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Not Only on Campus

By Jesy Odio '15

Published Jul 1, 2015 8:00 AM

UCLA’s physical presence extends far beyond Westwood — to studios, clinics, recreational facilities, research stations and more.

The road to UCLA does not only lead to Westwood. Over land and at sea, students and faculty pursue their unique interests to far and wide places. From the mountains in the Sierra Nevada to the urban sprawl of Downtown L.A., here are five sites where you can find UCLA working with the community across the state. (Discover even more places off-campus here.)

UCLA Community School


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Since the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2009 to form this school on the site of the former Ambassador , the rate of students attending college has tripled at the public school in Koreatown. With more than 1,000 K-12 students, UCLA brings the results of groundbreaking research in education to the classroom.

Marina Aquatic Center


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Just ten miles from campus, the Marina Aquatic Center is Bruins’ ultimate access to all sorts of water sports. In 1965, a boathouse on La Ballona Creek became the home of the UCLA sailing team. Since then, the center has added a dock and trailers that were used during the 1984 Olympic Games. The facility now offers lessons in everything from sailing to windsurfing.

Skid Row Health Clinic



For more than 30 years, the Nursing Health Clinic, in collaboration with the Union Rescue Mission, has assisted homeless men, women and children in the downtown region of Los Angeles. The site provides a learning opportunity for medical students and, in turn, health care for the urban community. With the help of the UCLA School of Nursing, the shelter has offered medical services in more than 250,000 patient visits.

White Mountain Research Center



The involvement of Bruins around the state goes far and wide. Close to the Sierra Nevada, the White Mountain Research Center facilitates research in three full-service stations for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the University of California Natural Reserve System since 1950. The biogeographical conditions of the region provide ample opportunities for physiologists to conduct field research on such topics as the ecological effects of climate change.

UCLA@SPARC Digital/Mural Lab



A one-of-a-kind research and teaching facility, such as the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), needs a unique space for its production. Located in Venice Beach, the Cesar Chavez Digital/Mural Lab found its home in a police station converted into a creative establishment. Led by artist and professor Judy Baca, SPARC looks into the preservation and restoration of mural art and brings digital techniques to the production of art for the public.