"Power to the People": 50 Years of Bridging Research with Community
A research, policy, and community conference

As the UCLA Asian American Studies Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Center, along with the Asian American Studies Department and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), presents "Power to the People": 50 Years of Bridging Research with Community Conference on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd.


Join us as we bring together diverse and intergenerational communities to appreciate the legacies, genealogies, and futures of Asian American studies and communities. With community engagement at the heart of the field, we strive to strengthen the connection between the university and community-based organizations: that faculty will engage in dialogue with community organizers about future research needs, and that students will be inspired to fulfill community research needs.


Come explore current issues in relation to Asian American and Pacific Islanders and discover how to connect research with community, as well as how to find ways to engage with community, service, and activist organizations.


This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Recordings of the plenaries will be made available after the event.

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calendarFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1st

The Tateuchi Democracy Forum is located at 111 N. Central Ave. It will be to your left as you walk towards and past the main building of the Japanese American National Museum from First Street and before you reach the Geffen Contemporary Museum.


There are various parking lots and some metered parking around the area. You can view
a map of some of the nearby lots here. Please note that the stated rates on the map may be outdated; be sure to look at the signs at the parking facility for accurate pricing.


The venue is also accessible by the Metro Gold Line (Little Tokyo/Arts District stop), DASH, and other public transportation lines.


The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs building is located at 337 Charles E Young Drive E in the northeast section of the UCLA campus adjacent to the Murphy Sculpture Garden.


Visitors who plan on driving to the Luskin School should enter campus through the Hilgard entrance and park in Structure 3.

Structure 3 has Pay-by-Plate spots. You can purchase an all-day ($13) or short-term parking pass ($3/hr) at one of the self-service pay stations or through the ParkMobile App. Please take note of your license plate number before proceeding to a self-service pay station.

You may also purchase an all-day parking permit ($13) from the UCLA Information Parking Booth at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore before proceeding to Structure 3. Please note: Information & Parking Booths only accept cash and BruinCard payments.

For more information on parking at UCLA, please visit https://www.transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/visitors.


For public transportation, the Metro bus line 2/302 has a stop at Hilgard and Wyton by the Luskin School. The Santa Monica Blue Bus also has stops nearby at the bus terminal on Hilgard and Strathmore.