A UCLA study found that student workers are struggling with financial insecurity, lack of academic accommodations and lack of access to mental health services amid the pandemic. (Emily Dembinski/Illustrations director)
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for student workers to balance their studies and their jobs, a UCLA study found.
Student workers experienced educational, financial and mental health hardships balancing their academic and work responsibilities, according to a September study from the Workers and Learners project at the UCLA Labor Center.
Shannon Speed knows every American Indian and Alaska Native faculty member at UCLA.
“It’s uncomfortable being a faculty member where you know every other faculty member of your demographic category,” said Speed, who is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an associate professor of gender studies and anthropology.
A state court judgment in late October stated that UCLA violated a public records law by repeatedly delaying records requests.
UCLA agreed to a court judgment stating the university violated the California Public Records Act, in response to a lawsuit filed by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free speech advocacy group.
President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for higher education could make the University of California system more accessible for low-income students, students and faculty said.
Biden campaigned on eliminating tuition for households with an annual income of less than $125,000.
UCLA faculty said outreach efforts and financial aid can help the University of California increase diversity among the UC’s student body in light of the failure of Proposition 16 in the 2020 election.
Anna Spain Bradley became the vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion in September after Jerry Kang stepped down in June. UCLA created the office in 2014 after 30 UCLA faculty members published the 2013 Moreno Report, which highlighted concerns over the deteriorating campus racial climate.
California is the first state to pass a bill that would create a bill of rights for students who take out loans, though some say the bill may not have any meaningful effects.
UCLA reinstated a lecturer after it found his communications to students did not warrant a formal investigation, despite student petitions calling an email to students “tone-deaf” and insensitive.
All UCLA students will have accounts with the communication tool Slack, among other resources UCLA will provide the student body, to prepare for a remote quarter, UCLA administrators told student leaders at a Monday event.
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