Who are we?
The Academic Affairs Commission (AAC) is currently made up of 27 student leaders that have committed themselves to the fight against academic inequity. AAC is a commission of the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) and was established in 1965 to enhance access and retention for communities of color. Now we continue to serve as student representatives to create and critique academic policy at UCLA and have new goals to make campus more equitable for all. One of these goals involves the issue of course material accessibility and affordability and the fact that hundreds of low-income students struggle to pay for textbooks even after financial aid is disbursed.
What is our goal?
AAC has worked with the campus community to help improve textbook accessibility for our fellow Bruins. We worked with the Library to increase the amount of time given to students to check out Course Reserves. These are course materials that were lent for two hours before AAC proposed for the lending period to increase to three hours. Unfortunately, not all classes partner with the Library, so Course Reserves are not the solution to every student’s situation. We also work with the Academic Senate to always stress to faculty the importance of providing textbook pdf's, online accessible materials, and low-cost alternatives to course readers. Still, it remains that thousands of students must buy access codes in addition to course books, and these costs can add up quickly.
AAC’s solution to this problem is our quarterly book subsidy program, Books for Bruins. By applying for one of our Books for Bruins textbook grants, students can be reimbursed for the money they spent on course materials for up to $150. Although our efforts have been impactful, convincing professors to convert textbooks to pdfs does not come close to the impact Books for Bruins has. To provide books/course materials for a countless number of Bruins, we need your support through a financial donation. A donation of any amount can help support a student to get the required materials for their courses and alleviate some of the financial stress caused by this pandemic.
Here's a breakdown of what your donation goes toward:
To give you an idea of what your donations would fund, we've provided a breakdown of the ultimate goals we have to keep Books with Bruins funded. To us, a successful and impactful textbook subsidy program takes into account that while some students only need $25, some may need the full $150. We carefully looked at the amounts disbursed previously by last year's AAC, and we determined that 40 disbursements of $100, 35 disbursements of $75, 97 disbursements of $50, and 100 disbursements of $25 gift cards would maximize our impact each quarter. We currently have $3,975 allotted for Books for Bruins each quarter. Our goal is to add an additional $10,000 through this campaign and other events/activities (follow us on Instagram for more details)!
You can donate today to help us achieve that goal and financially support the next generation of doctors, lawyers, educators, entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, scientists, etc. There is no limit to what Bruins can achieve, especially when we have the support of our communities!
Strength in the Bruin Community!
UCLA parents, your enthusiasm and love is part of what makes us confident enough to take our first strides into our professional development. UCLA Alumni, your legacy and extraordinary commitment to support the next generation of Bruins have always inspired us. Westwood and LA residents, we are in your debt for the amazing community you so often invite us to be active participants in. From your businesses to your cheers at the Rose Bowl, you all never go unnoticed. And you certainly would not go unnoticed for your donation to Books for Bruins.
Students that choose UCLA may have done so because of a variety of factors, including distance from home, affordability, and the food! Taking into account that such factors are all connected to location, and therefore community, it is no wonder that each aspect of student life is interconnected here at our campus. With such complexity, we understand that our extended Bruin family may not be aware of the other costs students must cover. Your donation will cover these items:
- Lab Notebooks
- Lab Manuals
- Paperback book copies
- Textbooks for all Majors/Subjects
- Course Readers
- Access Codes
- Language Course Codes
Thank you for being interested in learning more about the course materials we are responsible for acquiring as we finish our undergraduate education! You can make a difference in the life of a Bruin today with a donation of any amount!
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