Undergraduate Program Office
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Overview & Office Hours

The Luskin Public Affairs Undergraduate Program provides academic counseling services to undergraduate students pursuing the B.A. in Public Affairs, Gerontology minor, Public Affairs minor, and Urban and Regional Studies minor. Our regular business hours are Monday through Friday at 9am-4pm (except University holidays).

All students visiting the Public Affairs Building and the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program must follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines. To ensure the safety of our community, and to create a space that is accessible to all students, staff, and faculty, we strongly encourage you to wear a face mask when interacting with our team.

Winter 2023 Office Hours

During Winter 2023, the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Office will be open for in-person and remote services Monday through Thursday at 9am-4pm (except University holidays), and remote-only services Fridays at 9am-4pm (except University holidays). Luskin counselors are available to meet with students for in-person or remote appointments. Please note that we are unable to accommodate same-day appointments.

Our office will be closed on the dates listed below:

  • Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Monday, February 20, 2023 in observance of the Presidents’ Day Holiday

Luskin Undergraduate Program Office

The Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program team believes that academic counseling is a partnership between counselors and the student. Luskin undergraduate academic counselors will collaborate with students to ensure they are completing all degree requirements and maximizing their time at UCLA.

Academic counselors support students by:

  • Collaboratively designing a strategic degree plan that accounts for the Public Affairs major requirements, Luskin minor requirements, double majors, minors outsider of Luskin, and GE and degree requirements.
  • Discussing the student’s personal academic, and professional goals, and outlining a plan to achieve those goals.
  • Challenging the student to reflect on their personal development and wellbeing.
  • Encouraging the student’s utilization of resources, exploration of opportunities for involvement, and engagement in leadership and teamwork experiences.
  • Discussion difficult situations or academic concerns, and strategies on how to manage them.

In turn, we expect students to take charge of their UCLA journey by proactively reaching out when they have questions or need help, and be open and honest with us.

Undergraduate Program Staff

April Michelle Enriquez

Undergraduate Counselor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Contact Us
(310) 794-4080
Public Affairs Building
Suite 3343

Jocelyn Guihama

Director of Administration & Experiential Learning
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
guihama@luskin.ucla.edu
(310) 569-4491
Public Affairs Building
Suite 3343

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Frank Lin

Capstone Advisor & Coordinator
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Contact Us
(310) 794-4080
Public Affairs Building
Suite 3343

Erika Villanueva

Director of Student Services
Pronouns: She/They
evillanueva@luskin.ucla.edu
(310) 794-9662
Public Affairs Building
Suite 3343

Emily Emard

Administrative Coordinator & Advisor
Pronouns: She/They
Contact Us
(310) 794-4080
Public Affairs Building
Suite 3343

Lauren Burger

College Academic Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Contact Us
(310) 794-4080
Public Affairs Building
Suite 3343

Amanda Caswell

College Academic Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Contact Us
(310) 794-4080
Public Affairs Building
Suite 3343

Academic Counseling Appointments

Scheduled 30-Minute Appointments

Luskin Undergraduate Academic Counselors are available to meet with you during scheduled 30-minute appointments. Online (Zoom) and in-person appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm (except University holidays).

To schedule an appointment, submit your appointment request via MyUCLA Message Center (select topic: Public Affairs / Appointments). Be sure to include your availability and the topics you want to discuss during your appointment.

Please note that students who request an in-person appointment with a Luskin undergraduate academic counselor are required to comply with the following:

  • Upon arrival at the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program office, check-in at 3343 Public Affairs Building. The check-in process requires you to check-in with your Bruin Card or state issued ID.
  • Be compliant with the UCLA COVID Protocol as outlined in the UCLA COVID-19 Resources website https://covid-19.ucla.edu.

Additionally, to create a safe and accessible space for students and staff, we strongly encourage you to wear a face mask while in the Public Affairs Building and for the duration of your scheduled appointment.

