Commitment to Social Justice
The faculty, staff, and students in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning are committed to recognizing, addressing, and eliminating all forms of inequality and discrimination in our program and in the planning profession. This includes racism, poverty, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, religious persecution, ableism, and other forms of oppression. We encourage and support increasing diversity among our students, staff, and faculty by including and amplifying the voices of people from traditionally marginalized and underrepresented groups, particularly people of color and from low-income backgrounds. Through advancing equality of representation within our school, we increase the breadth of ideas, perspectives, and knowledge while more accurately reflecting the communities that the urban planning profession needs to serve. Contemporary urban problems are rooted in historical patterns of social exclusion and violence, making the need for our commitment to diversity in our program, and the planning profession, indispensable and essential. As such, we are explicitly committed to recruiting, admitting, and supporting people from historically marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds in order to promote social justice within our department, the field of planning, and in the cities and regions we work to improve.
Diversities, Disparities, and Difference (D3)
The Diversity, Disparities, and Difference (D3) Initiative at UCLA Luskin launched in 2014 by former Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. as part of UCLA’s effort to build a more equitable environment on campus. The D3 Initiative aims to create a cohesive strategy to bridge differences, understand our diverse society, and confront disparities in the field of public affairs.
The D3 Initiative aims to:
- Enhance student admissions and faculty searches by championing more diverse applicant pools;
- Institutionalize programming that offers a critical understanding of social inequity while establishing connections with the greater community;
- Strengthen student collaboration and cohort interaction for a more inclusive school climate.
View D3’s programs, fellowships, and opportunities here.
The MURP classes graduating in of 2021 and 2022 consists of 38% under-represented minorities, including 30% who identify as Latinx, 9% as Black/African American, and 4% as American Indian/Alaska Native. 65% are California Residents, 25% are Non-California Residents, and 10% are International. 64% identify as female, 36% as male, and 1% identify as non-binary. 34% identify as First-Generation college graduates.