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

R.I.P. George Floyd – Resources

Report an Incident of BIAS – Dean of Students

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a multidisciplinary student mental health center for the UCLA campus.

Emotional Support Services for Faculty, Staff and their Family
For confidential counseling services, you may contact the Center at 310-794- 0245 during regular business hours.

Guided Meditations – UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center …

Resources for Racial Trauma

LA Social Sciences

Here are some resources from a few organizations on and off campus 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

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