Welcome to the Bruin Underground Scholars Program

In 2019, the Bruin Underground Scholars program was developed to support the academic experiences of students that identify as formerly incarcerated and/or system impacted. Understanding that our students come from a plethora of walks, we honor the lived experiences of those that have dealt with the direct and indirect experiences of the carceral system.

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Land Acknowledgement

The Bruin Underground Scholars program at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors),'Ahiihirom (Elders), and 'Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.