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UCLA First Year Experience
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The 2022-2023 Common Experience selection is The Intersectional Environmentalist, which illuminates this year's theme of Sustainability and Climate Change. We invite our entire Bruin community to engage with the media and participate in themed discussions and programs. Below are resources that may help students, faculty, and staff facilitate engagement around the media and theme.

For Students

Activeminds UCLA: a mental health advocacy group under the USAC Student Wellness Commission

Black Bruin Resource Center (BBRC): a hub for the Black and Afrikan Diaspora community that governs programs to uplift, support, and inspire the Black Bruin experience

Bruin Resource Center (BRC): a center that offers programs specializing in supporting former foster youth, undocumented students, transfer students, students in recovery, and students with children

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): individual counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy, psychoeducational programs

Resilience in Your Student Experience RISE Center: programs, classes, trainings, and resources to support resilience and well-being

UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center: a center that provides education and advocacy services to foster a safe and inclusive environment for UCLA's LGBTQ community

UCLA Sustainability: a resource to learn about sustainability efforts here on campus, including research initiatives, get-started-guides, and student led efforts.

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability: a hub specifically focusing on UCLA's academic and post-graduate efforts in combatting climate change across the globe.

UCLA Surplus Stop​​​​​: a space to donate furniture, electronics, and other second-hand items to be reused by the UCLA community. Led by UCLA Zero Waste, the Surplus Stop is open to all UCLA students, staff, and faculty. Pick up of items is by appointment only, and free of charge!

For Faculty/Staff

The Intersectional Environmentalist Toolkits

US Environmental Protection Agency

UCLA Library Research Guide: Sustainability

UCLA Library Research Guide: Food Studies

UCLA Library Research Guide: Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Intersectional Environmentalist in the Media


Green Girl Leah

Vogue’s Article “All My Environmental Heroes are Black Women”

Elle’s Article “How Communities of Color Were Left Out of the Earth Day Movement”

Marie Claire’s Article “What Is Intersectional Environmentalism”

Podcasts & Videos

Intersectional Environmentalist Podcast

The Intersectional History of Environmentalism

TEDxLondon: What is an Intersectional Environmentalist?

Local Sustainability Efforts

Sustainable LA Grand Challenge: a university-wide, interdisciplinary initiative aimed at utilizing UCLA research and education to contribute towards building a more sustainable Los Angeles.

The UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is now accepting applications from graduate students for its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Fellows Program! Applications are open to any scholarly field, and will close on May 1st, 2023. Explore their site to find more information on the program and the application! For specific application resources, check out their Application Toolkit.

Heal the Bay: an environmental non-profit established in 1985, Heal the Bay is dedicated towards making beaches and watersheds in the Los Angeles area safer, healthier, and cleaner.

Want to Collaborate?

Please fill out our interest form.

Not sure where to start in your sustainability journey? Check out this video from Athens Services to learn about how you can properly dispose of your waste right here on campus! It's a small step, but collectively will make such an impact on our Bruin community.

Recycling at UCLAVideo