Politics & public policy

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Labor expert weighs in on new Cesar Chavez biopic

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, project director with the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, talks about the first biopic to feature the iconic Chicano labor leader.

Students use alternative spring break to grow

There are plenty of UCLA students who are spending the week of spring break enhancing their suntans and frolicking at traditional meccas of fun to decompress. But spring break also represents another kind of opportunity for students who have opted to travel to other destinations. Think Detroit.

At the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, 10 graduate students have chosen to spend the week in the downtrodden Motor City to learn firsthand from city officials and leaders about the pain of insolvency and collapse of urban infrastructure.

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Grad research: backbone of UC innovation

Grad students travel to Sacramento to share work vital to meeting the needs of the state and its citizens.

Symposium examines NAFTA at 20

Art, culture, politics and economics intersect at Mexico Moving Forward event.

Berkeley’s Wikipedian-in-residence is a first

Scores of Cal undergrads are working to research and write articles for Wikipedia. Their coach is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at a U.S. college or university.

Great Recession pushes millions of adult children home

In California, older adults are paying a steep price for housing their boomerang kids.
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Four threats to American democracy

UCLA professor examines four interconnected issues that could threaten a breakdown of effective democratic government in the United States.
bar graph showing that 40% of UC students come from low-income households, in comparison with other selective public, private, and ivy league schools, which each enroll less than 24% low-income students

How UC serves low-income students

UC educates more low-income and first-generation college-going students than any other top caliber research university.
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A chat with parking guru Donald Shoup

Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, has become the nation’s oft-quoted, go-to expert on parking.
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UC leaders join President Obama at higher ed summit

President Napolitano, chancellors from Berkeley, Merced and San Diego join university leaders from across the nation to brainstorm ways how higher education can better serve less-advantaged students.