UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

ULAA OrgullOSO Mentor Program:

Established in 2016 by the UCLA Latino Alumni Association, the ULAA OrgullOSO Mentor Program fosters meaningful relationships between ULAA scholarship recipients and Latino Alumni.  Make a positive difference in the lives of our incoming UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) scholarship recipients by mentoring one of our Lantix/Chicanx Scholars. If you are selected, the time commitment per month will range between 4-6 hours. Mentors will be matched with only one student.

Scholar Testimonial: 

 “When anything would happen to me, either good or bad, I would text her [the mentor]. She would give me feedback and make me feel better about myself…[She provided] encouragement, making sure I knew she was there for me and that I was not alone.” – Student 

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScK19RVdmyVp3GCGgs2oJ6icQokxNpym-y91dT8YJTvYeB-Rw/viewform 

Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 19, 2019 at 9 p.m. Please contact our Scholarship Chair, Joshua Coronado ‘18 at joshcorona95@gmail.com for more information.


UCLA Alumni Mentor Program: Established by the UCLA Alumni Scholars Club and now in its 15th year, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program continues to foster meaningful relationships between all UCLA alumni and current UCLA students. The connections made in this program help prepare our students for a successful future and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.

To Sign Up: 

1.Register / Log in to uclaone.com (on a computer, not a mobile device)

2.Complete / Update your profile

  • Include professional, academic, and volunteer experience
  • Under the “Willing to help” section, check “Willing to be a mentor” and “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program”
  • Under the “About Me” section, answer the following: “Why do you want to mentor a current student? What do you hope to offer as a mentor?”
  • Make sure to click “Update” for each section

3.Await student mentor request(s) in October

Deadline to Register: Monday, Oct. 7, 2019


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LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps

LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Date: Sunday, Sept. 29 

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Dignity Health Sports Park 18400 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson

Price: $50 

Hosted by the Bay Cities, Beachside, Silicon Beach, Westside Bruins and Latino Alumni Association, your ticket includes a seat in Sideline East, a limited edition UCLA/Galaxy mini-scarf and a post-game meet-and-greet with Bruins Kevin Hartman and Junior Gonzalez. Alumni Association Gold Members are automatically entered into a drawing for an exclusive mini-scarf signed by LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimović.

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UCLA/ULAA Volunteer Day At The Childrens Institute

UCLA/ ULAA Volunteer Day at the Children’s Institute 

The Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) serves more than 22,000 children and their families in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods and trains more than 9,000 professionals in the realm of child development, mental health and welfare. CII provides healing so traumatized children can recover and lead healthy lives, while working to shape the field of children’s services through innovative research, demonstration projects, and professionally accredited training programs. 

Volunteers will join the UCLA Latino Alumni Association to help beautify one of The Children's Institute Head Start Preschools. Registration will close on Thursday, September 26. 

Date: Saturday, 9/28/19 

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: 11230 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 

Register: http://bit.ly/ULAAVolunteerDay19 


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Taste of El Salvador

About: Join us for a special intimate luncheon and cooking demonstration with the award-winning cookbook author of "Delicious El Salvador," Alicia Maher '92. Discover the authentic wonders of El Salvador's popular dishes and learn the step-by-step secrets of preparing traditional pupusas at home. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other Bruins, learn about Alicia's journey and soak in the beautiful culture of El Salvador.

The menu for the day will include your choice of wine, beer or a Salvadoran, non-alcoholic pineapple beverage. ALL proceeds will go towards the UCLA Latino Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 

Location: Private Residence in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles 

Time: 12:00PM - 3:00 PM

Tickets: $100

Purchase Link: http://bit.ly/TasteofElSalvador 


Appetizers: Cheese pupusa with tomato and curtido

The word "pupusa" derives from the Nahuat language and has two possible meanings — "stuffed" or "puffy," referring to the fillings and how puffed up they look when cooked. They are El Salvador's national dish.

Shrimp cocktail with pink sauce, served with saltine crackers

With over 200 miles of Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Fonseca coastline, the Central American nation enjoys a variety of succulent and tasty seafood dishes all year-round. This dish is one of the many seafood appetizers served in El Salvador.

Main Course: Chicken in alguashte sauce, served with Salvadoran rice, avocado, red onion and cilantro salad 

"Alguashte" means ground pumpkin seeds. This delicious powder is the base for a fresh and tasty tomato sauce that transforms the chicken into a delectable and juicy dish


Semita de pina crispy pineapple-filled pastry

Leche poleada vanilla custard/pudding 

Ensalada de fruta fresca fresh fruit salad 

Coffee from Don Leo's Coffee


About Alicia: Salvadoran food expert Alicia Maher '92 is an award-winning cookbook author, publisher and home-chef who continues celebrating the rich legacy of her traditional family recipes from El Salvador. Alicia has been featured in various top media outlets sharing hundreds of authentic cooking demonstrations. Her first cookbook, "Delicious El Salvador," features 75 recipes, highlighting iconic dishes and authentic culinary experiences. In 2014, she was named winner of the Gourmand Award in Beijing for Best First Cookbook of the World. Her mission is to continue preserving and documenting authentic Salvadoran recipes for her children, food lovers and future generations.

