This post was updated Jan. 8 at 8:54 p.m.
Navigating the ableist nature of higher education in UCLA’s sprawling campus is a challenging feat for students with disabilities.
UCLA may be the nation’s No. 1 public school, but the university is far from perfect – especially when it comes to its diversity requirement.
The diversity requirement obligates students to pass at least one course during their time at UCLA that focuses on diversity in race, religion, culture, sexuality, gender or ability.
No one said change comes easy.
But at UCLA, change comes painstakingly slow – to the unfortunate detriment of its students.
The past few months have borne witness to the protests and reforms of a growing racial justice movement, all amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has drastically upended life in the most unforeseeable ways. At UCLA, our community is remarkably united by similar feelings of loss, confusion and concern, but also by light, hope and the perspective that the pandemic has brought to the forefront.
The UCLA Academic Senate’s decision to allow students to take more than one class on a pass/no pass grading basis certainly eased some of the stress during the transition to online learning.
Many factors pose barriers between college students and their education – social life, financial status and health issues, just to name a few.
But for the 600 to 700 undocumented students at UCLA, there is another worry they must add to this list – their futures in the United States.
For students around the globe, the past month has been riddled with adjustments to online learning.
But for many UCLA students, challenges with the university’s portals – Common Collaboration and Learning Environment and MyUCLA – are nothing new.
For an incoming Bruin, over 130 majors and a world-renowned campus can feel overwhelming.
But the endless options are forever limited by UCLA’s core curriculum.
UCLA offers a core curriculum system of classes, which requires students to fulfill requirements in set categories of subjects for general education in order to graduate, only differing slightly among the university’s five different colleges.
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