The 2020 residency will take place from January – May 2020. Each Activist will receive a part-time UCLA appointment, a $7,500 stipend, and may receive up to $2,500 in research support through expense reimbursement (e.g., to host workshops with UCLA students and community residents, to hire a UCLA research assistant, etc.). In addition, the Activists will receive office space at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and paid parking. This residency does not include benefits.
Two Activists for the 2020 UCLA Activist-in-Residence Program will be selected: one for the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and one for the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. Interested individuals may apply for only one of the following residencies:
• The Institute on Inequality and Democracy: This residency is funded by the James Irvine Foundation established to bring scholar-activists to the Institute who will undertake social movement research and pedagogy directly concerned with equity at the urban scale—preferably in one or more of the following themes: Housing Justice in Unequal Cities; Debt and Predatory Financialization; Policing and Incarceration; Decolonizing the University. This residency is required to have student engagement through workshops, class visits, public events, and/or community meetings or field research. Institute staff will be available to assist.
• The UCLA Asian American Studies Center: This residency is made possible through the Yuji Ichioka and Emma Gee Endowment in Social Justice and Immigration Studies. The Activist will work on a project of their choice that addresses social inequality in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The selection committee will give preference to those whose work is connected to a movement, campaign, or organization. Applicants are also encouraged to participate in a variety of events, such as presentations, class visits, workshops, panels, activist projects, video projects, and Center meetings.
The UCLA Activist-in-Residence Program is designed for people who are at least mid-career and who have demonstrated leadership in nonprofit and community-serving organizations.
Interested applicants must:
• Be 18 years or older
• Live and work in the Los Angeles region
• Be available part-time during the residency period (January – May 2020)
• Currently work full-time or have recently held a leadership position at a community organization or government agency that works with underserved low-income, immigrant, and/or communities of color
• Be committed to working for social justice
• Be committed to building a cross-disciplinary network of leaders and scholars
• Present a clearly articulated statement about what the applicant hopes to gain from the residency and what issues s/he/they plans to explore. For example, how resources would be used for reflection and renewal, in addition to working on and addressing a complex challenge in her/his/their field
• Be able to converse in English and/or provide a translator for all group meetings
• Not be a current university student or employee
Application deadline: Applications are now closed. Applications will be open for the 2020-21 academic year in Fall 2020.
Applicants notified: Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by early December 2019.