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Meet The UCLA Latino Alumni Board

Come out today to meet the new UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) board of directors in DTLA. ULAA is searching for members to grow its various committees and continue the mission of organizing Latino alumni, family and friends of UCLA for the benefit and advancement of the Latino community, UCLA alumni, students, faculty and staff.  Come to find out what ULAA has planned for this year and how to get involved!

Date: Thursday, 9/12

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Location: High Tide, 605 E 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Parking: Street Parking is available on Towne Ave / E 4th Street, parking meters stop at 6pm 

2019-2020 UCLA Latino Alumni Board 

President: Soleil Delgadillo, ‘09

Vice President: Janette Alvarez, ‘98, M.A. ‘01

Secretary: Nicki Beltranena, ‘02

Treasurer: Adrian C. Meza, ‘04

Finance: Luisa Garcia, ‘10

Community Relations: Marvin Figueroa, ‘03

Scholarship Chair: Joshua Coronado, ‘18 

Membership: David Huizer, ‘10

University Relations: Cesar Pacheco Garcia, ‘18

September 12, 2019 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
High Tide
605 E 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
United States
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ULAA Board Nominations

NOTE: Nominations must be submitted by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

The Ad Hoc Selection Committee of the UCLA Latino Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the executive board and committee chairs for 2019-2020. Positions open for nomination include:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Chair, Membership Committee
  • Chair, Finance Committee
  • Chair, University Relations Committee
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee
  • Chair, Community Relations Committee

For position descriptions, please scroll below.

Nomination Criteria

The following criteria is necessary to be given consideration for a position:

  • Be a member: a UCLA graduate (undergraduate, graduate or professional school) or UCLA Extension certificate holder.
  • Must be nominated by a member. Members are able to nominate themselves.
  • Submit a letter nomination via e-mail todiversity@alumni.ucla.edu which will include a statement of candidacy.
  • All nominations must be submitted complete by the 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 to be considered. There will be no opportunities to alter the nomination once submitted.

Being Nominated

Officers and chairs will serve a one-year term that will begin in the last week of July and end on June 30, 2020. Based on availability, all officers and chairs must be available July 27-28 or Aug 3-4 for orientation and on-boarding.

Candidates will be notified of their nomination on July 2. Candidates will have until July 8 to accept or decline their nomination. Candidates will be required to submit a resume/CV upon acceptance of their nomination. Candidates will allow need to be available for a 20 to 30-minute interview from July 8-15. Candidates will be notified of the final results of the process on July 19. The incoming board will have an orientation and retreat on either July 27/28 or August 3/4 .

2019-2020 Board Selection Timeline



July 3

Close for Board Nominations

July 3

Candidates Notified of Nomination

July 8

Deadline for Candidates to Accept or Decline Nomination

July 8-15

Candidate Interviews

July 19

All Candidates Notified of Status

August 4

2019-2020 Board Announced

An Ad Hoc Selection Committee is in place to facilitate the selection of the 2019-2020 UCLA Latino Alumni Association board. The Ad Hoc Committee will determine a process that ensure the wellness, success and sustainability of ULAA.

Position Descriptions

UCLA Latino Alumni Association’s mission is to organize Latino alumni and other friends of UCLA, for the benefit and advancement of the Latino community, UCLA alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

  • To provide an opportunity for alumni to take advantage of the social, intellectual, cultural, and educational resources of UCLA.
  • To promote access to UCLA’s academic, administrative, and economic resources for the advancement of the Latino community.
  • To encourage and assist Latino students to enter and succeed at UCLA.
  • To promote the recruitment and success of faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • To provide financial, academic, social, and professional support to Latino students, faculty, and staff.

Holding a position on the board is an estimated 20-25 hour a month commitment to include monthly board and committee meetings. ULAA organizes 3-4 events a quarter. Officers and chairs will serve a one-year term that will end on June 30, 2020. Exiting officers and chairs will be asked to help transition incoming officers and chairs post term.

Unique to this year, board members will be involved with the All UC Latinx/Chicanx Alumni Summit (Aug), 30th Anniversary of Fiesta de Inspiración (Oct) and the celebration of UCLA’s Centennial.

