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Published Jan 1, 2020 8:00 AM


FEB. 6-7, 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Locks of Love


Photo courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

For those whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer and other diseases, simply experiencing some of the same-old can be a welcome change. Locks of Love provides hairpieces to women and children who have lost their hair due to medical treatment, helping restore their identities. You can participate by donating your own hair, and you will receive a free haircut in the process.

Location: James West Alumni Center
Admission: Free
Info: alumnischolarsclub.org/locksoflove



Photo courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

FEB. 22-23, 29

Dinners for 12 Strangers

More than five decades on, this UCLA tradition is still breaking new ground. If you haven’t participated before, make this the year that you join this unique, stimulating event. Those who have been part of a dinner know that magic is in the air when 12 strangers break bread and forge bonds.


Location: Throughout the world
Info: alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/dinner-for-12-strangers/



MARCH 2020

The UCLA Alumnae Conference Honors Women's Voices

The first class to receive degrees from UCLA had a remarkable ratio of 4 women for every 1 man. These numbers reflect UCLA’s beginnings as a teachers college at a time when education was one of the few professions open to women. Less than a century later, we find ourselves in the midst of a presidential primary that saw a record number of female candidates, including UCLA School of Law alumnus Kirsten Gillibrand J.D. ’91. As women enter positions of power historically held by men, the power of so-called “caring” professions — like education — is being asserted by movements such as the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strike. The public face of that strike, Bruin Roxana Dueñas M.Ed. ’09, empowered an entire school by creating a curriculum about their neighborhood, putting marginalized communities center stage.

As Bruin women lead the way in reconceptualizing women’s roles in society, UCLA Alumni offers a wealth of spaces for women to contribute and thrive. Some have lauded histories, like the UCLA Faculty Women’s Club, the longest existing UCLA support group on campus, and the UCLA Prytanean Alumnae network, the oldest honorary alumnae organization of the University of California system. Groups like Las Doñas and Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA focus on giving back to the UCLA community through service and scholarship awards. And, during Women’s Herstory Month this March, the Alumnae Conference will honor women’s voices.

Previous conferences have featured programming based on the needs and mood of the community at any given moment. Women who have reached the C-suite in corporate environments shared their insights and stories one year. In another, women offered their perspectives on seemingly quotidian experiences that had deep resonance for them. The goal each year, though, is to recognize the total contributions of women to the UCLA community and beyond.

Learn more about participating at alumni.ucla.edu/alumnae


Bruins Aimee Boyle (left) and Lucille Kirkpatrick at their commencement ceremony in June 1930. Photo courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

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