Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

The overall goal of my research is to identify the social, psychological, and biological factors that shape health risk and resilience among African Americans across the life course. I focus primarily on understanding the ways that stress and coping contribute to disparities in both mental and physical health outcomes, and using this knowledge to improve health and well-being among this […]

Conversations, Readings Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:30 PM at Billy Wilder Theater

Conversations, Readings Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:30 PM at Billy Wilder Theater

Copresented with the UCLA African Studies Center One of the world’s leading writers and scholars, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been a force in bringing Africa to the forefront of contemporary literature and postcolonial theory through his novels, essays, plays, journalism, and social activism. His new memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening, chronicles the period in early-1960s East […]

Film Screening & Discussion of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

Film Screening & Discussion of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

Don’t miss out on this Wednesday’s (May 17) film screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez at 4:30 PM in the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium. A discussion with Sonia Sanchez, reception and book signing to follow. To RSVP, click here.

Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Click here to watch the recent televised interview of Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, with host Rhine McLin, the former mayor of Dayton, OH. Dr. Brown covers the subject of the sociology of funk music, African American community and Dayton, OH.

Could the LA Riots happen again?

Could the LA Riots happen again?

Listener Johnny Moreno asked us this question via SoCal. So Curious. It’s a complicated one to answer because there were many factors that led up to the unrest, and it was more than just the verdict in the Rodney King case. Racial tension had been building up in the area, for example. Unemployment was rampant on the streets, too. Plus, there […]


History & Mission

Bunche Center Mural (1970)

History & Mission

    The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche in 2003, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth.     The Bunche Center is the result of the struggle by black students at […]

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Race and Hollywood

NEW:  2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NEW: 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NOW AVAILABLE! 2017 HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY REPORT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT To download the full report, please CLICK HERE. The Bunche Center released its fourth annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. To read the UCLA Newsroom story, Click Here. To view a UCLA Optimists discussion with the authors, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche […]

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Diversity Issues

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

June 23, 2016 -Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding the University of Texas’ affirmative action program, and determining that using race as a factor in the admissions process to achieve greater diversity is constitutional. The ruling also finds that affirmative action is necessary and appropriate for creating diversity and sets reasonable standards […]

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Black Los Angeles

Black Los Angeles Project

Black Los Angeles Project

July 6, 2012 — The Los Angeles Times features a story on the major renovation of a Black Los Angeles landmark, the Dunbar Hotel.  You can access the story by clicking HERE.  A fuller discussion of Los Angeles’s historic Crenshaw Corridor is presented in Chapter 2 of the Bunche Center’s edited volume Black Los Angeles:  American Dreams and Racial Realities. ——————- […]

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Recent Posts

A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director

2016-2017 In 1968, UCLA students championed a proposal to create a Center for Afro-American History and Culture on the largely white, Westwood campus.  “From the very beginning of American history,” the proposal began, “Afro-Americans have formed an economically, socially, and culturally significant part of America.  Despite the obvious importance of Afro-Americans,” the proposal continued, “neither the public at large nor […]

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Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

The overall goal of my research is to identify the social, psychological, and biological factors that shape health risk and resilience among African Americans across the life course. I focus primarily on understanding the ways that stress and coping contribute to disparities in both mental and physical health outcomes, and using this knowledge to improve health and well-being among this […]

read more

Conversations, Readings Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:30 PM at Billy Wilder Theater

Conversations, Readings Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:30 PM at Billy Wilder Theater

Copresented with the UCLA African Studies Center One of the world’s leading writers and scholars, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been a force in bringing Africa to the forefront of contemporary literature and postcolonial theory through his novels, essays, plays, journalism, and social activism. His new memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening, chronicles the period in early-1960s East […]

read more

Film Screening & Discussion of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

Film Screening & Discussion of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

Don’t miss out on this Wednesday’s (May 17) film screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez at 4:30 PM in the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium. A discussion with Sonia Sanchez, reception and book signing to follow. To RSVP, click here.

read more

Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Click here to watch the recent televised interview of Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, with host Rhine McLin, the former mayor of Dayton, OH. Dr. Brown covers the subject of the sociology of funk music, African American community and Dayton, OH.

read more

Could the LA Riots happen again?

Could the LA Riots happen again?

Listener Johnny Moreno asked us this question via SoCal. So Curious. It’s a complicated one to answer because there were many factors that led up to the unrest, and it was more than just the verdict in the Rodney King case. Racial tension had been building up in the area, for example. Unemployment was rampant on the streets, too. Plus, there […]

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Interview with Ford Foundation Postdoc Fellow, Dr. Vanessa Díaz

Interview with Ford Foundation Postdoc Fellow, Dr. Vanessa Díaz

The Bunche Center interviewed Dr. Vanessa Díaz, an interdisciplinary ethnographer, filmmaker, and journalist, to discuss her research on celebrity media and her dissertation-based book manuscript, Manufacturing Celebrity: How Women Reporters and Latino Paparazzi Build the Hollywood Industrial Complex.

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May 2017 Bunche Center Newsletter now available!

May 2017 Bunche Center Newsletter now available!

The Bunche Center newsletter for May 2017 is now available! Stay up to date with the latest Center news and announcements. Click on the image below!  TO DOWNLOAD the newsletter, click here. 

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Bunche Director Candidate, Antwi Akom

Bunche Director Candidate, Antwi Akom

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1 PM in 5391 Public Affairs, Antwi Akom, an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, will give a talk, “Mapping the Black Metropolis: Using the Power of Local Knowledge to Improve Urban Planning and Promote Environmental Health Justice with our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Populations.” On Friday, May 5, 2017 at […]

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Scholars Still Sorting Through Aftermath of L.A. Uprising

Scholars Still Sorting Through Aftermath of L.A. Uprising

by Lydia Lum (Diverse Issues in Higher Education) With his camcorder in tow, Dr. Darnell Hunt began exploring Los Angeles soon after mass unrest began on . The uprisings by frustrated Angelenos followed the acquittals earlier that day in the trial of four L.A. police officers on charges of use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of unarmed, […]

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Tomorrow! Dr. Maryse Narcisse talk – “Grassroots Community Organizing for Women’s Health”

Tomorrow! Dr. Maryse Narcisse talk – “Grassroots Community Organizing for Women’s Health”

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th, at noon, Dr. Maryse Narcisse, who is at the forefront of a burgeoning movement for women’s rights and women’s health in Haiti, will give a talk, “Grassroots Community Organizing for Women’s Health.” Please join us at the UCLA Marion Davies Children’s Health Center at Room 12-407.  To download the flyer, click here.

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