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The Affiliates of UCLA


The Affiliates of UCLA, founded in 1937, is a cultural bridge to and from the community adjoining the university. UC President Robert Gordon Sproul expressed his desire to make UCLA a “cultural center” for the community. Planning sessions were held to develop an organization that would sponsor campus activities such as faculty lectures, performances, and cultural events. The first official meeting of The University Affiliates, as the organization was originally called, took place on September 30, 1938, at the home of UC Regent and Mrs. Edward A. Dickson.

As the university’s oldest Town & Gown organization (“Town” to stipulate the wonderful Los Angeles community surrounding the campus and “Gown” in honor of the robes symbolizing academia’s highest honors and degrees), The Affiliates of UCLA creates lunch and dinner events w/a window into education and featuring distinguished faculty lecturers as well as noted speakers. The Affiliates also support academic scholarships for students through its endowment of over $1.5 million. Anyone is welcome to join The Affiliates!


2016 Affiliates Scholarship Spotlights:

Chase Bakkeby

Chase is a Freshmen who is majoring in Mathematics/Applied Science. To quote Chase: “Itching to make a difference. Grateful, humbled and stoked to be a Bruin!” and his motto is #StandingOnTheShouldersOfBruins.


L to R: VP of Membership Harry Schned ’82, MS ’86, MD ’89, Joe Bruin, Chase Bakkbey


Tyler Watson

Tyler is a graduate student, pursing a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health and was recently recognized for his outstanding student leadership by UC President Janet Napolitano. To learn more about Tyler’s amazing work, please click here.



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Affiliates Meeting

May 11
11 a.m.

Join us for our regularly scheduled meeting of the Affiliates.

Event Location - UCLA, James West Alumni Center

Westwood Women's Bruin Club & Affliates Joint Luncheon with Speaker

May 17
11:30 a.m.

"Mona Lisa in Camelot" More than 50 years ago, the Louvre Museum in Paris lent the Mona Lisa to our National Gallery. Learn the fascinating story behind the riskiest art exhibition ever undertaken and the role played by First Lady Jacqueline… Read more.


Event Location - UCLA, James West Alumni Center