Advancing Women in Science and Engineering

The Business of Science Center (BSC) program, Advancing Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE), was initiated in response to the dichotomy that within the professional sector women are less likely to enter science and engineering careers, are underrepresented in leadership roles and are far less likely than their male counterparts to become patent holders (women represent 5.5% of commercialized or licensed patent holders). However, the majority of BSC founding members and student leadership has been driven by female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The BSC aims to provide a forum for candid conversations to address these concerns and offer training and education to mitigate similar circumstances once our graduates enter the professional sector. We are fortunate to have an impressive network of successful female mentors who are leaders in the science, engineering and business sectors and the BSC AWiSE program focuses on educational seminars, networking and mentorship opportunities.
Email: bsc@mednet.ucla.edu

African Women’s Collective

The purpose of the African Women’s Collective is to provide a place for women to come together and discuss issues and topics relative to women of African descent. The African Women’s Collective shall also strengthen social ties, foster individual excellence and promote achievement within the community on the campus of UCLA and beyond.

For more information: http://m.groups.ucla.edu/Organization/Details?organizationId=900

Bruin Belles Service Association

Established in 1946, Bruin Belles Service Association is an official non-profit UCLA philanthropic organization dedicated to community & university service & the promotion of women’s leadership.

Information: http://www.bruinbelles.com

Bruin Feminists for Equality

To develop bold, new strategies, and programs to advance the social, political and economic equality of all people. To seek to eliminate all forms of oppression based on gender, race, sexual orientation and ability. Most importantly, empowerment of women and girls in all sectors of society. All programs of the FMF endeavor to include a global perspective and activities to promote leadership development, especially among young women.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BruFems/

By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)

We are students dedicated to defend affirmative action, integration, and immigrant rights. We are working to eliminate racism, sexism, anti-gay bigotry, and all forms of inequality and oppression.

Information: http://www.bamn.com

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21363628696

Clothesline Project, UCLA

The Clothesline Project at UCLA is a non-partisan student organization aiming to stop gender-based violence and other hate crimes. We strive to spread awareness of sexual violence prevalent in local and foreign communities and educate the student population in ways of breaking the stigma surrounding issues of sexual violence.

Information: https://clotheslineproject.wordpress.com/

Contact: clothesline.ucla@gmail.com

Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law

The Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law recognizes outstanding current scholarship in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law.

Fem Newsmagazine

fEM, UCLA’s feminist newsmagazine since 1973, is dedicated to the empowerment of all women, the promotion of human rights, the recognition of gender diversity, and the application of intersectional feminism. FEM celebrates women’s right to equality in all aspects of life and appeals to an audience that believes feminist ideology is still necessary to defeat sexism. We will offer a wide range of timely feature, opinion, and news pieces that tackle gender issues in relation to sexuality, race, class, and popular culture. The purpose of FEM is to enlighten our audience with information and personal accounts that may be rejected or ignored within mainstream media.

Contact:  fem@media.ucla.edu

Feminist Caucus

The Feminist Caucus is a non-hierarchical student run organization that seeks to empower students to cultivate and nourish their feminisms. As an organization we intend: To promote an inclusive academic community that is supportive of feminist thinking, scholarship, and practice. To advocate for social justice for marginalized populations; acknowledging the complexities of gender, social identity, privilege, oppression, and power on womens’ and girls’ experiences. To contribute to building a politically, socially, environmentally, economically just world through feminist scholarship, and activism.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCLAFeministCaucus/ 

Contact: uclafeministcaucus@gmail.com

Feminist Theory Reading Group

The Feminist Theory Reading Group promotes the study of feminist philosophy among students at UCLA. Particularly, the Feminist Theory Reading Group organizes discussions of philosophical texts related to the study of gender and sexuality, enables students with interests in feminist theory to meet other students with similar interests, and encourages research in feminist philosophy.

Contact: feministtheoryreadinggroup@gmail.com

Fluid

Fluid is a student run discussion/social based group that strives to promote awareness and tolerance, as well as to create a safe space for people from all backgrounds, to discuss bisexual and pansexual related issues.

