Contact Zone: UCLA Activists-in-Residence

Sponsored by the UCLA Library Diversity Committee
Monday, Mar 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Contact Zones are social spaces of engagement. Join us for this speaker series from the Library Diversity Committee that will bring together community leaders and experts to help navigate issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Learn from the experiences and projects of UCLA’s Activists-in-Residence. Hear their tips and advice on how to create a more diverse and inclusive environment at UCLA. This is the second installment of the Contact Zone series. RSVP preferred. 

To view a copy of last year's program, click 2017


Yvonne Yen Liu is the Asian American Studies Center Activist-in-Residence and co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that cultivates solidarity economies through data science, story-based strategy, and direct action. She is based in Los Angeles, California, where the sun smiles on her every day. Although a native of NYC, she and the city have broken up and went their separate ways. She is a practitioner of research justice with over 15 years of being a nerd for racial and social justice organizations. She has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA degree in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD.

Manuel Criollo,

Former Director of Organizing at the Labor Community Strategy Center, currently Activist in Resident at the Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy.

Manuel guided and directed the Strategy Center’s organizing and campaigns for over 15 years. As the lead organizer of the Community Rights Campaign, he led several campaigns to challenge policies and practices in the city and county of Los Angeles that criminalize Black and Latino youth, particularly the school-to-jail track in LA Unified School District, with the largest dedicated school police force in the country. For nearly a decade, Manuel was the lead organizer of the Bus Rider Union, the country’s largest grassroots mass transit organization. He has worked on a wide range of local, regional and statewide campaigns, and has done solidarity work with social movements in Chiapas, Mexico, El Salvador and Venezuela. Before coming to the Strategy Center, Manuel was the Project Director of the SALUD Project at Clínica Para Las Américas. He received his BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he organized youth and students against anti-immigrant and anti-affirmative action ballot initiatives in California. In 2006, he was recognized by La Opinion as one of the “Future Leaders of Los Angeles” and in 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Soros Justice Fellowship for his work toward ending LA truancy ticketing policies. Son of immigrants from El Salvador, Manuel grew up in Pico Union and South Los Angeles.


RSVP preferred. This is a free event open to all audiences.