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
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.