UCLA’s Bruin Resource Center
UCLA’s community is diverse in so many ways; undergraduate students come from many different backgrounds, unique experiences, and non-traditional paths on their way to joining the Bruin Family. The Bruin Resource Center, or “BRC” as it’s known on campus, is a department in Student Affairs whose mission is to support students’ development, well-being, and academic success by providing valuable resources, services and learning opportunities, and by promoting a supportive and inclusive campus community. The BRC serves all UCLA students, with a particular focus on:
- current and former foster youth
- students with dependents
- student veterans
- transfer students
- undocumented students
The BRC’s dedicated staff work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure students have access to the resources and programming needed. In addition, the BRC staff partner with Parent & Family Programs to provide these non-traditional student populations with Care Packages at the end of each quarter with toiletries, snacks, and notes of encouragement generously donated and assembled by the the Parents’ Council, and Parent & Family Association Volunteers. Below is a snapshot of each of the special programs under the BRC and the fun, vibrant staff that support them.
Bruin Guardian Scholars Program
Through individual mentoring and referral to campus resources, the Guardian Scholars Program provides support to UCLA students who are current or former foster youth. Throughout the year the BGS program offers events and online resources to support academic achievement, personal development, and promote the realization of student’s educational and career goals.
Stay connected with BGS:
Terriel Cox, Program Director
“I love my job because I am able to help UCLA foster youth transition successfully into college, by providing them with quality programming and student support services during their academic journey. One of the most popular events include our Guardian Scholars Giving Thanks Dinner! We appreciate having our Parents’ Council and Parent & Family Volunteers support our UCLA foster youth during the holidays!”
Students with Dependents Program
Melissa Sinclair, Program Director
“Hands down, my favorite event is the Parenting Student Graduation Ceremony. This is the only family-friendly graduation on campus where dependents can walk across the stage with their graduating parent. It is such a happy and joyous occasion because I not only have the opportunity to celebrate the student parents I get to work so closely with throughout the year, but I also get to see how proud the families are of their graduates because the pursuit of higher education is an entire family journey. “
The Students with Dependents (SwD) Program provides caring and personalized support to UCLA students who are parents, guardians, and caregivers at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional school level. The program is committed to helping students succeed, both as parents and scholars, by offering programs and advocacy that enrich and support parenting student’s academic, personal, and professional goals.
Stay connected with SwD:
Transfer Students Program
The Transfer Program at UCLA was created in 2009 by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs in order to expand institutional supports for underrepresented students. It is the central hub for all things ‘transfer’ on main campus. It is their mission to help students hit the ground running and make the most of their time at UCLA. The Transfer team aspires to connect transfer students to the University system and the transfer community, and provide the tools needed to achieve student goals at UCLA and beyond.
Stay connected to the TSP:
Melissa Sinclair (left) and Heather Adams (second from right), Co-Program Directors, with UCLA transfer students
“We absolutely LOVE working with UCLA Transfer Students! While it is hard to pick just one favorite event, one that particularly stands out to us is the Transfer Spring Fling in Spring Quarter. Transfer Spring Fling is the ultimate end of year celebration for our transfers. It was a night full of congratulating our graduating seniors, playing games to de-stress from the end of the year, and dancing! It was a joy for us to see the transfer student community come to celebrate each other and their accomplishments.”
The Veterans Resource Office (VRO) provides caring and personalized support for undergraduate and graduate student veterans in their transition from military service to civilian and college life. They help student veterans navigate UCLA and provide them with a welcoming space, mentoring from other student veterans, guidance on educational benefits, and tools to succeed academically and personally. The VRO values the skills, assets and experiences veterans bring to the UCLA community and is committed to helping them achieve their goals and aspirations. The VRO also increases campus awareness of student-veteran issues and fosters a sense of belonging, community and well-being for all student veterans on campus.
Stay connected to the VRO:
Emily Ives, Program Director
“My favorite event hosted by the Veterans Resource Office is our End of the Year Graduation Celebration. This event marks a large milestone in students’ UCLA experience. At this event, we recognize the accomplishments of our students through the academic year, and specifically honor our graduating students!”
Undocumented Students Program
The mission of the Undocumented Student Program is to advocate for greater educational equity, foster a sense of undocumented student empowerment, and create community at UCLA to see UndocuBruins reach their highest potential. The USP team offers caring, personalized one-on-one sessions and referrals to on and off campus resources. Additionally, the Mariposa Achievement Project (MAP) provides textbooks and transportation stipends. Through the CIRCLE Project, USP provides UndocuBruins with a safe space to engage in conversation about immigrant identities, addressing their holistic well-being, as well as informative workshops about Financial Aid, DACA, wellness, graduate school.
Stay connected to USP:
Enrique Campos, Program Coordinator
“My favorite part of the job is being able to see students succeed despite the many obstacles they face. They are hard-working and motivated students. They embody academic achievement and the unique experiences they bring to UCLA is reflected in their leadership. Their resilience is an energy booster every day.”
Interested in supporting the BRC student populations?
Bruin Guardian Scholars pick up their Holiday Care Packages at the ‘Giving Thanks Dinner’ in November where they share a meal with volunteers and supporters.
Parents’ Council member (front right) celebrates with BRC staff and Students with Dependents at the special end-of-year graduation celebration.