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Stories

Every single day, every one of us is helped by something UCLA students, faculty or alumni have done, discovered or improved. These are the stories of UCLA Optimists in action.

Human Rights Deepening our commitment on campus and around the globe Read Story Judy Baca Her murals make LA history come alive Read Story Dennis Hong He believes that robots are mankind’s best friend Read Story Dave Roberts The Dodger skipper proves that nice guys do finish first Read Story Lula Washington Her dance artistry will move you Read Story Ava DuVernay Alumna Ava DuVernay directs Selma Read Story UCLA Community School Renewing parents’ hopes for their children Read Story ELFIN Satellite Students design and build a satellite Read Story Jorja Leap Bringing change to the streets of Los Angeles Read Story Herbie Hancock Jazz legends share their music Read Story David Geffen Medical Scholarships Geffen scholarships provide debt-free medical education Read Story Operation Mend Restoring wounded warriors - body, mind and spirit Read Story UCLA Mobile Clinic Delivering compassion on wheels Read Story Dr. Dirna Mayasari Changing lives, one person at a time Read Story UCLA Health Revolutionary changes in medicine start here Read Story George Takei For this starship officer, there is no final frontier Read Story Brad Carter Strumming through surgery, then making an album Read Story UCLA Law School’s
Williams Institute
Reorientation of a nation Read Story
Grand Challenges Thriving in a hotter Los Angeles Read Story Angela Davis Teaching a lesson in academic freedom Read Story UCLA in Space Exploring the galaxy with spaceships and telescopes Read Story Aydogan Ozcan Cellphones that diagnose disease, and other miracles Read Story Laurence Smith Tracking climate change in Greenland Read Story World Arts and Cultures/Dance The Body Language of UCLA Dance Read Story Professor Dean Ho Using nanodiamonds to fight disease Read Story UCLA Volunteer Center Channeling Bruin empathy and energy Read Story Danusia Francis Cartwheels on a 4-inch beam — Sideways Read Story