The Women & Philanthropy newsletter highlights the many different ways women are making a difference on campus.

Spring 2024

Women & Philanthropy’s 30th Anniversary is celebrated throughout the newsletter! From its ambitious beginnings in 1994 through its growth and development to today, Women & Philanthropy and its members have been a significant source of support for faculty, students, programs, centers, institutes, research, and endeavors throughout the entire University. Stories highlight how this impact has been felt campus-wide and with the members themselves. There is no greater embodiment of these accomplishments than Carol Block, the retiring Associate of the Chancellor, who is highlighted on the cover and will be honored at the program’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon on May 1st.

Fall 2023

UCLA’s Parent & Family Giving Program is featured in an article on the front cover, and several new Women & Philanthropy members are introduced who qualified through their participation. Another parent and new member is highlighted for her contribution to the new UCLA Affordability Initiative with her family’s gift of a scholarship. Inside the issue, there is a 25th anniversary update on the previously introduced UCLA Health’s Sound Body Sound Mind program that brings fitness centers and curriculum to Los Angeles area schools. In the President Message, Coretta Harris shares her excitement of the fall quarter starting and these beneficial programs that UCLA is offering.

Spring 2023

On the cover, UCLA’s commitment to reaching communities through the Center for Community Engagement is featured, which brings together faculty, staff, and students in partnership with local, national, and global entities to create transformational experiences for all involved. Also highlighted is new Women & Philanthropy member, Madhu Chopra Agarwal, who continues her family’s legacy of education, involvement, and support of UCLA. Inside the issue, an article on the UCLA Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) showcases how the program offers opportunities to take academic courses and make lifetime friendship. In the President Message, Coretta Harris shares how all of these incredible programs and people associated with UCLA keep her energized and inspired.

Fall 2022

The primary mission of The UCLA Foundation Board is to actively promote philanthropy and manage donated resources for the advancement of UCLA.  The main cover story highlights the new chair, Alicia Miñana de Lovelace, who’s also a Women & Philanthropy Lifetime Member, and the other women who’ve been involved with The UCLA Foundation Board over the years.  The other cover story features Julia Hall, a Women & Philanthropy Member who supports the undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, including at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, through her planned gift of a charitable remainder unitrust.  Inside, the new Women & Philanthropy President, Coretta Harris, shares her first President’s Message.  And, the Chase Child Life Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital that provides specialized care for medically fragile, often chronically ill, children is showcased, along with Women & Philanthropy and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Board of Advisors member Liz Rifkin Greenspan, who sponsors the Zone’s All-Star Wall. 

Spring 2022

The Title IX landmark legislation that prohibits sex-based discrimination has had such a huge impact on women’s athletics at UCLA, so we devoted the entire Spring issue to its 50th Anniversary and the excellence of women’s sports on campus. The cover story highlights the importance of this tremendous milestone, including the announcement that UCLA is launching “Women of Westwood” to celebrate UCLA’s female student-athletes, alumni and coaches by enhancing educational and athletic-related resources in support of the next generation of female leaders.

The newsletter also features Women & Philanthropy Lifetime member and 1982 NCAA Championship Softball player Shelly Aguilar and her $1M commitment establishing The Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach Endowment that currently supports Kelly Inouye-Perez. An article inside the issue introduces the new Women’s Soccer Coach, Margueritte Aozasa, who comes to UCLA from coaching at Stanford, bringing her depth of experience and winning ways to campus. And Susan F. Rice relays her final President’s Message, bringing all these inspiring stories together.

Fall 2021

We are pleased to highlight on the cover the Ethnic Studies Centers – the American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center – within the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and the amazing women running these important research and resource centers. A newer member who supports the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies through her planned gift of a charitable remainder unitrust is also featured. Inside, five new women deans are introduced and share their thoughts about their new roles.

Spring 2021

The cover story welcomes vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion, Anna Spain Bradley, back to campus to take on this important position addressing racism and promoting human rights. The article on the bottom of the front page celebrates Women & Philanthropy member and UCLA professor, Andrea Ghez, for her achievement receiving the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. In the President’s Message, Susan F. