The UCLA International Institute stands in solidarity with African Americans, people of color and all who are direct and indirect victims of systemic racism, discrimination, inequity and injustice.

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others — and the disproportionate number of deaths among Blacks due to Covid-19 — are vivid reminders that deep-rooted and structural flaws in our society do not just threaten the life chances, but take the lives, of our fellow citizens. This is horrifying, unjust and violates the fundamental values that make us human.

Racism is global, as witnessed in the marches that have taken place worldwide in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The UCLA International Institute pledges to continue to promote research, education and service that strive for a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and just world, and we pledge to care about peoples near and far with kindness and compassion.

Please find the International Institute’s EDI Committee Statement on Black Lives Matter here.
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    International Education Week goes online

    UCLA will celebrate International Education Week in a virtual format from November 16 to 20, 2020. Mark your calendars in anticipation of discussions of topical global issues, conversations between U.S. and international students, a global trivia contest and much more.
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    Webinar series focuses on global BLM conversation

    The UCLA International Institute's “Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives ” webinar series will draw connections among unique, but interlinked, anti-racist struggles in the context of the global histories of colonialism, imperialism and internationalism.
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    Language instruction & fellowships at the International Institute

    The institute directly offers language classes in Amharic, Nahuatl and Yoruba. In addition, a number of its research centers and programs financially support language instruction at UCLA and offer fellowships for the advanced study of specific languages.
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    Can Açiksöz wins book award

    Açiksöz received the 2020 Fatema Mernissi Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association for his recent book, "Sacrificial Lambs: Masculinity, Disability and Political Violence in Turkey."
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    New Freshmen Cluster on Global Islam

    New Global Islam Freshmen Cluster expands course offerings and analytical approaches.
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    A new undergraduate course in fall quarter 2020, “The Political Economy of Climate Change,” will examine the challenges of mitigating climate change.
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    Discovering the breadth of digital Middle Eastern resources

    Forums organized by the Center for Near Eastern Studies earlier this year introduced graduate students to a wealth of online resources and produced several research guides.

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The UCLA International Institute welcomes its students to fall quarter 2020 at UCLA. While significant Covid-19 precautions remain in place on campus... more

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Minsk, Belarus

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