Kerckhoff Patio Reimagined

Picture of Kerckhoff Patio with the text #KerckhoffPatioReimagined in the center
$100,355
57%
Raised toward our $175,000 Goal
5 Donors
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days left
Project ends on January 01, at 12:00 AM PST
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#KerckhoffPatioReimagined

During the pandemic, UCLA’s Tongva Steps remained empty, Bruin Walk was quiet, and our community lost out on building the kind of meaningful personal relationships that help engage our students and define their time at UCLA long after they graduate.



On March 19, 2020 UCLA closed its campus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Image source: UCLA Twitter

Losing the college living experience, in-person learning, social connections and a sense of “place” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many. As a result, concerns around loneliness, social isolation, and physical well-being among young people are on the rise – particularly given the strong connection of poor social well-being to poor physical health.

The need to socialize safely as we return to campus highlights the fact that outside spaces are now even more critical to help advance our student’s psychological well-being. UCLA’s 2020 Undergraduate Experience Survey bears this out - nearly 100% of UCLA undergraduate students had concerns about being isolated from friends because of the pandemic, and 8 in 10 were concerned about having access to an appropriate study space. Currently, many outdoor spaces on campus are less than ideal for studying and lounging-- lacking outlets to charge laptops, shading and comfortable seating that can be moved with relative ease. 

Shared spaces and experiences at UCLA connect us, and help to create a resilient and empathetic Bruin community. Unfortunately, many new Bruins have never stepped foot on campus until now and so lack a meaningful connection to the UCLA community. We aim to change that.

In response to the desire by students for safe spaces to study and connect with one another, your support is needed now more than ever to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Bruins that fosters social engagement through sustainable design.

#KerckhoffPatioReimagined builds community and promotes social well-being through thoughtful design

Listening to student feedback, #KerckhoffPatioReimagined brings solar-powered laptop charging stations, thoughtful shading and a variety of comfortable seating including large lounge chairs. 

A diverse group of stakeholders already have given the green light to revitalize UCLA’s iconic Kerckhoff Patio to serve as a catalyst for community building and positive social discourse. To meet our students’ needs and make this important vision a reality, we need matching funds from donors such as you.

Your gift will help to create lasting memories for our students that connect them to the UCLA Bruin community for a lifetime.

The #KerckhoffPatioReimagined Project has been developed through student input and stakeholder engagement over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year to meet student well-being requests for an active and engaging outdoor space at Kerckhoff patio that fosters social connectedness, belonging, and community while acting as a hub to increase access to health and well-being resources. 


This project will cultivate an environment that promotes dialogue, conversation, and civil discourse among Bruins from across campus, generating social well-being and inclusion in the process.


As our world becomes more divisive, spaces that foster non-judgmental cross-disciplinary conversations among the larger body of students, faculty, staff, and community members that make up the UCLA campus are critically important. By creating a welcoming space for all at Kerckhoff Patio, together we are fostering a more empathetic and empowered Bruin community, on campus and beyond.




Help us build new memories, experiences, and friendships and bring Kerckhoff patio into the 21st century – your gift will help foster a strong sense of belonging and community across our campus, supporting the emotional and social well-being of your fellow Bruins.


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Should this fund reach the campus minimum required for the establishment of an endowment or quasi-endowment, The UCLA Foundation reserves the right to convert this fund to an endowment or quasi-endowment.  Please click here to learn more about how The UCLA Foundation invests and manages its endowments.

Our way
of Thanking You

$5

Invite to our grand opening

We hope to see you at the grand opening of the reimagined Kerckhoff Patio!

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Estimated Delivery: April 2022

$10

Phone Wallet

A gift at this level will get you a phone wallet from the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center. All those who contribute will be invited to the grand opening of the reimagined Kerckhoff Patio! (tax deductible gift of $9.90)

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Estimated Delivery: April 2022

$25

Tote Bag

A gift at this level will get you a student-designed canvas tote bag from the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center. All those who contribute will be invited to the grand opening of the reimagined Kerckhoff Patio! (tax deductible gift of $22.08)

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Estimated Delivery: April 2022

$50

Reusable Lunch Box

A gift at this level will get you a student-designed reusable and biodegradable lunch box from the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center. All those who contribute will be invited to the grand opening of the reimagined Kerckhoff Patio! (tax deductible gift of $45.08)

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Estimated Delivery: January 2022

$100

Swag Bag

A gift at this level will get you a student-designed tote bag filled with special items from the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center. All those who contribute will be invited to the grand opening of the reimagined Kerckhoff Patio! (tax deductible gift of $80)

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$250

Kerckhoff Patio Advocate

Thank you for advocating for the social well-being of our Bruin community! A gift at this level will get you a student-designed tote bag filled with special items from the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center. All those who contribute will be invited to the grand opening of the reimagined Kerckhoff Patio! (tax deductible gift of $230)

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Estimated Delivery: April 2022

$500

Bruin Champion

You are a champion for the Bruin Community! A gift at this level will get you a student-designed tote bag filled with special items from the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center. All those who contribute will be invited to the grand opening of the reimagined Kerckhoff Patio! (tax deductible gift of $480)

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