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Doctoral Student Honored for Transportation Research

Julene Paul, a Ph.D. student in urban planning, was named the 2021 student of the year by the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center, a federally funded network of eight partner campuses in Arizona, California and Hawaii. Paul works closely with the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA Luskin. Her research includes a study of the effects of COVID-19 on transportation behavior, an investigation into trends in automobile ownership, and a deep dive into BlueLA, an electric-car-sharing program that provides services to low-income areas of Los Angeles. She has presented some of her work at national conferences and has been published along with her co-authors, including her advisors, Evelyn Blumenberg and Brian Taylor. Paul’s interest in transportation was stoked while studying urban policy and working as a research assistant for the Education Innovation Laboratory as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Later, while pursuing her master’s degree in city and regional planning at Rutgers University, Paul worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers, she went on to work as a program manager at the Federal Transit Administration. When asked for advice for the current generation of urban planning students, Paul recommended taking advantage of internship opportunities and seeking out mentors from these experiences. She also encouraged students to venture out beyond their required classes when possible. Paul said a UCLA Law course in employment law challenged her to think critically about transportation policies and their effects on workers.


 

Dean’s Town Halls Offer Forum for Questions and Concerns

Dean Gary Segura hosted a trio of virtual town hall-style discussions this month, inviting students to discuss issues of concern. In the past, Segura held one session per year, but he has stepped up the frequency and split into separate sessions for the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs because of the challenges of pursuing higher education amid COVID-19. Segura was joined by department chairs and staff, who fielded a broad range of inquiries about remote learning, university finances, racial reconciliation and support for international students. Segura said the School has set aside additional funds to support students in need and noted that a number of faculty hires are in the works. Plans for graduation are taking place on two tracks, in-person and remote, depending on health restrictions, he said. Students shared their experiences with virtual instruction, weighing in on what works and what does not. They also learned about a national campaign in support of paid internships and discussed departmental efforts to update training and curriculum on issues of equity. Although quarterly town halls are planned, the dean stressed that students can offer input at any time. The coronavirus pandemic has required flexibility and forbearance. “It’s a very difficult time, there’s no question about that. People’s patience is starting to wear a little thin — but don’t let impatience put your health at risk,” Segura cautioned. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but you’ve got to hang on.”


 

Malson Awarded Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Hilary Malson, a doctoral student in urban planning at UCLA Luskin, has been awarded a three-year Ford Foundation predoctoral fellowship to support her study of race, space and community development in American exurbs. In her current research, Malson draws from the wider fields of diaspora studies and black geographies to explore how scattered black and brown communities navigate the expanded regional geographies of everyday life. The Ford Foundation honor “is testament to Hilary’s rigor as a scholar and recognition of her insistence that such scholarship be forged in solidarity with communities facing displacement and erasure,” said Ananya Roy, director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, where Malson is a graduate student researcher. Malson holds a B.A. in the growth and structure of cities from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and an MSc in urbanization and development from the London School of Economics, where she earned the dissertation prize for her research on insurgent planning and spatial politics in a majority-minority Virginia suburb. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine awards the Ford Foundation Fellowships to increase diversity among university faculties and encourage professors to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Of the 71 national predoctoral fellowships announced this year, six were awarded to UCLA students.


 

Events

Social Welfare Ph.D. Open Forum

The Social Welfare Department is hosting biweekly open forums for PhD students, facilitated by Doctoral Program Chair, Ian Holloway. The fifth session for Winter Quarter will be held March 12th from 2 –3:30 PM via Zoom.

These sessions are opportunities for students to ask questions about any topic related to the Social Welfare Doctoral Program. An anonymous Google Form is available for students wishing to express concerns prior to the forum.

You can use this Zoom link to attend. 

Social Welfare Ph.D. Open Forum

The Social Welfare Department is hosting biweekly open forums for PhD students, facilitated by Doctoral Program Chair, Ian Holloway. The fourth session for Winter Quarter will be held February 26th from 2 –3:30 PM via Zoom.

These sessions are opportunities for students to ask questions about any topic related to the Social Welfare Doctoral Program. An anonymous Google Form is available for students wishing to express concerns prior to the forum.

You can use this Zoom link to attend. 

Social Welfare Ph.D. Open Forum

The Social Welfare Department is hosting biweekly open forums for PhD students, facilitated by Doctoral Program Chair, Ian Holloway. The third session for Winter Quarter will be held February 12th from 2 –3:30 PM via Zoom.

These sessions are opportunities for students to ask questions about any topic related to the Social Welfare Doctoral Program. An anonymous Google Form is available for students wishing to express concerns prior to the forum.

You can use this Zoom link to attend. 

Social Welfare Ph.D. Open Forum

The Social Welfare Department is hosting biweekly open forums for PhD students, facilitated by Doctoral Program Chair, Ian Holloway. The second session for Winter Quarter will be held January 29th from 2 –3:30 PM via Zoom.

These sessions are opportunities for students to ask questions about any topic related to the Social Welfare Doctoral Program. An anonymous Google Form is available for students wishing to express concerns prior to the forum.

You can use this Zoom link to attend. 

Social Welfare Ph.D. Open Forum

The Social Welfare Department is hosting biweekly open forums for PhD students, facilitated by Doctoral Program Chair, Ian Holloway. The first session for Winter Quarter will be held January 15th from 2 –3:30 PM via Zoom.

These sessions are opportunities for students to ask questions about any topic related to the Social Welfare Doctoral Program. An anonymous Google Form is available for students wishing to express concerns prior to the forum.

You can use this Zoom link to attend. 

UCLA Luskin Social Welfare PhD Virtual Information Session

Come join Professor Ian Holloway, Doctoral Program Chair, for an information session regarding the Social Welfare PhD program at UCLA. He will provide an overview of the doctoral program, as well as the combined MSW/PhD program, and introduce Social Welfare faculty, current doctoral students and staff.