Important Message from AAP Peer Learning

Dear AAP Community:

As you are aware, the university has directed that many services be offered online for Spring quarter. These services include peer learning offered through AAP. We know that peer learning is an important support service for many of our students and we are working hard to continue to support you as much as possible.

REMOTE PEER LEARNING SESSIONS:

For Spring 2020, we are exploring different online platforms we can use to deliver our services. Zoom looks very promising. But if we adopt other platforms, you will be made aware of them by your PLFs.

PEER LEARNING SIGN-UPS:

We want to remind you that peer learning sign-ups will continue to be done through MyUCLA  following the Peer Learning pass system protocol beginning Wednesday April 1, 2020 (Week 1). In addition, you will receive a notification via MyUCLA to remind you of enrollment passes. We still plan on offering the same number of courses as we did last Spring. Please make sure to sign up during the first three weeks of the quarter.  In addition, your PLFs will be reaching out to you via email to provide instructions and/or necessary information before your first session(s). Peer Learning sessions will  resume online on Monday April 6, 2020 (Week 2) of Spring Quarter. (NOTE: Please review the following link for additional information about online sign-ups: https://www.aap.ucla.edu/units/peer-learning/#online-sign-ups ). Although the Peer Learning Unit Administrative Team will be responding to email requests as much as possible, in-person support will not be available this quarter.).

 PLF APPLICATION:

The 2020-2021 AAP PLF Application will be available online by the end of Week 1 during Spring Quarter. Undergraduate students interested in applying for this position may visit our website for all position and application information. PLF Information Sessions will be conducted via Zoom during Weeks 2 and 3. A general message to the AAP and UCLA community will be sent out once the application is released and specific dates and times for the Information Sessions are made available.

ADDITIONAL INQUIRIES:

For the most up to date information on our services, please continue to check our website: https://www.aap.ucla.edu/units/peer-learning/. If you have additional questions regarding the AAP Peer Learning Unit, please do not hesitate to email us at aappeerlearning@college.ucla.edu .

Additionally, to determine your AAP eligibility status as a currently enrolled UCLA students, please review the following website: https://www.aap.ucla.edu/about-aap/becoming-an-aap-member/ .

We are committed to continuing to support your academic achievement and excellence at UCLA. Thanks for your time, patience , and support during this transition.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Peer Learning Unit Administrative Team

 

 

Tuition and Payment Plan Extension and Course Material Fee Suspension

To the Campus Community:
We are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic may be creating unforeseen financial challenges for our students and their families, and we are working diligently with our campus partners to address its effects on the Bruin community.In an effort to help members of our community manage their finances during this turbulent time, UCLA has decided to make the following changes for spring quarter 2020:

BruinPay Plan enrollment. Students can continue to enroll in BruinPay Plan through Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. PDT. Eligible students can enroll in BruinPay Plan to pay their term tuition and registration fees in monthly installments (three installments for quarter students). If you are eligible to enroll, you will see an active enrollment link on the BruinBill homepage under the My BruinPay Plan section.  You will need a U.S. checking or savings account or a credit card to complete enrollment.

Spring term tuition. The deadline for online payment through BruinBill for spring quarter 2020 has been extended to April 10 at 5 p.m. PDT. Please note that no changes have been announced for the spring quarter 2020 UC systemwide and campus-based fee. If changes occur, they will be reflected on your BruinBill. More information can be found on the Registrar’s Office COVID-19 FAQ.

Spring quarter 2020 Course Materials Fees. In light of the campus’s plans to offer remote instruction for spring 2020, UCLA is suspending all undergraduate and graduate Course Materials Fees that are tied to specific courses. The list of courses that will not be charged Course Materials Fees for spring 2020 can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

More information on available payment options will follow in the coming days. In the meantime, for questions related to the tuition or BruinPay Plan deadline extensions, please contact the Student Accounts Office via the MyUCLA Message Center or by calling (310) 825-9194 (dial option 7).

Thank you for your patience as we make decisions in this rapidly developing environment.
Sincerely,
Gregg Goldman
Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

To: All AAP students from AAP Counseling

Dear AAP Student,

We are deeply saddened at our world’s current state of affairs. The pace of change, uncertainty, and the complexity of the challenges we face have made this a very difficult time for everyone. The AAP Counseling Team wants you to know we are doing everything possible to continue to remain connected to all students and guide them through this turbulent time. Our priority is you and our staffs’ safety, therefore, we want you to be aware of changes that we have made in our service to you.

AAP Counseling HUB located in 1205 Campbell Hall will remain closed to protect and respect you and staff. You are able to connect with us via MyUCLA Message Center-AAP Counseling and responses will be made within 24 business hours.  Between 3/16-3/26, Monday-Friday our online business hours will be 9am-4pm.  Here you can submit a question regarding petitioning or general academic policy. You can also request a ZOOM online appointment with an AAP Counselor.

