challenges of a senior year that took place remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All 5 New Faculty Additions Have Prior UCLA Experience
Incoming scholars whose expertise includes economic inequality, immigration, political participation, history and the Black experience, environmental economics, poverty, land use and transportation.

New Degrees to Benefit Working Professionals
Dual-degree program and proposed master’s in public administration will focus on cities, political issues and societal challenges from international and leadership perspectives

From Professional Skateboarder to Urban Planner
Photographer-turned-student changes course after more than 10 years working in the skateboard industry

Message From the Dean
After month upon month of a global pandemic and a national political crisis, two words stand out — renewal and resilience.

In Support of UCLA Luskin
Gifts and new initiatives focus on equality, patient care, gay sexuality, research and public discourse.

Alumni Notes
UCLA Luskin alumni provide suicide counseling, earn honors and found businesses seeking to change society for the better.

Alumni Accolades
Some of the recent career changes,  promotions and added responsibilities experienced by graduates of UCLA Luskin.

Previous Issue

This issue focuses on faculty, staff and students at UCLA Luskin who make a difference and people like VC Powe, whose legacy represents a lasting impact.

Tapping Into People’s Passion to Do Good
Paul Ong and the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge have already issued dozens of research papers on the impacts of the pandemic — often without securing funding first.

Social Welfare Seeks to Dismantle Anti-Blackness
Students, faculty and alumni examine curriculum and address racial disparities in social work education.

Advisory Boards Provide Inspiration, Perspective
Volunteer committees connect UCLA Luskin’s scholars to officials, community leaders and philanthropists.

Defending the Right to Vote
The U.S. election of 2020 showed how critical efforts like the two-year-old UCLA Voting Rights Project had become.

Message From the Dean
The year 2020 is etched in our memories forever. And we will be living with the consequences for a long time to come.

In Support of UCLA Luskin
Fellowships, memorial funds, alumni donations and other support for UCLA Luskin students, faculty and research.

Alumni Notes
Alumna leads parks department; former city manager writes humor book; L.A. County Mental Health deputy retires.

Alumni Accolades
UCLA Luskin graduates pass along word about job changes, new accomplishments and other career updates.

Stories From Earlier Issues

Rising to the Challenge
When the coronavirus pandemic changed the world, UCLA Luskin acted quickly, moving to remote instruction and virtual platforms for many events — including commencement.

Called to Action
We profile some of the many UCLA Luskin students already making a difference in the world. It’s not just about pursuing an education for them, it’s a call to action!

This Election Year, We Have 2020 Vision
As the president’s race comes to town, the UCLA Luskin community makes sure candidates take a stand on issues of importance.

Our Year of Anniversaries
The Luskin School marks its 25th year poised to expand, innovate and extend its reach into the community, nation and world.

Taking the Border Crisis to Heart
Team from UCLA Luskin Social Welfare travels to immigrant detention center in Texas to counsel mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S.

Her Personal Journey Forged a Path for Others
Founder of outreach to women in the sex business is named alumna of year by UCLA Luskin Social Welfare.

A Nexus of Latin Cities
New initiative Ciudades finds common ground in urban spaces across the Western hemisphere.

Giving Microeconomics a Human Face
Research by Manisha Shah bridges a worldwide policy gap between health, economics and education.

Who We Are

A special series of essays written by staff members from Communications and our various research centers. It’s a snapshot of the people and projects that make UCLA Luskin such a vibrant, thought-provoking and entertaining place to be.

PDF Archive

If you prefer to view the current issue or an older edition in the form in which it was printed, here is our archive of PDFs from the past few years.