Contact: : fluid.org@gmail.com

Gamma Rho Lambda

Gamma Rho Lambda is an all-inclusive sorority for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight-ally women.

Information: https://grlzeta.wordpress.com/

Global Women’s Empowerment Network at UCLA

The Global Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN) is a nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness and funds that will support and heal individuals who have suffered abuse or discrimination of any kind. GWEN at UCLA will encourage students to engage in meaningful service and leadership through many different events throughout the year. This will include a mentoring program for current high school and middle school students in the LA area, focusing on teaching acceptance and serving as positive role models for the students. It will also serve as a resource for students to learn more about different forms of abuse and what can be done to help victims of abuse through workshops and guest speakers. GWEN will have a continuous and diverse group of speakers that will discuss a wide range of topics in order to empower the UCLA student body. It will also serve as a resource to support the interests of individual club members by allowing members to choose community service opportunities and events related to each respective member’s interests.

Contact: gwenatucla@gmail.com

Hermanas Unidas

Hermanas Unidas combines academic, community service, and social activities to unite and support Chicana/Latinas along their pursuit of a degree in higher education while emphasizing HERMANDAD. This is composed of three pillars 1. Academics: Through emphasis on academics not only do we empower our minds but our future as well…Group Study Halls, Scholarship/Internship Information,Academic Honor Society, Scholarship Awards 2. Community Service: In the struggle to empower ourselves we must never forget about our communities, AIDS Walk/Breast Cancer Walk, Senior Citizen Visits, Padres Contra el Cancer, Outreach Program 3. Collegiate Networking: In stressing Hermandad a family network is created to foster an environment of respect and unity while supporting our own interests and talents…Quarterly Retreats,Chapter Wide Conference, Intra Fraternal Outings, Fundraising Events

Information: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/hermanas

La Familia de UCLA

La Familia is UCLA’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organization by and for Latinas and Latinos. La Familia exists because our experiences as a people, our historical and continued struggle for liberation gives rise to particular needs and interests which require a different framework of analysis than that of the mainstream Queer community.

Information: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/QA/?page_id=53

La Joteria de UCLA

Our organization is a tool we are using to fight the lack of education and political consciousness found in the Joteria community. We are an organization that is here to address and build bridges around issues like race, culture, class, gender, and sexuality. We are here because we have witnessed the continual marginalization of Joteria from our community and political/social organizations. We work as a collective and foster a safe space where we can support, report, and empower ourselves as Chicana/o, Latina/o Jotos, Jotas, and allies.

Information: http://lafamiliadeucla.wordpress.com/qlyc/

Lambda Graduate Student Network (LGSN)

The Lambda Graduate Student Network (LGSN) exists to bring together University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) graduate students, faculty and staff through a range of social events in order to facilitate the formation of intellectually stimulating, diverse and supportive peer networks within and beyond the academic environment. Our focus is on creating fun and accessible social opportunities that cater to the busy lives of graduate students.

Information: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/lgsn/LGSN.org/Welcome.html 

Latinas Guiding Latinas

Latinas Guiding Latinas de UCLA (LGL) has a long history (since 1987) of reaching back into the community to bring mentees along so they can go to college and/or be valuable members of the community.

Information: https://sites.google.com/site/latinasguidinglatinasdeucla/

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Our mission is to provide a voice for pro-choice law students and a dialogue on reproductive rights issues within the UCLA Law community.

Information:  http://lsrj.org

Law Women of UCLA

Law Women of UCLA provides a forum for female law students to discuss gender-related issues at the law school and in the legal profession. It provides opportunities for networking with prominent female attorneys, as well as academic support, and also advocates for curricular diversity and for the recruitment and retention of women at UCLA Law.

Contact: lw@lawnet.ucla.edu

Luskin Women’s Leadership Network

Our vision is for Luskin women students and alumni to directly influence governmental policy decisions. Our mission is to increase the number of Luskin alumni women leaders in California. We will do this by connecting Luskin women to other emerging and established leaders across Los Angeles, and to foster lively, honest discussion around professional development areas that are most relevant to our members.