To request an appointment via Message Center, please explain the nature of your appointment:

  1. Program Planning
  2. DARS review
  3. Transfer Articulation
  4. Major Exploration
  5. Graduation check
  6. ECP /Time to Degree
  7. Holds: what type of hold?
  8. Petition
  9. Do you want to submit a petition? If so, which one?
  10. Do you want to know the outcome of the petition?
  11. Withdrawal
  12. Readmission
  13. Academic difficulty
  14. Other: ______________________

If scheduling an online Zoom meeting, please check your MyUCLA messages for a link to the Zoom platform prior to the meeting.

Respectfully,

Jesus D. Prado
Assistant Director, Counseling

Student and general inquiries can be made at MyUCLA Message Center

Economic Crisis Message from AAP Counseling

If you are a student impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are experiencing a financial hardship due to a loss of wages, please click here.

Dear Student, Colleague and/or Campus Partner,

Thank you for your email and reaching out to the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT). One of our team members will respond to your request within 24-48 business hours from the initial request. To expedite our response and assessment of your needs, please fill out the Self-Assessment Form on our website at: https://www.studentincrisis.ucla.edu/Economic-Crisis-Response

For information on the Meal Voucher Program, eligibility and distribution schedule, please visit:  https://www.studentincrisis.ucla.edu/Economic-Crisis-Response

We do not maintain 24 hour access to our communication channels. ECRT will reach out to you about your inquiry during regular business hours. For life-threatening matters, please call 911 or the University of California Police Department at 310-825-1491.

Thank you for your patience in advance.

Respectfully,
The Economic Crisis Response Team

Vivian Salazar
Director for Academic Counseling
UCLA Academic Advancement Program
Phone: (310) 206-1557

website: www.aap.ucla.edu

 

Letter to ALL AAP Scholars

Dear AAP Scholar,
As you know the Chancellor recently sent out a notice to the UCLA Community announcing the cancellation of all in person classes. We are being asked to provide remote instruction and services using the technology and resources that the campus has provided. We want you to know that the Academic Advancement Program (AAP) cares about your health and well-being, and hope that you will take the necessary precautions to be safe. Our offices will be open during the suspension of classes and staff will be available to provide the services and support as usual. You may receive information from the various AAP units letting you know how they will be operating during this difficult time. Some of our services may be offered remotely, such as peer learning, academic counseling, and mentoring. We are currently in the process of evaluating the best tools for this purpose. We are still available for face to face meetings as well. However, we will not be conducting large group events such as workshops, presentations, and peer learning sessions until further notice from campus officials.

Again, please take all the precautions necessary to protect yourself, your fellow student, and family members. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. I wish you the best on your final exams and hope that you make the best of your Spring break. Take care and GO BRUINS!

Dr. A

Charles J. Alexander, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity
Director, Academic Advancement Program

AAP research program renamed to honor Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins, Jr.

The Academic Advancement Program (AAP)’s Community Development and Social Justice Program has been renamed to honor John Huggins, Jr. and Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, two Bruins who fought for community and justice at UCLA.

The program is now called the Carter-Huggins Community Development and Social Justice Program. The Afrikan Student Union advocated for the change

AAP Director Charles Alexander selected to contribute to Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research selected UCLA associate vice provost for student diversity Charles Alexander as a contributor for the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.

The report will document key issues, progress, challenges and opportunities in oral health in the United States. It is commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Public Health Service’s Oral Health Coordinating Committee.

Kathryn Atchison, professor in the UCLA School of Dentistry’s Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry, is serving as a section editor on the report and invited Alexander to join the team that is contributing a section titled Oral Health Integration, Workforce and Practice. He will submit material and text on “Pipeline Programs to Increase Underrepresented Minorities in Dental Schools.”

The last Surgeon General’s report on oral health was published in 2000, and “generated a lot of buzz in dentistry,” Alexander said. The report’s findings led to millions of dollars being pumped into efforts to improve recruitment and diversity in the field, access to care, and curriculum reform. Now, 20 years later, the goal of the new report is to see if these efforts had a lasting impact.

“In 2000, less than four percent of dental practitioners were African American, five percent were Latino and less than one percent were Native American,” Alexander said. “How far have we come?”

Alexander has long been a champion for pipeline programs and increasing diversity in dental schools. He is currently an associate adjunct professor in the UCLA School of Dentistry and previously served as an associate dean for admissions and student affairs at UC San Francisco, where he directed the Dental Careers program.

“I’m excited to contribute to this important document that is evidence-based and that heightens the issue to create more diversity in the dental profession,” Alexander said.