UCLA Made Your Life Better Today.
On one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, in a global city teeming with energy and brimming with opportunity, risks are taken, doors are opened and anything is possible. In ways large and small, across the street or around the world, UCLA Optimists are making the world better for everyone.
At UCLA, we believe in the open exchange of ideas and constructive dialogue. The Optimist conversation series brings together the university’s renowned scholars, world-class scientists and accomplished alumni for in-depth discussions on the topics of the day.
Life in the Future
NPR Arts Desk senior editor Nina Gregory, co-founder of Siri and Viv Labs Adam Cheyer and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of UCLA’s School of Education & Information Studies, discuss evolutions in culture, artificial intelligence and the cities of the future.Watch the Discussion
The Power of Mentors
President & COO of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks Christine Simmons, UCLA evolutionary biologist Paul Barber and renowned gang expert Jorja Leap discuss the art and science of mentorship.Watch the Discussion
UCLA is made up of people who take on any challenge and find solutions to any problem. People for whom excellence is a way of life. We call them Optimists. And every day, our lives are made better by something they have discovered, improved, invented or created. Here are just some of their stories.