UCLA Theater Professor @jose.l.valenzuela1 championed Chicano theater in Los Angeles and stood up for multicultural theater, even when it meant living as a hostage for 11 days. But did you know he also acted in a car commercial?
“Our newly minted Ph.D.s leave their mark on this institution by virtue of their curiosity about the world, its cultures and its inhabitants, as well as through their earnest exploration of the myriad ways humans affect, enlighten and inspire one another."
Yve Chavez and Theresa Jean Ambo are the first women of Tongva descent to be awarded Ph.D.s in UCLA's nearly 100-year history.
"I hope it is the beginning of much deeper engagement with the Tongva-Gabrielino community.”
UCLA senior James Anderson had the roughest of childhoods, but never gave up. He co-founded a nonprofit that helps formerly incarcerated people, met with Barack Obama and has dedicated himself to justice system reform.