The Common Experience at UCLA

The Common Experience Program creates community and inspires activism at UCLA.

Each year, our Selection Committee made up of students, staff, faculty, and alumni select a title for the Bruin community to read, listen or watch together centered around a common theme. Our mission is to ignite campus-wide discussions on compelling social issues and inspire action within the Bruin community. Explore this page to learn about this year's selection, and to take a deeper dive to spark your curiosity and to get involved.

The 2023-2024 Selection: The Intersectional Environmentalist by Leah Thomas

The Intersectional Environmentalist offers a rundown of the core tenants of Intersectional Environmentalism through an activist’s lens, delivering information in a way that is inviting, convicting, and academically informed. This selection highlights how forces systematically influence both human-caused climate change and the marginalized populations that it affects most; it speaks on how we are all stakeholders in the challenge of healing and sustaining our shared Earth.

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“We can't save the planet without uplifting the voices of its people, especially those most often unheard. We should care about the protection of people as much as we care about the protection of our planet." Leah Thomas ~ The Intersectional Environmentalist

Upcoming Events

Come meet our student team and other community members inspired to create a more environmentally just and sustainblly focused campus. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Common Experience In The News

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UCLA Newsroom (September 29, 2023)

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UCLA Sustainability (October 3, 2023)

Diving Into Intersectional Environmentalism

The 2023-2024 Common Experience embraces the Intersectional Environmentalist by Leah Thomas, fueling conversations and cultivating community for a greener tomorrow.

Thematic Discussion Guide

This guide lays out all the learnings found in each chapter of the book, pairing them with discussion questions to get conversation flowing.

Discussion Guide

Intersectional environmentalist The Common Experience

The Intersectional History of EnvironmentalismVideo

Co-curricular Opportunities

The Sepulveda Transit Corridor for All Ambassador Program (STC4All) is a student volunteer program immersing participants in civic engagement, advocating for equitable and sustainable transportation! 

The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is an undergraduate course tied to the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge initiative. It empowers its cohorts to leverage interdisciplinary research to tackle the complex issues tied to urban sustainability. 

Fiat Lux When you are enrolling in classes, look for Fiat Lux (1 unit courses) that are connected to the Common Experience to dive deeper into the topics of Intersectional Environmentalism with renown UCLA Faculty. 

Find out more about these programs at the links below:

STC4All Sign-Up

URSP Application

Fiat Lux Classes  


Contact Us & Join the Committee

Join our Common Experience Selection Committee! 

We are currently seeking committee members for the 2024-2025 Common Experience Selection Committee! To be part of selecting our next Common Experience, please email We look forward to another historic selection with you.

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