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  • LA Times: UCLA doubles down on ethnic studies expansion amid fraught national politics

    By Teresa Watanabe | Staff Writer  Feb. 5, 2024 6 AM PT More than five decades ago, Morgan Chu was taught a version of American history that all but ignored the experiences of Asian Americans like him. Chu, an attorney who grew up in New York and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, never … Read more


  • UCLA Newsroom: Alumni Helen and Morgan Chu pledge $10 million to benefit UCLA Institute of American Cultures

    Ben Stephens | February 5, 2024 Key takeaways Longtime donors to UCLA, the Chus participated in student-led protests in the 1960s that brought about the creation of UCLA’s ethnic studies centers. Their latest gift is intended to create four endowed chairs and provide wider support for the work of the UCLA Institute of American Cultures. … Read more


  • Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Future – Avory Wyatt
    Bruin Highlight: Avory Wyatt

    This January 2024 we are highlighting Native Bruin Avory Wyatt (Wašiw & Nümu) class of 2023. Avory Wyatt is Wašiw (Washo) and Numu (Northern Paiute) and a member of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. Before entering higher education, Avory grew up on the Hungry Valley Reservation which is located about thirty minutes outside of Reno, Nevada. … Read more


  • Native Bruin Highlight: Pat, Present & Emerging -David Montoya
    David Montoya

    This December we are highlighting Native Bruin David Montoya (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo), Class of 2009 – Juris Doctorate, Masters American Indian Studies.  David Montoya is an enrolled member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and has been serving Indian Country as an attorney and consultant for over 10 years. David graduated from UCLA School of Law’s … Read more


  • Tenure‐Track Assistant Professor in the Conservation of Native American/ Pacific Islander Cultural Heritage

    Apply Now: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08917 Job #JPF08917 UCLA GETTY CONSERVATION PROGRAM, AMERICAN-INDIAN STUDIES, ANTHROPOLOGY, ASIAN-AMERICAN DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF CHICANA/O STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF GENDER STUDIES, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, SOCIOLOGY / L&S Social Sciences / UCLA Position overview Position title: Assistant Professor Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. … Read more


  • Native Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Emerging – Angelo Isaac Sandoval
    Angelo Isaac Sandoval

    This November we are highlighting Native Bruin, Angelo Isaac Sandoval  (Apache/Dine) Class of 2009. Angelo Isaac Sandoval is a staff attorney and clinical supervisor with the Clean Slate Practice at the East Bay Community Law Center through UC Berkeley’s School of Law. He leads the work to end the criminalization of poverty, advocates for the … Read more


  • Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Native American Experiences in Engineering

    Apply at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08911 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Native American Experiences in Engineering University of California Los Angeles The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with Specialization in Native American Experiences in Engineering, slated to commence on July 1, 2024. We strongly encourage applications from outstanding candidates across … Read more


  • Native Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Future – Matthew de Lira

    This October we are highlighting Native Bruin Matthew de Lira Class of 2007 and Class of 2011. Matt started college at Chapman University in Orange, California. There he took American Indian history, anthropology, film, and sociology classes under Professor Paul Apodaca (a Native Bruin, UCLA Ph.D.) Matt then transferred to UCLA and graduated with the … Read more


  • Native Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Future – Jennifer R. Leal
    Jennifer R. Leal

    This September we are highlighting Native Bruin Jennifer R. Leal from the Washoe and Paiute tribal community, Class of 2005. Jennifer R. Leal is a descendant of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and Mono Lake Paiute tribal communities. She graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in American Indian … Read more


  • Native Bruin – Past, Present & Emerging – Christie Michelle Poitra
    Christie Michelle Poitra

    This August we are highlighting Native Bruin Christie Michelle Poitra, Class of 2010. Dr. Christie Michelle Poitra graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a Master of Arts degree in American Indian Studies. As a first-generation college graduate, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in Educational Policy from Michigan … Read more


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