As with many volunteer experiences, the officers and chairs are given broad objectives and goals for their particular position. This allows volunteers to bring a diverse array of experiences, knowledge and skills to the position. Below are overarching descriptions of each positions. Also listed are contacts to volunteers that held the position and can speak more to the positions.

  • Vice President takes on the duties of President in absence or disability of the President to include: serving as official spokesperson and representative of ULAA; preside at meetings of ULAA, call for regular meetings. Shall be a member of a standing committee.
  • Secretary records any and all business transpired during the course of a meeting where a quorum is present and shall keep these minutes and agendas as permanent record for ULAA. The secretary shall also present the minutes from the previous meeting to the Board for their approval. The secretary shall also maintain all items belonging to the Association and is responsible for archiving all the promotional items associated with ULAA; including but not limited to, the banner, camera ready artwork, extra newsletters and stationary.
  • Treasurer is responsible for maintain the financial records of ULAA. This includes, but is not limited to managing the checking account, maximizing the organization’s savings, and recording all expenses from all events. The treasurer will also provide the Board a detailed balance sheet which shall include all anticipated expenses to be incurred within the next 30 days. The treasurer is also responsible for depositing all funds received from membership, reimbursement of expenses, corporate donations and event proceeds. The treasurer will work with the various event chairs to monitor and deposit all funds and donated expenses in preparation and execution of the event. For more information, contact
  • Membership Chair will lead thecommittee responsible for recruitment of members, outreach, and social events. The membership chair is responsible for maintaining all records of current and past members.
  • University Relations Chair will lead the committee responsible for recruitment and success of students, faculty and administrators, and monitoring policies and practices of UCLA.
  • Community Relations Chair will lead the committee responsible for public and media relations, and promotional activities involving ULAA.
  • Finance Chair will lead the committee, which shall include the Treasurer as a member, shall be responsible for development and submission to the Board for approval, fiscal policies and procedures on fund raising strategies.
  • Scholarship Chair will lead the committee shall be responsible for the recruitment, selection, and recommendation of candidates which will be submitted to the Board for approval. Responsibilities will include organizing and implementing the OrgulllOSO Mentoring Program.

There will be an “Open House” call soon for those that are interested in learning more about the positions in detail. Please emailpnguyen@support.ucla.edu if you are interested in attending.

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Spark Campaign

Brewing with Bruins! 

"Every man, woman, child"...and DOG come join the UCLA Latino Alumni Association for an unforgettable #SundayFunday at Bruin-owned, Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne, CA. Beer tastings, games, photo cuteness galore will be had as we continue to fundraise for the next generation of #LatinoBruins and celebrate our recent UCLA Alumni Award for Network of the Year!

#GeofStrand #sparkcampaign #scholarships #Brews #BruWIN #ULAA

 Sunday, April 28
3 - 7 p.m.

Common Space Brewery
3411 W El Segundo Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250

In 2016 we launched our first spark campaign and raised over $12k - we know we can do more! https://spark.ucla.edu/project/1620

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Thank You

Dear Bruins,

Thank you for joining the UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) at our Wine Tasting Getaway in Temecula last Saturday! I hope you enjoyed mingling with other Bruins and will continue to be involved with ULAA.  Together we raised over $4,000 to fund a scholarship recipient!

Founded in 1989, ULAA is committed to organizing Latino alumni and friends of UCLA for the benefit and advancement of  UCLA alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

As you may have gathered from our event, ULAA is celebrating its 30th anniversary and to commemorate this milestone, we have raised our scholarship endowment goal to 1 million dollars. Each and every gift to the Scholarship represents an investment in the promise of human potential and the future of our Latino community leaders.

I would love to take this opportunity to invite you to our crowd-funding launching event in April! With over 41,000 UCLA graduates identifying as Latino, we are excited to see our community come together to support future scholars and changemakers.

Event details:

Event Name: ULAA Spark Campaign Launch

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Time: 3pm - 7pm

Where: To be announced soon

Thank you again for joining us at our winery event and please accept our heartfelt gratitude for supporting our scholarship program.  Also, I want to give a special shoutout to Noel Mejia, member of the ULAA Finance Committee, for putting the event together!  Click here to view our photo album from the event!

I look forward to hopefully seeing you at our Spark Campaign Launch Event!


Luisa A. Garcia, ‘10

Finance Chair | UCLA Latino Alumni Association  


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March 2019 News Letter

Dear Latino Bruins,
As we spring forward into exciting events and upcoming announcements, we want to take a moment and recap ULAA’s winter highlights.

In February, we had a fun and successful month meeting new Bruins at our Diversity Alumni Network Basketball Watch event; at a packed Professors in the Pub event with Professor Ananya Roy, M.C.P., Ph.D.; and at our first Valentine’s fundraising event, Show Your Love.

