The Diversity Digest

Road to Social Justice

As we continue our collective journey toward racial justice as a nation, we echo the calls for justice for Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other victims of police brutality and racism. In an effort to provide candid, hard-hitting conversations focused on finding solutions to these and other issues of social justice, we have partnered with the UCLA Black Alumni Association and BruinX for a series of virtual programs.

"Road to Social Justice" will tackle intersectional social justice issues facing Black, Indigenous, people of color communities on and off campus. We hope you will join us in these conversations and engage with us from wherever you may be. This week's offerings include Road to Social Justice: A Conversation With Jane Elliott on Race and Power among other highlights of Bruins empowered to address social justice issues.

As part of our Road to Social Justice series, the UCLA Black Alumni Association, Bruin X and UCLA Alumni come together for a candid conversation with Jane Elliott on race and power on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m. (PDT).

Among the movement to end police brutality and address systemic racism across the United States, activists have pushed to rename buildings, streets and other monuments recognizing racist, anti-Black figures. At UCLA, Le Conte Avenue, Janss Steps and Campbell Hall face renaming. 

Known for her role as Rose Tico in the Star Wars series, Kelly Marie Tran '11 will make history in "Raya and the Last Dragon" as the first Southeast Asian lead in a Disney animated film.

Aug. 29 marked the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium march in East Los Angeles, a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and UCLA Film & Television Archive examine this crucial period of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

Nearly one-third of UCLA undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. Join the First Gen Alumni Network on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) to celebrate the professional experiences of our first gen alumni and discuss the nuances of their professional identity.

The UCLA Division of Physical Sciences is committed to increasing diversity among its faculty, staff and student body. To assist with this goal, the dean is doubling endowment gifts aimed at increasing diversity, equity and inclusivity within the division. Endowments last forever and therefore have a transformative impact on Bruins today as well as generations of Bruins to come.

This match is available through June 30, 2021, on endowment gifts between $100,000 and $1 million. Please contact Brooke Sanders at to discuss more details.

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UCLA Alumni Diversity Programs & Initiatives staff


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