Stepping up: UCLA Foundation gives $5 million for student financial aid. AAP students honored.

As a high school student at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets, Jelani Mora knew he wanted to go to college, but he wasn’t sure where to start and what he needed to do. Since he would be the first in his family to attend college, the idea felt pretty daunting, from preparing and paying for his college entrance exams to navigating the applications for federal Pell Grants and scholarships. Fortunately, he found guidance and help from some UCLA students, who served as mentors and motivated him to pursue higher education.

Mora met with students every week as part of UCLA’s Vice-Provost’s Initiative for Pre-College Scholars, or VIPS program, which partners with Los Angeles County school districts to help students become competitively eligible for admission to UCLA and other top universities. As part of the program, Mora didn’t just meet with UCLA students every week to review things like admission requirements, he also spent two summers taking college classes on campus, where he learned the value of a college degree.

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/ucla-foundation-financial-aid-5-million-gift

On the Passing of Juan Gómez-Quiñones

Professor Gómez-Quiñones specialized in the fields of political, labor, intellectual, and cultural history

Reflections from comrades who knew and worked with him, spanning decades

“We are all witnesses in history-making and must be involved in mapping human survival for a better world future.” – Juan Gómez-Quiñones

Bruin Family Experience

Bruin Family Experience 2020

UCLA hosted the Bruin Family Experience, a virtual fun-filled day on Saturday, Oct. 24!  Take a peek at the video to enjoy presentations from star faculty, learn about campus resources, feel the Bruin spirit, and connect with UCLA at a time when building community is more important than ever.

“Are you interested in working in Medicine, Social services, or Business?”

Are you interested in the opportunity to give back to your community? To serve those in need? While gaining Clinical and Professional Experience?

Then the International Collegiate Health Initiative (ICHI) is right for you!

We are a student-run nonprofit organization based in UCLA that strives to provide medical and nutritional services to immigrants, refugees, and low-income families within Los Angeles.

Our current project is to run our sanctuary Mobile Community Health Clinic in the Southeast Los Angeles cities of Maywood and Bell. We will be operating multiple telehealth programs for the duration of the pandemic such as our prescription medication assistance program, video appointments with health professionals, and providing Covid-19 at-home test kits. Allowing our officers to make an impact in serving the community, while working remotely, and staying safe at home.

We are currently looking to expand our team! You can access the current listings here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pl2cIz5IAWcIApWOKE1eTpzTdE2llTJr?usp=sharing

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0wQZK78yyzM3G-V8CeJ1OYOr7pbB6h124fUqFxh_wdTHCoQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

For inquiries, please email recruitment@ichealthinitiative.org.

Also, please like, share, and follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ICHealthInitiative/

Thank You,

ICHI Team

Congratulations Dr. Charles Alexander

Good News! Dr. A was elected to the Advocates Foundation Board. The mission of the Advocates Foundation is to improve the health, wellness and career choices of young people, especially those of underrepresented diverse backgrounds.

 

 

 

Message to the AAP Peer Learning Unit Community about recent events

Dear AAP Peer Learning Unit Community:

As we continue to deal with the challenges of global health pandemic CoVID-19, we are heartbroken as we watched the news about the killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, etc. #blacklivesmatter #saytheirnames These murders shed light on the systemic racism, disparities and inequalities that continue to harm generations of marginalized communities. No one should live with the fear and perpetual injustice faced daily by People of color across the United States and around the world.  We are in support of all of our students, staff, faculty and community members, in particular, the African Americans who are witnessing another tragic death of an unarmed Black person at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve. We wish we had answers for and solutions to why some people act with such malice, hate, and carelessness. We have hope that there will be some measure of justice, but we are left with the hollow realization that full justice for these senseless acts continues to elude us. While not nearly enough, we must take time to reflect on how we can work together to eliminate these systemic disparities  and achieve justice, equity and equality for a better future.

 

Second, during our Peer Learning Unit End of the Year Meeting on Wednesday June 3, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom (https://ucla.zoom.us/j/95208037247 ), we will use the first half of our meeting to facilitate a safe and supportive healing space for individuals to reflect and process various critical events impacting our lives. Please RSVP letting us know whether or not you can attend this event by Tuesday June 2, 2020 no later than 11:59pm at: https://forms.gle/9YpNXfEXZmJ4Aibs7

 

Third, here are some resources from a few organizations on  and off campus ( sent by your PLF colleague Byron Corado Perez and AAP Administration) to support you all during these times. We will be sharing more resources as we receive them:

  1. Some of us may have family members with different viewpoints so here is a way to open up the conversation with family members [English]:
    https://lettersforblacklives.com/dear-mom-dad-uncle-auntie-black-lives-matter-to-us-too-7ca577d59f4c

    1. Translations of the letter for non-english speaking households:
      https://lettersforblacklives.com/tagged/translation
  2. UCLA’s Community Service Commission created a Resource Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XOA546OnemSPIacz45nIEq8bRGnHWDneIOgu3VFjL8E/edit
  3. Unión Centroamericana, UNICA, de UCLA created a Resources Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19876cP_54WXSUYjwOssDDUKLQ6eQum52wqE7bXrWIrk/edit?usp=sharing
  4. UCLA’s Bruin Shelter created a Relevant Links and Resources Guide for those who want to take action or are seeking for mental health resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M6Rgb2WQoNS1UurW5bTLqdlZMjMJtIcRGJ69qebHEtw/edit?pli=1
  5. Unconscious Bias Education and Training
  6. Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work
  7. We are Living in a Racist Pandemic
  8. Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not
  9. Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma

Also here is a tweet  which may be a good clarification or push for you all to realize we don’t all have to help in the same capacity.

Thank you all for your time, support and contributions to AAP and the UCLA community.

In solidarity,

AAP Peer Learning Unit Administrative Team

Ifeoma Amah, Emmanuel Owaka, Bianca Muonekwu, Axel Hernandez  and Cindy Escobedo