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Winter 2002
Outside the Ivory Tower
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UCLA EXTENDS BEYOND ITS CAMPUS BOUNDARIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES

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By Judy Lin-Eftekhar
Photography by Manuello Paganelli

UCLA DOES NOT EXIST WITHIN AN ISOLATED IVORY TOWER. It resides within the heart of a great city and takes seriously its responsibility to the region that it serves. Engaged since its founding with the life of the city, the university has, through Chancellor Albert Carnesale's UCLA in LA initiative, ramped up the level of its activities to strengthen ties between the campus and the community.

It is axiomatic that there should be such a strong relationship between the university and its namesake city. Says Chancellor Carnesale: "Giving back to the community is embedded in the character of UCLA." That is a notion predicated on the recognition that UCLA can best serve the community by being in the community, and by fostering and supporting organizations and programs that touch the lives of people.

There are literally hundreds of programs that stem from UCLA's efforts, with special priority placed on K-12 education, quality health-care services, economic development and the arts and cultural affairs. It would be impossible in this limited space to detail everything that is going on beyond the campus boundaries. But here are five examples of ways in which UCLA is helping to make a difference in the communities that surround it.

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