Watts middle school students visited UCLA for a full day that included eating in the dining halls, touring the campus, and meeting student athletes. The students asked questions and listened to a panel of UCLA students, hearing their diverse stories and paths which brought them to UCLA. The Cub Day goal is to expose students to the prospect of college who might not think of it as even a possibility because of their family, social, and economic backgrounds.
Cub Day is sponsored by UCLA Cub Tours and the UCLA Watts Leadership Institute. UCLA Cub Tours is an organization of undergraduate students who voluntarily give tours to groups of local elementary and middle school children, to expose them to college at an early age. The UCLA Watts Leadership Institute empowers community leaders and local nonprofits in Watts by connecting them to resources like funding, technology, and research. These campus groups teamed up with Watts leaders and school teachers to organize the successful day.
Access to higher education is a problem that plagues many communities that are low income and color. The City Project advocates for equal access to education, parks, recreation, and health equity. Cub Day is a step towards college access for students from underrepresented communities.
Alex Ruppert, UCLA Intern and Cub Day Organizer, The City Project
Students and UCLA guides with the Bruin Bear