Drop-in Counseling

Luskin Undergraduate Academic Counselors are available to meet with students during scheduled drop-in counseling sessions each quarter. Drop-in counseling sessions are intended to be 15-minute sessions where you can:

  • Review and discuss your quarterly enrollment
  • Complete a degree check to ensure you are on-track to graduate
  • Discuss questions or concerns about the capstone requirement
  • Review and discuss the requirements for the Luskin minors (Public Affairs, Gerontology, Urban and Regional Studies)
  • Discuss the petition process for declaring a double major or minor, course substitutions, study list changes, unit max, and policy exceptions

Winter 2023 Drop-in Counseling Schedule

The Luskin Undergraduate Program academic counselors will host drop-in counseling hours via Zoom during Winter 2023. Exact dates/times are posted below. Please note that these drop-in hours are intended for continuing UCLA students, not for prospective UCLA students.

When visiting drop-in counseling sessions, please have your Bruin Card ready. Don’t be alarmed if you experience a short wait in the Zoom lobby. We will assist students in the order they join the drop-in counseling session. You are welcome to join any drop-in counseling session based on availability.

Weeks 1 & 2 Drop-in Counseling

  • Session 1: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm (PT)
  • Session 2: Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (PT)
  • Click here to join the Zoom meeting session

Weeks 6 & 7 Drop-in Counseling

  • Session 1: Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm (PT)
  • Session 2: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (PT)
  • Click here to join the Zoom meeting session

Contact Our Office

The UCLA Public Affairs Undergraduate Program uses MyUCLA Message Center to correspond with current students as well as potential applicants. The Message Center has replaced email for student/applicant communication with the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Office.

When contacting the Luskin Undergraduate Program Office via MyUCLA Message Center, please use the appropriate message queue:

  • Public Affairs Admission Inquiry – for all questions about admission to the Public Affairs major
  • Public Affairs Petitions & Forms – to submit petitions or forms to the Luskin Undergraduate Student Services Office
  • Public Affairs Minor – for all inquiries related to the Gerontology minor, Public Affairs minor, or Urban and Regional Studies minor
  • Public Affairs Enrollment – for questions related to enrollment, PTE requests, and enrollment restrictions for lower division (1-99) and upper division (100-199) Public Affairs, Gerontology, Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning courses
  • Public Affairs Commencement – for questions about the Luskin undergraduate commencement ceremony and graduation requirements for Public Affairs majors
  • Public Affairs Appointment Request – to request an appointment with a Luskin undergraduate academic counselor
  • Public Affairs Experiential Learning – for questions related to the Public Affairs experiential learning capstone requirement
  • Public Affairs Main Queue – for all other questions not covered by the message queues listed above

For those who are unable to use Message Center, we encourage you to email or call us!

Luskin School of Public Affairs
University of California Los Angeles
3250 Public Affairs Building, Suite 3343
Box 951666
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
310-794-4080
undergraduateinfo@luskin.ucla.edu

Stay Connected! – Weekly Newsletter and Social Media

Students are encouraged to stay connected with the Luskin Public Affairs Undergraduate Program by joining our mailing listserv and following us on social media.

The weekly electronic Luskin Undergraduate Newsletter features:

  • Luskin Undergraduate Opportunities
  • General UCLA Events & Opportunities
  • Internship, Scholarship, Job, and Graduate School Opportunities,

Students who declare the Public Affairs Pre-Major, Major, or Luskin Minors are automatically added to the Luskin Undergraduate listserv and receive the weekly electronic newsletter. The newsletter is emailed every Wednesday afternoon.

Follow the Luskin School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Program on social media (@UCLALuskinUG) to:

  • read about students’ experiences in the Public Affairs major and Luskin minors,
  • access opportunities available to Public Affairs majors and Luskin minors,
  • learn about UCLA resources that support your academic success, career readiness, and personal wellbeing, and
  • receive academic policy reminders.

Tag us using #UCLALuskinUG and #UCLALuskin for an opportunity to be featured in our Instagram stories!

Newsletter and social media feature requests: If you are interested in featuring your program in the Luskin Undergraduate Newsletter or in the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program social media, please submit your request and content to undergraduateinfo@luskin.ucla.edu.