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Recent U.S. Census data shows that multiracial Americans are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the country. However, mixed race identity is oftentimes left out of conversations regarding diversity and campus climate at the university level. Since 2010, UCLA undergraduate students have organized towards providing an inclusive space for students who identify with more than one race, ethnicity, culture, or nationality. Mixed Student Union (MSU) is currently the only student group at UCLA specifically focused on multiracial/multiethnic identity, and aims to address the experiences and needs of the mixed heritage community.
In the five years that MSU has existed at UCLA, the group has maintained a steady membership and a well known presence on campus. In 2013 MSU was featured in the Los Angeles Times for hosting the first ever Mixed Heritage Conference at UCLA, and recently hosted the third annual conference last April. Students look to raise awareness of mixed race identity on campus and advocate for better representation of multiracial students in all aspects of university life.
Former MSU co-director Jenifer Logia hopes to continue the legacy of fostering a community for mixed Bruins through the new UCLA Mixed Alumni Association. Goals for the organization include building a network of UCLA alumni who identify with the mixed heritage experience, and providing continued support for the mixed heritage community at UCLA through networking, fundraising, and advocacy. The Mixed Alumni Association would host an annual reunion/mixer event, award an annual scholarship for mixed heritage students, and represent the multiracial community through the UCLA Alumni Association.
Those who are interested in joining the UCLA Mixed Alumni Association can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You do not have to be mixed race or multiracial to get involved; anyone who is interested in meeting other mixed alumni and supporting the mixed heritage community at UCLA is welcome to join.