The Diversity Digest

Leverage Learning

As UCLA alumni, we embrace lifelong learning. And while learning can be a tool for personal enrichment, it can also be a tool for progress — both social and individual. This week's offerings highlight how Bruins are leveraging learning to embrace movements, spotlight disparities and gain acceptance.

Mobolaji Olambiwonnu '94 joins KCRW's Robert Scheer to discuss the price of ignoring the Ferguson uprising, his unreleased film "Ferguson Rises" and learning to find hope in each other.

The House approved the creation of the National Museum of the American Latino as part of the Smithsonian Institution, thanks to a 2018 UCLA study by the Chicano Studies Research Center and Latino Politics and Policy Initiative.

Ann Marie Pace, M.F.A. '17, was selected as one of six directors from underrepresented backgrounds to join Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator. Watch her award-winning UCLA thesis short film "Beyond the Gate."

COVID-19 has been racialized, leading to profound societal repercussions. Understand  COVID-19's employment disruptions to Asian Americans by reading a new study from UCLA's Asian American Studies Center and Center for Neighborhood Knowledge.

UCLA gymnast Kalyany Steele Exp. '23 found acceptance after coming out as bisexual. Read about her journey and her team's allyship in the Los Angeles Times feature.

Learn about the nation's first undocumented alumni association and hear from board members about open leadership opportunities.

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Keep learning,

UCLA Alumni Diversity Programs & Initiatives staff


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