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UCLA Downtown Springs to Life With Community-Focused Projects Programs connected to UCLA Luskin are among 31 selected for the site in the heart of Los Angeles

With the purchase of the historic Trust Building in downtown Los Angeles last June, UCLA signaled its commitment to strengthening its engagement with the city’s diverse communities and creating positive change for the people of Southern California.

Over the next few months, the 11-story UCLA Downtown property in the Historic Core will begin to come to life as a collaborative hub where Bruins partner with local community members and organizations on a range of academic, research, arts-related and outreach initiatives, many of them focused on social justice and advocacy on behalf of underserved and vulnerable populations.

Among the 31 newly selected occupants of UCLA Downtown are programs addressing climate change and environmental justice, education for incarcerated individuals, labor and employment, housing and homelessness, immigration, public health, voting rights, LGBTQ issues, criminal justice reform and the history of Los Angeles, along with a robust slate of community-focused arts and cultural projects.

UCLA Downtown programs connected to the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs include the Voting Rights Project at the Latino Policy and Politics Institute, scheduled to begin operating in the new space by June. Joining the site at a later date will be the Los Angeles Education Research Institute; Downtown Luskin, led by the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies; and the Research Justice Hub, led by the Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. UCLA Luskin faculty are also involved with several UCLA Downtown programs led by other campus units.

A 12-member committee selected the inaugural programs from among about 50 proposals based on their potential to foster community engagement — one of the key pillars of UCLA’s Strategic Plan — to promote collaboration across UCLA schools, departments and units, and to make a significant difference in the lives of both Bruins and Angelenos. A request for proposals for additional programs will be issued this fall.

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Read about the 31 UCLA Downtown programs selected to date.


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