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
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 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: 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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UCLA Scholarship Readers Needed

Scholarship Readers Needed If you are interested in being a scholarship reader? Please register to volunteer for the 2018-19 UCLA Alumni Scholarships Virtual Reading Selection process: Register here. Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 8, 2019. Your voice in this important process is invaluable!  If you are unsure of your membership level, please choose “member.” Training and reading  is online. Applications will be read March 22-24, 2019

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UCLA Scholarship Interviewers needed!

ULAA Scholarship Panel Interviewers Needed, Sunday, March 31st: Join us to select our next scholarship freshman scholars. Recipients will receive a minimum of $4,000, mentorship and invaluable resources from ULAA.  We will screen our incoming Bruins on Sunday, March 31st, Location: 3767 Worsham Avenue Long Beach, CA 90808. Time: 9 AM - 3 PM (

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Join ULAA Finance Committee

Finance Committee:

    • With 2019 being our 30th Anniversary, help us reach our $1M Scholarship Endowment goal by donating here:
    • Do you have an accounting or finance background and would like to help ULAA reach its $1,000,000 goal? Or do you own a business and would like to inquire about sponsoring a ULAA event such as our Fiesta de Inspiracion scholarship fundraiser?
    • Our next meeting will be a video conference on March 18, 2019 at 8pm.

For more information, please contact the Finance Committee Chair, Luisa Garcia at

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Do you want to learn about other Latino Bruins in your field or job opportunities?  Then join UCLA ONE, a platform to network and learn more about various professional opportunities.  The UCLA Latino Alumni has a created a group page! To join please sign-up at

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UCLA Volunteers for Non Profits and K-12

ULAA Volunteer Request for K-12/Non-Profit Career Panel/ Day

Educators/Non-Profit Advocates: Do you have an upcoming Career Day or Panel where you will need UCLA Latino Alumni to present about their career or be part of a panel? Please fill out the following to help us share your event!  Alumni, we will share these wonderful volunteer opportunities to get engaged in the community on our website and the next newsletter

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A Word From Our Latino Student Organizations

A word from our Latino Student Organizations

MEChA de UCLA will be hosting over 1,000 past, present, and future Mechistas from March 29-31, 2019 at UCLA for their 50th Anniversary Celebration as a national organization.  Our student leaders are looking to engage MEChA alumni for this wonderful event. Please fill out this form if you were involved with MEChA:  

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ULAA Merchandise
ULAA Merchandise
Orgulloso de Ser Bruin
Check out our exclusive merchandise by attending ULAA's Show Your Love event. If you are just looking to sport a T-shirt, are in need of a portable charger or are looking for your next game-day tote bag, then look no further and make your purchase today. Funds from your purchase go to support UCLA Latino Alumni Association.
Support UCLA

Membership gives you access to UCLA and funds Alumni Association programs for more than 500,000 Bruins worldwide.
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Show Your Love for ULAA
The UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) invites you to an evening of fun and festivities at The Wellesbourne. Mingle with friends and make new Bruin connections while sharing UCLA memories at this charming 19th century English-style bar. By the end of the night, your relationship status will be "taken by ULAA."


Thursday, Feb. 21
7 - 10 p.m.
The Wellesbourne
10929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Arrive early to catch the Wellesbourne's amazing happy hour (5 - 7 p.m.), and stay to network with Latino Bruins or participate in a silent auction to help ULAA reach its $1 million scholarship endowment fundraising goal.
We hope you will join us and network with our fellow Latino Bruins,

Soleil Delgadillo '09 – President
Janette Alvarez '98, M.U.R.P. '01 – Vice President
Karla Lopez Aguinaga '16 – Secretary
Brandon Rivera, U.N.E.X. '16 – Treasurer
Erika Rose Aspericueta '05 – Community Relations Chair
Laura Barrero '13 – Membership Chair
Maritza Cha '05, M.Ed. '07 – Scholarship Chair
Sergio Valenzuela '13 – University Relations Chair
Luisa Garcia '10 – Finance Chair
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