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FUNDING

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS REFERENDUM

This fund continues to fund and strengthen efforts promoting "academic advocacy" and educational programming for such issues as curriculum reform; more student-initiated courses; lowering the student/faculty ratio; improving the quality of undergraduate education; as well as fund the creation of academic support resources such as the Professor and Course Evaluation Handbook for undergraduate students and so on. This would additionally support the efforts of the growing student movements for academic reform as well as improve the effectiveness of students serving on Academic Senate Committees.

Please direct your questions to Lelia Kennedy, Academic Success Referendum Funding Director, at usaaac.asrf@gmail.com

Please read over the by-laws BEFORE applying to see if your student organization and proposed program fit the following rules, guidelines, and deadlines.  

Funding Guidelines: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fyYMiiEotq1aORgdksPJdXtH5rVtnmwKWC5OIxRkpRA/edit?usp=sharing 

TRAVEL GRANT MINI FUND

The purpose of the AAC Travel Grant Mini Fund is to support UCLA undergraduate students and student groups with their academic endeavors. The Travel Grant Mini Fund provides grants for their travel and accommodation expenses during these academic events. By mitigating possible financial constraints of academic travel, the Travel Grant Mini Fund hopes to provide equal opportunities to students.

Please direct your questions to Tina Yee, Travel Grant Mini Fund Funding Director, at  aactravelfund@gmail.com

Please read over the by-laws BEFORE applying to see if your student organization and proposed program fit the following rules, guidelines, and deadlines. 

Funding Guidelines:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SYSABYshgGpi5YAstGc5KPZXYIXtAaoqzkLFtNupeVY/edit?usp=sharing

*** Please allow the funding team 5 business days to respond before following up about funding for your organization. 

QUARTER RECAP


Summer and Fall 2020 Report brought to you by the Academic Affairs Commission

This is the USAC Academic Affairs Commissioner’s quarterly recap, created by the executive directors and commissioner, Breeze Velazquez, in order to evaluate and update the general student body on AAC’s goals, objectives, and progress within the first half of the 2020-2021 academic year. It is important to begin with understanding what is the Academic Affairs Commission under the Undergraduate Students Association Council. 
Our commission has four core components. The first is the Academic Senate. Our commissioner is charged with appointing over 25 student appointments as Academic Senators on various committees mixed with UCLA faculty and staff members. It is through the Academic Senate that AAC has the power to influence and make policy changes within UCLA. AAC also provides funding opportunities for individual students and student organizations through the Travel Grant Mini Fund and the Academic Success Referendum Fund. These funds are provided to us through the Social Justice Referendum. The commission also aims to increase accessibility within USAC and AAC by offering a fall and winter internship class. This class of interns is educated on the ins and outs of USAC, AAC and student advocacy. Interns usually go on to serve as liaisons between their communities and USAC, return as executive staff members, and even run for student government positions. Lastly, AAC provides programmatic support and resources that aim to enhance students’ educational environment.

SANCTUARY CAMPUS

  • This quarter, sanctuary campus released a Mental Health resource guide that directs students from all communities  to mental health resources catering  to and cognizant of their backgrounds. They also negotiated with admin to secure a safer prayer space for the Muslim community. They also hosted a number of events, including a post-election healing space, intended to provide a safe space for communities effected by the election, a sexual assault training workshop, and a decolonization of the mind workshop which explored how colonization has influenced the manner by which our current society operates.

RETENTION FIRST

  • This quarter, Retention First compiled a resource/survival guide of helpful UCLA resources for incoming freshmen and transfer students to aid in their transition during remote learning. We also met with admin to advocate for the posting of class syllabi prior to student enrollment. Additionally, we updated the books for bruins application and successfully disbursed funds to 515 students. We will update the application next quarter and adjust the disbursement process to address concerns brought up during fall.

TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY 

  • This quarter, Transparency and Accountability, continued to answer any responses received about AAC and Academic Senate through our Google form. We discussed concerns regarding how to make different aspects of AAC more transparent with the student body. We worked on releasing our weekly meeting agendas for the student body and also starting to compile monthly updates.

SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • This quarter, Space and Tech worked on drafting our upcoming podcast, to center around activism, AAC, and empowering marginalized communities. Our podcast takes an intersectional perspective, and we were able to work with staffers in effectively communicating this broad-reaching vision. We have just acquired the materials for our production process, and aim to start that as soon as possible. Throughout the quarter and the summer, we also coordinated with other departments within and outside of AAC to spread awareness about available technological resources and other AAC materials -- such as Library, Marketing, and TSR. We also worked with the library to advocate for the expansion of laptops to be provided and shipped to as many students as possible

FUNDRAISING

  • This quarter, we were able to put together a Spark campaign to fundraise for Books for Bruins. This campaign lasted 1 month, and we were able to raise almost $1,000 thanks to the support of the larger UCLA community and others that shared the campaign. With this coming to an end, fundraising has begun focusing on other projects such as sticker/print sales. We will announce when things are ready to sell next quarter. We also hope to continue applying for grants for AAC (although this has been difficult this year and we have no major updates in this area).

FUNDING

  • This quarter, the Funding Committee worked on making our funding applications more accessible for students. With COVID-19 many in-person events were canceled, so we worked to loosen the eligibility requirements to best assist the student body. We were able to expand our funding to subsidize necessities like WiFi for students along with unexpected travel expenses that so many have had to incur as a result of the pandemic. We have also worked on creating guides that help students understand what we look for when going over applications, began to re-open office hours to help with application and document submission, and have begun talks to further expand funding opportunities and eligibility for the student body. Going forward, we hope to greatly expand opportunities for funding for the ASRF and TGMF funds and better adapt to the changing academic world as a result of COVID-19.

ACCESS AND EQUITY

Access and Equity is charged with advocating for the removal of the SAT and forms of standardized testing that prove to be a historical admission admissions barrier. 

  • Met with a series of UCLA and higher education faculty to discuss standardized testing and find an advisor for our commission-sponsored research project. We ultimately secured our advisor, Professor Walter Allen, to help us develop a research paper regarding our initiative.

  • Met with and retained research and information from California higher-education consulting organization SoCal CAN to discuss equitable college admissions.

  • We also began researching multiple cases, journals, articles, and etc. about the topic.

  • And finally, we hired a staff of about 5 students to help us develop our research paper on the elimination of the SAT.

COMMUNITY LIASONS

  • This quarter, Community Liaisons have worked to try and create a bridge between the office and the UCLA community. At the beginning of the quarter we sent out a newsletter to inform students of the resources that the AAC directors are compiling for the community. We have also worked to create connections with orgs on campus in order to be able to get to know other orgs and their missions. We have also created a google form for anyone trying to contact the AAC office. This will help filter which directors it should go to.

 
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