UC Los Angeles

The UC Haiti Initiative @ UC Los Angeles is the local chapter of UCHI’s unprecedented system-wide organization. Driven by UC students, faculty, researchers, administrators and supporters, together we continue to organize locally in the ongoing effort to leverage the diverse, passionate talents from across all ten UC campuses into a twinning model with the Université d’état d’Haïti (UEH), or State University of Haiti, to find real solutions to the poverty created and perpetuated by the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January of 2010. In response, this chapter is a call to action that has established a close connection between the student body, faculty and administrators to ensure that Haiti’s rebuilding and long-term goals are met through collaboration in higher education.

Currently, the UCLA Chapter of the UC Haiti Initiative is an active student organization whose vision is to bring together administration, faculty, and students in hope of promoting sustained development. Our faculty and students aim to collaborate with Haitian academia and institutions in order to more efficiently help Haiti. Many faculty and students have become involved; together we will continue to promote Haitian awareness throughout the great Los Angeles area. We hope to do this by educating students about Haiti’s rich culture and history and methods of sustained development. We will commence a multi-disciplinary course on Haiti at UCLA in 2013 that grows on a previous offering from 2011. 

In concert with the other nine UCHI chapters, we collaborate with our Haitian colleagues to realize a shared vision for Haiti’s bright future; a vision in which we develop new ways of working together as global citizens on a university platform; a vision that has poor people and poor communities at its center that addresses the causes and consequences of the post-earthquake conditions that have created and perpetuated severe circumstances for the majority of Haiti’s proud and talented populace. Please join us.

For all inquires/further information, please contact:

Sophia Lykke, Int’l Development and Global Studies; UCLA Chapter Director