Envisioning a Public Research Agenda in Los Angeles

  • Lori J. Vogelgesang University of California Los Angeles
  • Margaret Leal-Sotelo University of California Los Angeles
Keywords: Higher Education, Public Universities, Community Engagement


The University of California, Los Angeles is an institution founded on a public mission and positioned as a world-renowned research university. This article describes the successes, challenges and future directions of a concerted institutional effort to engage with the broader Los Angeles community to address pressing social issues and needs. The notion of "engaged scholarship" is at the core of the UCLA initiative.