In the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, we are dedicated to advancing research with real-word impact. As the #1 public university located in one of the most diverse cities in the world, we are ideally positioned to address critical issues facing our communities. Through the work of our world-class faculty –  and our students who will become the leaders of tomorrow – we strive to be a leading agent for change across the nation and around the world.

Movements for social justice motivate many of our researchers to gain a better understanding of the forces that shape the world around us. I am pleased to share this video highlighting two such researchers, Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Abel Valenzuela, and the important, action-oriented research they are leading in the social sciences.As a public institution, our work is ultimately in service of you, our community. By engaging LA, we are changing the world.


Darnell Hunt, Ph.D.
Dean, UCLA Division of Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology and African American Studies