Contact: she4she.luskin@gmail.com

Ms. JD - National Women Law Student’s Organization (NWLSO)

Serving women in law school and the legal profession, Ms. JD-NWLSO is the student arm of Ms. JD, an online community that provides a forum for a dialogue and networking among lawyers and aspiring lawyers.

Information: http://ms-jd.org

OUTLaw

OUTLaw is established for the express purposes of: providing a social network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) law students at UCLA; organizing career, education, and academic oriented events for the benefit of LGBTQA law students at UCLA; encouraging LGBTQA prospective students to pursue a course of study at UCLA School of Law; ensuring the visibility of LGBTQA law students at UCLA; and generally promoting the interests of LGBTQA law students at UCLA.

Information: http://uclaoutlaw.bol.ucla.edu

Pan-Asian Queers

Pan-Asian Queers is the social and political student group for queer students of Asian-Pacific Islander descent and allies.

Information: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/qa/

Planners of Color for Social Equity

We recognize that racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism are institutionalized and impede social equity. We believe that planners have contributed to this reality. As planners we have a responsibility and are in a unique position to transform the field of planning to empower historically marginalized communities. We stand for creating positive social change NOW!

Information: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/pcse

Project 1

Project 1’s purpose is to help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, as well as allies, with academics and cultural awareness. We hope to foster leadership skills that would help the students organize around relevant issues as well as develop holistically.

Contact: ucla.project1@gmail.com

Queer Alliance

To provide a bridge between all organizations dealing with issues that touch people who are traditionally disadvantaged on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The QA resounds as the collective voice of queer students coming from diverse backgrounds and organizations.

Information: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/qa

Queers for Public Health

Queers for Public Health (QPH) is a graduate student group that aims to build and support a queer community with presence at the UCLA School of Public Health and the broader health science campus through educational events, social networking, and collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. Our primary goals include highlighting the specific needs of gender and sexual minorities, offering a space for queer identified students studying at the the School of Public Health to socialize & network and hosting educational events. We’ve paired with the UCLA LGBT Resource center to develop LGBT health education workshops, lecture series, and health interventions for LGBT students and the general student body at UCLA and the School of Public Health. We intend to address heterosexism in healthcare settings and the importance of LGBTQIA cultural competency both in our practice as public health professionals and also within the School of Public Health curriculum.

Contact: qph@ucla.edu

QueerxGirl

Queer x Girl is UCLA¡s multi-issue political and social group for queer, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered women and allies of all genders. Queer x Girl shall exist to work toward meeting the educational, social, political and community awareness needs of queer women regardless of gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, disability, or culture. The ultimate goal of Queer x Girl is to provide a diverse forum to increase visibility of queer women, and provide a positive space for open expression of gender and sexual orientation in everyday life. Queer x Girl shall work toward this goal by facilitating an open and supportive atmosphere for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women both on campus and in the community at large through political and social action. As a progressive organization, we realize that all oppressions are interconnected, and we are committed to supporting the causes of all social justice issues.

Information: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/QA/?page_id=59

Reproductive Health Interest Group

The purpose of the Reproductive Health Interest Group (RHIG) is to bring students of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health together to learn about and discuss reproductive health issues, share information and engage in service and advocacy projects related to reproductive health. RHIG hopes to increase the presence of reproductive health research, advocacy, and outreach at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the broader health science programs through educational events, networking, and collaboration with students, faculty, and staff and professionals outside of UCLA.