On March 2, we held our very first Dinners for 12 Strangers in East Los Angeles, where guests from various industries, backgrounds and graduation years shared campus experiences while enjoying delicious tortas, enchiladas and a fun community-building game. Thank you to Claudia Rojas ‘04 for opening your home!

We are excited to invite you to our next event, on Saturday, March 23: our first ever Wine Tasting & Private Tour in beautiful Temecula. Purchase your tickets today before they sell out. 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events or committee meetings. Thank you for your continuous support.

ULAA Board 
Thornton Winery in Temecula
Wine Tasting & Private Tour in Temecula

Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m.
Thornton Winery
Enjoy live music and tapas while connecting with fellow Bruins among the vineyards in Temecula at an unforgettable and relaxing wine tasting experience! Spoil yourself with award-winning wines and enjoy the views of this French-style chateau. There will be a silent auction, an opportunity for drawings and a door prize.

Cost per person:
  • $60 - until Saturday, March 16
Your ticket includes:
  • Red and white wine tasting (with double pour)
  • Lunch entrée (vegetarian options available)
  • Tour of Thornton Winery
Mark your calendars before we reach full capacity.
UCLA Alumni Day
Celebrate the First 100 Years:UCLA Alumni Day

Saturday, May 18
UCLA Campus

Make plans to return to campus for the kickoff of UCLA's Centennial Celebration at UCLA Alumni Day 2019. There will be timely speakers, engaging discussions, enlightening tours and yet-to-be-imagined surprises. You won’t want to miss this.
Purchase Tickets
Phone Interviewers Needed for the ULAA Scholarship
The ULAA Board would like to invite you to help select our next freshmen scholarship recipients. Our scholars will receive a minimum of $4,000, mentorship and additional resources such as professional development, assistance in applying to graduate school, career exploration and more.

Phone interviews will take place on Sunday, March 31, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Law Office of Leal & Trejo in Long Beach. To sign-up for this volunteer opportunity, please fill out the form here. For any questions, please contact Albany Vega '16 at albanyvega@gmail.com.
MECha de UCLA: 50th Anniversary Celebration
26th Annual National Conference - Proudly Hosted by MEChA de UCLA and Altas Califas Sur Region

March 29 - 31
UCLA Campus
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) is a student organization that promotes higher education, culture and history. This year, they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary and engaging in critical conversations to strengthen the organization through unity and reflection. The theme for the conference is Xinachtli y Xochitl: fuerza en unión y crecimiento en reflexión.

We encourage MEChA alumni to participate in the 26th Annual MECha National Conference by hosting workshops and participating in the National Day of Action in the Los Angeles community.

For more information on how to register for the conference and to submit a workshop application, visit mechanationalconf.com. If you were involved with MECha as a student, please fill out this form.
The UCLA Latino Alumni Association has joined UCLA ONE, an online community platform that helps Bruins meet their professional needs and connect with UCLA. Expand your network, gain insight from other Bruins, find and post job leads and advance your career through exclusive resources and connections. Join now and connect with current students, recent grads, alumni and professionals via LinkedIn, Facebook or email.
Save the Date
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Loteria Networking Mixer with Bruin Professionals
  • Sunday, April 28 - Sunday Funday Brewery Event
  • Sunday, May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Event
Join the UCLA Latino Alumni Association
Are you looking to engage with Latino Bruins? Have you thought about helping our network? We encourage alumni and friends to get involved and support the next generation of Bruin leaders.

There are several ways you can help:
  • Coordinate events
  • Provide unique creative marketing and design (e.g. photography, website design, social media)
  • Offer your expertise in finance
  • Recruit students
  • Connect with the UCLA community
Reach out to one of our board members below to learn more about their position and how you can be part of their committee.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary this October, we look forward to your support in helping our scholarship fund reach one million dollars, ensuring our ability to provide students with financial assistance, professional support and successful networking skills while at UCLA.
About Us
The UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) is a volunteer-driven organization whose mission is to organize alumni, family and friends for the benefit and advancement of the Latino community and our alma mater.

Through our activities and programs, ULAA provides opportunities for alumni to connect, scholarships and mentors to help UCLA Latinostudents succeed and advocacy that promotes the recruitment and success of UCLA Latino students, faculty and staff.

Visit our website to learn more.
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UCLA ULAA Career Day

ULAA’s Career Day on Saturday, March 9, 2019. We need Alumni volunteers to network with our undergraduate scholars from 2 pm to 3 pm at JWAC. Fill out the form if you’d like to assist our students to practice the important skill of networking:  https://goo.gl/forms/jWO7hab4iCwPAoyp1 while also getting an opportunity to get a new headshot for yourself! Afterward, join us at Rene & Luskin Meyer’s Conference Center Plateia ’s for continued networking.

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