Social/Identity Organizations

UNICA - Union Centroamericana

At UNICA de UCLA, we aim to empower Central American students, not only in Los Angeles, but in the United States through activism, education, and organizing that is rooted and founded in social change. We are an inclusive space that is welcoming of all individuals regardless of ethnicity, class, and creed.

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MEChA de UCLA

MEChA de UCLA stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o/x de Aztlán. MEChA de UCLA, founded in 1969, is political student organization that works towards the empowerment and self-determination of Raza communities through grassroots organizing, political and social consciousness, and education. This mission manifests itself in our various components, collectives, projects, and annual events. All are welcome to join us in community building, organizing, and to make use of our resources!

 

¡La unión hace la fuerza!

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Latinas Guiding Latinas (LGL)

LGL is a mentorship program that partners UCLA undergraduates with K-12 Latinas in East and South LA to empower them to pursue higher education. We aim to decrease the gap between the number of Latina high school graduates and the number of Latinas graduating from college. As their friends and role models, we provide our mentees workshops for academic success, college readiness, and personal growth through weekly site visits at their respective schools. We also provide them collegiate, social, cultural, and educational field trips. To wrap up the academic year, we host an annual Banquet and present a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior.

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Grupo Folklórico de UCLA

Since its inception in 1966, Grupo Folklórico de UCLA strives to promote cultural awareness throughout campus and our surrounding communities. We celebrate our heritage and culture through the regional music and traditions dances of Mexico. Our motto is “no experience is necessary” and welcome any and all of you to join us! Every year we put up 2 shows, free to the community in which we showcase various regions of Mexico. Follow us on our social media to learn more about our group!

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Chicanx/Latinx Living Learning Community

We are not a true organization but rather a community of about 180 students that live together on the second floor of Sproul. We get extra funds as a community and get to put on culturally relevant programming. Our signature program every year is our huge Dia de Los Muertos celebration that brings out about 1,000 attendees. The Chicanx/Latinx LLC ensures equal access to academic resources in an environment that understands where you’re coming from. Embracing and celebrating dozens of Latinx cultures, this floor carries the long tradition of Chicanx activism and unity on the UCLA campus and values the fair and accurate representation of its residents. 

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BruinHope

BruinHope is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 under CSC. Our goal is to enhance the childhood of orphan children in Tijuana, Mexico by promoting the importance of academia and healthy lifestyles, as well as creating secure mentorship dynamics between volunteers and children. We help develop the children’s social, economic, and emotional character through educational activities, fundraising, food/clothes drives, and consistency. There are no fees involved, and anyone is welcome to join! 

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Latinx Film and Theatre Association

Our organization is a space for Latinx artists to build their skills and build experience in film and theater. We are the producers of Night of Cultura and the Latinx Film Festival. Anyone can join. We plan our events, discuss our own projects, plan retreats, plan socials, plan fundraisers, assign task, check-ins, and share ideas. Resources include a vast support of dedicated members that together build a community that provides the feeling of inclusion on campus.

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Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success (IDEAS) at UCLA

IDEAS is a support and advocacy group for Undocumented Immigrants and allies at UCLA. Since 2003, IDEAS has been a trailblazer in the immigrant rights movement by giving a voice to the challenges and struggles immigrants face across the nation. As advocates we hope to inspire contemporary and future immigrant rights leaders at any institution to pursue a reform of the immigration system and ensure the holistic well being of the immigrant community.

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Association of First Generation Undergraduates

The Association of First Generation Undergraduates offers a safe space for first-generation students to express themselves and interact with each other. We provide personal, academic, and career development resources to first-generation students in order to facilitate transition into UCLA, and encourage student involvement through organizations or service activities within our community. Some of the resources we provide include: - Academic Workshops - Career and Personal Development - Information about other on-campus resources - Mentorship programs - Health and Wellness programs - Socials and community support

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Afro-Latinx Connection

Afro-Latinx Connection, also known as ALC, works to bridge the gap between the Afro Diaspora and Latinx communities at UCLA through community awareness and inclusive education. All individuals of all backgrounds can join and we discuss community issues and historical context of these issues.

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Project SPELL

Project SPELL (Students for Progress in Employee Language Learning) partners UCLA undergraduate and graduate student volunteers with UCLA frontline employees from custodial, maintenance, and food service units for personalized tutoring in English as a Second Language. Any current UCLA undergraduate or graduate students can apply for being a tutor. At meetings, we train tutors and provide them resources so that they can better tailor their lessons to their learners' goals and interests. Tutors will also have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with the Program Director to get more personalized advice. Other than tutoring resources, we provide professional development opportunities. 

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First To Go Living Learning Community

The First To Go Living Learning Community (LLC) is a housing community designed to help and motivate first generation college students! We are located in Hedrick Hall 5 south and anyone that is thinking of living on campus (the hill) is welcomed to apply even if you are not first-gen! We do anything from financial wellness programs to mental health programs even de-stress programs and everything in-between, suggestions always welcomed!!

Hermanas Unidas de UCLA

We provide resources and leadership opportunities for predominately Latina, college students, and alumni by participating in and facilitating community service events, social activities/networking opportunities, and academic/professional workshops. At our weekly meetings, we have fun activities (arts and crafts, self-care) and facilitate workshops on many topics such as how-to-study, finances, university 101 and more. Although we are a predominately Latina based organization, we are an open organization that welcomes all UCLA students and aims to create an inclusive environment.

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La Gente News Magazine

La Gente is an all-inclusive (news)magazine for marginalized voices in mainstream media. Our stories focus on the Latinx community in and around the Los Angeles area. Our mission is to critically engage with issues that directly and indirectly impact the large and diverse Latinx community.

 

Anyone is free to join - open to undergrads and graduate students!

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