Contact: uclarhig@gmail.com

Social Welfare LGBTQA Caucus

PRIDE at UCLA Luskin serves to encourage education, social justice, and activism around issues affecting the LGBTQI community. The student organization also exists to provide a welcoming and inclusive community for LGBTQI students and allies in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Contact: prideluskin@gmail.com

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers is a national society that has been encouraging females to aspire, advance, and achieve their full potential in the fields of engineering and science. We are devoted to providing our members with industry networking, career development workshops, outreach activities, community service as well as social events. Our UCLA chapter is one of the strongest and most academic engineering organizations. Our section has been recognized both locally and nationally, winning the Student Group of the Year award at UCLA in 2005 and bringing home awards from our annual National Conference these past few years.

Information: http://www.seas.ucla.edu/swe

SWC Body Image

The aim of the Body Image Task Force is to help the entire UCLA student body combat issues of body image. We do so by hosting events, workshops, and speakers that tackle issues such as exercise, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, mental health, and self esteem. Living as college students in Los Angeles, we want to help students understand how influenced we all are by media images and we want to give students the tools to combat these influences. The media has given us a specific image of what is beautiful, and we want to encourage every student on campus to feel confident and beautiful no matter how their body looks.

Contact: bodyimagetaskforce.ucla@gmail.com

SWC Gender Health

Dedicated to improving the overall sexual health and increasing the awareness of gender-related health issues through showcasing exciting campus-wide events.

Contact: genderhealth.swc@gmail.com

Transgender UCLA Pride

TransUP is a safe space for transgender, genderqueer, gender questioning, and allied members of the UCLA community.

Contact:  transuclapride@gmail.com

Women’s Graduate Student Association at UCLA

An intracampus organization networking with specific women-focused groups to provide skill building, cross-disciplinary support, and intersectional outreach to women in graduate study at UCLA.

Contact: wgsaucla@gmail.com

Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (W.Y.S.E.)

WYSE is devoted to empowering young women to make responsible decisions regarding their futures. The program facilitates discussions on various issues such as sexism and sexual decision making, personal identity, and future options. The engaging curriculum, composed of interactive activities and discussion, consists of four units: Self-awareness and Confidence Building Sexual Health and Decision-Making Broader Women’s Issues and Future Option Community Action WYSE is part of a national organization with 11 branches at universities across the country, with UCLA being the original branch that started it all.

Contact: wyseatucla@gmail.com

Women in the Physical Sciences

The Women in the Physical Sciences organization strives to create a supportive atmosphere for all women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Our goal is to provide encouragement and guidance to our members interested in pursuing a STEM degree while fostering a friendly and social environment.

Contact: wps.ucla@gmail.com

Women’s Law Journal, UCLA

The UCLA Women’s Law Journal is an academic legal journal that uses the power of language to educate people and make women’s voices heard. We seek to do so by focusing not only on the common struggles of women, but also on diversity as a strength in feminist legal scholarship. Through diversity, we seek to represent the reality of all women’s lives and experiences, without separating voices into exclusionary categories. The WLJ was one of the first journals in the country to address issues of gender, race, and sexual orientation. The Journal remains one of the top journals in the field, with hundreds of subscribers around the world. The WLJ is an entirely student-run law journal. We publish works by professors, practitioners, and students from around the world, who represent all sides of the legal, political, religious, and cultural spectrum.

Information: http://journals.law.ucla.edu/wlj/Pages/default.aspx

Contact: wlj@lawnet.ucla.edu

Women’s Pre-Law Association

The mission of the Women’s Pre-Law Association is to empower, educate, and support female pre-law students to advance within legal professions. This organization was formed to help overcome the specific challenges faced by women pursuing a career in law, although membership is open to any student. The group allows a non-competitive forum for students to network and discuss issues such as law school and law school preparation.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WPLAatUCLA/

Womyn of Color Collective

The Womyn of Color Collective is dedicated to creating a safe space and a community within the UCLA School of Law where the unique experiences, opinions, challenges, and successes of womyn and womyn of color are shared, discussed, and developed. We are a collective of individuals who identify as womyn, womyn of color, or allies. We are open to all people ready to engage in an open and honest dialogue about race, gender and the law. Our mission is to promote the empowerment, inspiration, and personal and professional development of womyn and people of color in the legal field.

Contact: womynuclalaw@gmail.com