Who We Are
The Community Programs Office was founded in 1969 and was later departmentalized in 2003 in the Campus Life Division of Student Affairs. Originally based out of Dodd Hall, the Community Programs Office is now located in the central part of campus in the Student Activities Center.
The Community Programs Office serves as our campus’ multicultural center and has played a significant role in the lives of generations of underserved students.
Our department is one of the most diverse places on campus, where students from various communities come together to learn from one another and share each other’s experiences. The UCLA Community Programs Office is a place for students to find a community away from home, a brave space where students can feel comfortable enough to grow and flourish during their time on campus.
We are an inclusive and accessible space. We are committed to students from diverse backgrounds, including communities of color, the LGBTQ community, undocumented students, students of all abilities, and students of all religious backgrounds. We are constantly striving to meet all student needs and always working with students to improve our spaces and services.
The mission of the Community Programs Office, UCLA’s multicultural center, is to build and nurture an inclusive and diverse community of student scholars and leaders who are committed to giving back to historically marginalized and minoritized communities by engaging students, staff, faculty, and community partners in our work in the areas of outreach, community service, retention, and basic needs programs.
We are committed to developing a new generation of dynamic leaders by shaping our students to become motivated, responsible, and critically conscious individuals. The CPO fosters a safe and positive environment where students can use their education as a vehicle for social change through direct action and service in the community.
“A Conscious Effort in the Community.”