The Diversity Digest

Learning for a Lifetime

The Latin noun alumnus means "pupil." I find it quite relevant as I reflect on our alumni in this current moment. We learned what it meant to be a “pupil” during our time at UCLA, gaining not only knowledge, but skills that help us continue to learn, well beyond graduation. We continue to be a “pupil,” informed by our alma mater, as we take what we’ve learned to help others. Over and beyond that, we create spaces for Bruins to be “pupils” — to learn more about themselves, the spaces they come from and communities they serve.

This edition of the Diversity Digest is dedicated to the “pupils” that remind and inspire us to learn — be it through a movie, a dessert, a photo or an online webcast.

As always, feel free to forward this to the lifelong learners in your life. Visit our social media companion to the Diversity Digest at @ucladiversealum. Most importantly, please let us know if there is a topic you are interested in by submitting ideas to This week’s offerings include:

Camille Tucker ’89 wrote the screenplay behind Lifetime’s "The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel," produced by Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott, which aired last Saturday night.

Virginia Hedrick ’07 holds Sunday live updates on how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of our American Indian community members. Her latest update is in conversation with Amber Kanazbah Crotty ’07, M.A. Exp. ’20, Navajo Nation Council Delegate.

Test your knowledge of architecture and beat the heat with some Bruin-made ice cream from Natasha Case, M.A. ’08, who was inspired by famous architects to open her women-owned and LGBTQ-owned business, Coolhaus.

Miss downtown Los Angeles? Visit the work of Victor Villegas ’78, M.F.A. ’82, featured in this online exhibit for the Auburn Art Gallery.

 Learn how to be a self-advocate in this Career Conversation: Issues Regarding COVID-19 and the Workplace with UCLA School of Law alumna Angela Reddock-Wright, J.D. ’95.

 Kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a UCLA-themed virtual trivia night with Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA. Learn about the history our alumni have played in the legacy of Asian Americans at UCLA.

As always, we thank you for your love and support — our diverse alumni community means the world to us.

Here's to lifelong learning,

Patricia Châu Nguyễn
Senior Director
Diversity Programs & Initiatives


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