LCHP Releases Report on Racism and the Quest for Racial Justice at UCLA

The Luskin Center is not only devoted to producing a new mode of research that brings historical depth to issues of policy relevance and urgency.  We are also deeply committed to marshaling the exceptional talents of student researchers, both undergraduate and graduate.  At the same time, we are intent on examining critically our own university environment, especially in the wake of the call for self-reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.

In this spirit, we are pleased to launch a suite of three new LCHP research reports, all of which have been spearheaded by UCLA graduate and undergraduate students.  The first paper explores the stunning rise and longer-term consequences of contingent academic labor in the University of California system.  The second, released below, is devoted to the history of race and racism at UCLA, focusing on forgotten personalities and chapters now brought to the light of day.  The third report, to be released in early April, took rise in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and investigates how UCLA responded to past crises of major scale.

As a whole, these reports offer a much-needed critical and constructive perspective on the institution that we call home. It is our hope that a thorough and honest exploration can show the path to a better and more just UCLA community.  As always, we welcome your feedback and input on this important body of research.

The History of Racism and the Quest for Racial Justice at UCLA

The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy is pleased to release a new series of reports about the history of the UC and UCLA.

The second report in this series investigates the long history of race and racism at UCLA. It examines the experiences and treatment of students of color throughout the university’s history, as well as examples of the individuals and movements that led the fight for racial justice at UCLA.

This report was researched and written by a team of over a dozen graduate and undergraduate student researchers conducted research over the past year and a half. They include: Desmond Fonseca, Mariana Gonzalez, Ariel Nicole Hart, Nadeeka Karunaratne, Armond Lee, Gabriela Legaspi, Kosi Ogbuli, Héctor Osorio, Abdullah Puckett, Debanjan Roychoudhury, Marisol Sánchez Castillo, Alexa Sass, Kateri Son, Skylar Weatherford.

To read the paper, click [HERE].

Listen to report authors Debanjan Roychoudhury, Kateri Son, and Skylar Weatherford in conversation with Professor Aomar Boum about their research in the podcast episode