Apply for the 2019 Activist-in-Residence Program

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin are proud to jointly announce the 2019 UCLA Activist-in-Residence Program.
>> Applications are being accepted now through November 2 <<


With a shared commitment to advance democracy through research and  alliances with civil rights organizations and progressive social movements, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin have partnered to host the third annual cycle of the UCLA Activist-in-Residence Program.
Our organizations recognize that the work of social change is demanding and it is our objective to help sustain the activists, artists, and public intellectuals involved in this work through the UCLA Activist-in-Residence Program. We believe this collaboration helps strengthen the infrastructure of social transformation by providing leaders/activists with the time and space to recharge and to reflect upon a complex challenge facing their communities, while also allowing UCLA students to develop and strengthen their own commitment to social justice.

Goals of the program:
• Provide activists, artists, and public intellectuals the opportunity to explore or study a complex issue and to imagine new approaches or scholarship that will improve the lives of people in their communities.
• Increase the participation of progressive thought leaders 1) at every level of government, 2) in nonprofit organizations, and 3) in groups that influence public policy and grassroots organizing.
• Encourage collaborative teaching and learning communities that create new models of public scholarship and engagement for students – e.g., developing narratives that intersect the personal with political empowerment and link students’ lives to broader social processes, thereby “turning the university inside out.”

We welcome applications from those individuals who live and work in the Los Angeles region and who are available during the residency period (January 7-June 30, 2019). Click here for  more information about the UCLA Activist-in- Residence Program, eligibility requirements, and the application. Questions regarding eligibility or application procedure may be directed to Melany De La Cruz-Viesca at the Asian American Studies Center, or Cristina Barrera at the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin.