VUSISIZWE
AZANIA


COMMUNITY SERVICE
PROGRAMS ADVISOR

Vusi currently serves as the community service programs advisor WHERE HE WORKS WITH STUDENTS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT OVER TWO DOZEN COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AIMED AT PROVIDING SUPPORT IN THE AREAS OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. He also serves as the administrative representative to the Student Risk Education Committee, which oversees the administration of PLEDGE/Risk Management referendum funds and provides recommendations on the best practices around risk and liability in student volunteer efforts and campus activities.

Vusi, originally from Los Angeles, Calif., studied political science at UCLA. He spent most of his formative years in St. Louis, Missouri. As a UCLA student, Vusi was an active general body member of the Afrikan Student Union. He also served as the business manager and as a staff writer for Nommo, UCLA’s Afrikan Student Newsmagazine. He also assisted with the creation of the Inner-City Tutorial Project (ICTP). ICTP provided tutorial and peer counseling services for continuation High School students at several sites throughout the city. His involvement as a UCLA student also included work on Anti-Apartheid/Divestment Campaigns during the 1980’s. That work lead to the ASUCLA and University of California divestment from corporations doing business with the Apartheid Regime in South Africa. The UC Divestment was the largest institutional divestment at that time and heavily influenced the end of the Apartheid. Vusi also helped in the effort to create ASU’s Academic Supports Program and the UCLA Campus Retention Committee, both of which increased the role that students play within the university and campus governance process.

As an educator and community organizer, Vusi has taught K-8th grade, ran an independent private school, athletic and other after school programs that mentored and tutored many students over the years. Most recently, Vusi assisted with the development of the UCLA Student Risk Education Committee (SREC) as well as the Bringer of Hope Foundation (BHF).

He is the father of two children, loves writing poetry and is currently working on several writing projects.