UCLA must support students of color by funding on-campus initiatives and resources. Performative acts of showmanship are not enough to address institutional failings. (Justin Jung/Daily Bruin senior staff)
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.
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.
Here’s what shrinking university budgets and a housing paucity could have in common.
In the recent past and likely into the next generation, it is hard to imagine that public universities will receive adequate state and federal funding to carry out their missions to educate the next generation’s workforce.
The COVID-19 pandemic and national demonstrations against the deaths of Black Americans have shed light on the brutal manifestations of systemic racism. Across humanity’s collective history, stories have elevated marginalized voices and breathed life into once broken structures.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic caught the nation off guard, causing recent graduates to adjust their job-hunting tactics and exposing the weaknesses of the presidential administration.
Following the mid-March announcement that UCLA would be transitioning to an online format for the remainder of the school year, many students, particularly seniors about to enter the workforce, were left feeling disillusioned and out of place – much like the rest of the country.
An upcoming presidential election may not be the first thing on voters’ minds amid the turmoil of a global pandemic.
But it should be.
The sudden shift of public agenda due to the COVID-19 pandemic has, in turn, changed what we can expect from the 2020 presidential election.
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