UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies program has received a gift of $250,000 to provide scholarships to students who demonstrate a longstanding and continuing interest in contributing to African-American communities in Los Angeles.
The Erika J. Glazer Endowed Scholarship at UCLA School of Law seeks to create a pipeline where underrepresented students from surrounding communities receive financial support to attend the law school, and then apply their legal skills to promoting justice and excellence in African-American neighborhoods.
"Through this scholarship, I hope to create opportunities for accomplished students who may not otherwise receive them: promising young people who come from tough circumstances," says Glazer, an investor and philanthropist who has supported a wide variety of institutions and causes in Southern California and beyond.
The scholarship is part of a larger effort Glazer is making to support underrepresented students from the region throughout their years of schooling. She has established scholarships for undergraduates at two California State University campuses, Dominguez Hills and Long Beach. She is also a driving force behind the Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) program, a visionary initiative through the California Community Foundation that addresses glaring disparities that young African American men face in the criminal justice system through educational assistance, mentorship and character development programs.
"As we look at the wonderful and changing diversity of my city, L.A., it’s important not to lose sight of those who have great potential to develop as leaders who will continue to invest their time and expertise on behalf of their communities," Glazer says. "Through the amazing work that Professor Cheryl Harris and other people are doing at UCLA Law, the CRS program is the perfect home for the latest step in this effort.
The first award is expected to go to an incoming CRS student in 2019.