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we feel we can make a significant difference, we will bring our
faculty, staff and students to the community and partner with community-based
organizations, service agencies, faith-based organizations, corporations.
We will partner with them to host community forums on important
issues of the day. We’re hoping to have a community-fellows
program to upgrade the communication skills of people in the community,
as well as a postdoctoral-fellows program to train a new generation
of thinkers focusing on the greater Los Angeles area. We will be
actively going after grants with one hand, and we will be giving
out community grants with the other. And there will be ample giving
opportunities for friends and alumni of UCLA.
Will UCLA students benefit from
A: Whenever I talk with an organizer
of a program that takes UCLA students out into the community, they
say the students return transformed. This is their opportunity to
get off the campus and experience the real world, and to see for
themselves the challenges we face as a society. They will also see
that they can make a difference. Their experience fundamentally
alters the way they view their educational experience at UCLA.
What do you like best about your
A: That it’s a blank slate
— no one here has done this before. By that, I mean we don’t
want to follow convention; we don’t want to think about limits
or traditions that dictate what we can or cannot do.
critics say that we don’t have those kinds of codifications
in Los Angeles. People can move a little more freely here. In the
spirit of that kind of frontier ethos, that’s where we want
to be. We want to be able to think in new and innovative ways. We
want to be able to get ahead of trends. We want to be able to reimagine
how universities relate to their communities.