Below is a list of UCLA student organizations relating to women, gender, and sexuality.

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). AWiSE 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 AWiSE program focuses on educational seminars, networking and mentorship opportunities.

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The purpose of the Afrikan Women’s Collective is to provide a safe space for women who identify with the Afrikan diaspora to join together and discuss topics and issues relevant to women of Afrikan descent. The Afrikan Women’s Collective also strengthens social ties, fosters individual excellence, and promotes achievement for black women in community on the campus of UCLA and beyond.

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Established in 1946, Bruin Belles Service Association is a registered non-profit philanthropic organization at UCLA dedicated to community and university service and the promotion of women’s leadership. Bruin Belles Service Association is a non-partisan, non-religious organization.

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Bruin Consent Coalition was formerly known as 7000 in Solidarity: A Campaign Against Sexual Assault. Our most important goal is to support survivors of sexual violence. All members receive trauma-informed training, advocacy and resource education. We also prioritize educating our fellow students and community members on the necessity of consent in all sexual acts. Additionally, we encourage fellow Bruins to be effective bystanders and speak out against sexual violence.

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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.

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Each year, scholars, lawyers, judges, and law students throughout the United States publish hundreds of articles concerning various aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The Williams Institute and the UCLA School of Law students who staff the journal have initiated The Dukeminier Awards to acknowledge and distribute the best of these articles. The goals of the prizes are to encourage scholars to begin or continue writing about sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy; provide valuable recognition and support for scholars, law students, and lawyers who write in this area; and provide easy access to each year’s best scholarly materials for those outside of legal academia, including lawyers, judges, other legal actors, and policy makers.

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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.

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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.

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Gamma Rho Lambda is an all inclusive queer sorority focused on developing unity through the lifelong bonds of sisterhood. The sorority supports and provides a safe space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and diverse backgrounds. It emphasizes emotional support, personal development, unconditional acceptance. Founded in Spring of 2009, Gamma Rho Lambda has expanded into the first LGBT sorority on campus.

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In the fall of 2000 three young women joined together with one common goal: To establish a Chicana/Latina based group at UCLA. These three women, supported by a group of strong, motivated, young women like themselves, recognized the lack of adequate support & resources for Chicana/Latina women and wanted to help fill this void. These visionary women set the foundation for what evolved into a recognized and respected campus and community organization. Hermanas Unidas de UCLA 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.

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The purpose of If/When/How: Law Students for Reproductive Justice shall be to provide students at the UCLA School of Law with a community that promotes and a forum for the discussion of reproductive justice.

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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.

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The Lambda Graduate Student Network (LGSN) is a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni at the University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA has a vast array of graduate programs, each hosting students and faculty with unique and diverse experiences and backgrounds. LGSN brings these individuals together, provides a forum for interaction, and fosters a sense of LGBT community.

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Since 1987 Latinas Guiding Latinas de UCLA (LGL) has mentored students from the East Los Angeles, El Monte and South Los Angeles areas in effort to promote and help students access higher education.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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We understand that racism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism, sexism, ageism, and the dehumanization of marginalized communities are institutionalized and continue to impede social equity and justice in the 21st century. We believe that urban planners contribute to this reality. As UCLA planners we are in a uniquely privileged position to transform the field of planning and empower marginalized communities.

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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.

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Queer Alliance at UCLA was formed to provide a bridge between all progressive LGBTQ+ organizations dealing with issues that touch people who are traditionally disadvantaged on the basis of sexual orientation, romantic attraction, gender expression, and/or gender identity. Queer Alliance recognizes the existence of past conflicts and tension amongst groups of various cultures and seeks to address these issues by serving as a bastion of greater understanding to which all interested parties can look towards as an example of the true spirit of cooperation through facilitation. The alliance looks forwards to maintaining its commitment to respect, understanding, equity, and equality while underscoring the need for the complete eradication of heteronormativity, queerphobia, and cisheterosexism outside and within the community at UCLA

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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.

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The Reproductive Health Interest Group (RHIG) is a registered graduate student group at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Founded in 2002, RHIG brings together students, faculty, and staff to learn about and discuss reproductive health issues, share information, and engage in service and advocacy projects.

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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, diversity and inclusion events as well as social events. Our UCLA chapter is one of the strongest engineering organizations. Our section has been recognized both locally and nationally, winning the Student Group of the Year award at UCLA in 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and bringing home awards from our annual National Conference in the past.

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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.

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Sexperts’ goal is to talk about something people often don’t like to talk about: sex! From pleasure to STIs and from contraceptives to consent, Sexperts promotes inclusive and honest discussions across campus. We help to eradicate gender based violence, engage the campus and start important conversations through workshops, panels, activities and advocacy projects.

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

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Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) is a curriculum-based mentorship program that pairs college women with middle school girls in under-served communities. WYSE was founded at UCLA in 1992, and has grown to include 12 branches across the country. Our mission is to empower young girls from all walks of life and aid in their development into strong and self confident women. At our weekly sites, mentors and mentees discuss issues like body image, healthy relationships, college planning and future options, and women’s’ health. WYSE at UCLA currently works at two sites: Mark Twain Middle School in Venice and Sepulveda Middle School in North Hills. Our program consists of weekly curriculum-based group sessions, one-on-one mentoring, and special events.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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