Six months and counting! GA updates and more

Dear UASRA neighbors, We have completed 6 months at UASRA office and it has been a wonderful journey, with your support and constant feedback. During this extremely challenging time we hope that you and your loved ones are safe. As we met through several general assemblies, board meetings, Policy review meetings, satellite meetings with UCLA admin, transport offices, events and workshops and Tenant union, from July through January, we kept our fellow residents needs, requests, concerns, feedbacks, praises and appreciations at the core of our discussions. For the most recent General Assembly minutes, please see the January 2022 report. We are listing some of the major highlights, announcements and upcoming happenings/events at UASRA and main campus. Please spare a few minutes to go through the following updates.

NOTE: In person classes, events will be resumed post February 01, 2022.

  1. Rent assistance from California state relief has started coming to the UAS residents, this is a brief presentation to submit the money to UCLA housing. Thankyou Tenant Union for the help! If you are still applying, make sure to add UCLA as 'landlord non-participating' and these information.

  2. No late fee so far on rent at UAS housing, if this changes, information will be sent from Housing.

  3. Stroller Storage submit your feedback/suggestions about stroller storage form at UV family housing.

  4. Laundry machines submit your feedback about Laundry Machines you have observed to be problematic despite WASH app repair request.

  5. Safety ambassadors (10pm to 6:30am)have helped keep the community safer than before, helped shift packages to apt, inside complexes. More hours to be added.

  6. More city bus stands. We met with UCLA transport and requested for additional bus stands and increased lighting at Sepulveda/Sawtelle side to improve city buses commute. Next steps, LA city and Santa Monica bus services contacted. Thankyou ResLife for helping us!

  7. Swimming pool heating at Sawtelle conversation ongoing with repair dept, to be finished not this winter.

  8. Basic Needs Distribution. We carried out 3 distribution drives (September, December, January) based on your responses. Thankyou so much for your participation, we were able to reach more than 350 families.

  9. Mental health workshop was held virtually, facilitated by RISE. Please see the notes shared by Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Thankyou ResLife for helping us!

  10. Community events so far: Welcome events, Halloween and Holidays events, upcoming cooking classes and Valentines festival see UASRA blogposts. To appreciate residents, we will start featuring Resident of the Month. Keep a lookout for our Monthly blogpost-newsletter for events and happenings update!

  11. Booking of community centre/gazebo for general public usage still on hold.

  12. UCLA Recreations and English Spanish language classes ongoing since October 2021, to resume in February 2022.

  13. Wellness and community inclusivity Rhythm drum circle event in early March

  14. Unit events at UAS units and complexes continue, look for flyers near your building entrances/common areas.

  15. Covid test kits Government issued Free at home covid test sign up. ResLife in conversation with Housing to bring 1000 test kits at housing office for residents.

  16. Garden programs going great, plant swaps, garden information centre established. Thankyou so much for your volunteership. Upcoming Certificate course for gardening enthusiasts, sign up . For garden plots and other resources, visit uasra website.

  17. Green programs going great, sustainable food program expanded, UASRA Volunteers added, if you would like to join as food volunteer, please contact uasragreencoordinator@gmail.com. Community education, awareness about composting/waste reduction as per SB1383 being planned for UAS with UCLA Sustainability.

  18. Rose apt garden beds expected to be completed by March 15, 2022.

  19. Spectrum upgradation complete at Clarington. Work to begin at Keystone Feb 18 onwards, next in line Venice/Barry followed by other UAS complexes.

  20. Conversation for Youth programming through UCLA Recreation centre for daycare at Sawtelle Community centre ongoing! Thankyou ResLife for the opportunity!

  21. Conversation for UAS Community excursion trip to Aquarium of the Pacifics ongoing, keeping in mind covid trends and precautions! Thankyou ResLife for guidng us!

  22. UASRA officers by-laws revised to reflect more empathy, inclusiveness and non-punitive, soon will be uploaded to website uasra.org/bylaws

  23. A new category 'UASRA Volunteers" added to the constitution to increase community participation.

  24. UASRA officers socials being planned as a way to connect outside of zoom! We appreciate our terrific and kind UASRA officers!

  25. Facebook group, formerly moderated by UASRA now community residents moderated.

  26. UASRA officers training 'conflict-dialogue and inclusivity training', soon. Opportunity open for other community members.

  27. For Past/present/future uasra officers: Community crucial Data deletion/dismantling UASRA resources leads to non-participation in further UASRA office positions.

  28. Community items donation/swap being planned quarterly, dumping in common areas not allowed!

  29. Major maintenance requests submitted to housing in November for LED display screen for events to reduce paper, fence for new gardenbeds, communal composter

Application announcements at Main Campus/UAS

  1. Student Scholarship Opportunities, deadline Feb 14. Apply

  2. Leadership Retreats offered by Student Affairs, deadline Feb 4. Apply

  3. UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offering 2 virtual workshops . RSVP

  4. UASRA Election chair 2022 application opening soon to be announced, keep a lookout

  5. ResLife hiring a new ARA. Apply

Please join us at the monthly General assembly meetings, third Wednesday, 7pm on zoom (except for August and December) if you have concerns/comments for Maintenance/Housing, ResLife/safety/security/ucpd and/or UASRA. For full GA meeting minutes for each month, visit https://www.uasra.org/meetings.

Write to us at uasraboard@gmail.com for comments/queries. Watch this space for future updates.

Stay safe, healthy, keep harboring empathy, kindness and stand together, dear UASRA! We are all together and greatly appreciate your trust and support for us.

With gratitude, Thank you! Best wishes,

Sufia Sadaf UASRA President 2021-2022 On behalf of the entire Team UASRA