UCLA’s student government has taken steps to elevate underrepresented voices.
And frankly, it’s more than the University of California could be doing.
The Undergraduate Students Association Council Office of the President announced a new Congressional Advisory Board composed of student organizations and advocacy groups to review USAC’s surplus allocations, introduce joint resolutions with the council and address USAC on issues concerning its member organizations.
UCLA’s projected plan to increase its UCPD budget by more than $500,000 this year despite clear opposing demands from students defies logic.
This increased funding comes amid protests calling to defund police over numerous complaints of police use of force against people of color, calls to increase funds for community programs, about $1.8 billion in revenue loss as of July to the University of California because of COVID-19 and a pandemic that will limit the number of students on campus.
One week seems like a short time in the slowly grinding wheels of bureaucracy.
But when it comes to the fate of Title IX regulations, one week is an eternity.
A number of questions still need answering as UCLA steadily approaches the upcoming academic and athletic year.
Currently, UCLA Athletics only notes positive cases on UCLA’s official COVID-19 tracker, which does not distinguish between student-athletes and other students on campus.
UCLA has long claimed to be a champion for undocumented students, but contracts speak louder than words.
Specifically, contracts with legal databases that sell information to the U.S.
Communication has never been UCLA’s strong suit.
But this past weekend, the university reached a new low.
Some students checked their inboxes Saturday and found an unexpectedly low financial aid package for the 2020-2021 school year.
This post was updated July 20 at 11:40 p.m.
All talk, no action.
It’s UCLA’s signature response to issues that affect Bruins most.
And for students planning to return to Westwood in the fall, housing insecurity is the latest issue to get the university’s cold shoulder.
“Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” reads the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty.
Unless, of course, the huddled masses are undocumented immigrants, legal immigrants — or more recently, nonimmigrant international students.
Campus leaders have spoken: defunding and divesting from law enforcement are the only real options.
George Floyd’s death while in custody of the Minneapolis police in May sparked nationwide protests against racial injustice, including one at UCLA.
UCLA’s campus was virtually devoid of activity for the first nine weeks of spring quarter.
Then, during week 10, hundreds of students gathered in front of Royce Hall to protest police brutality.
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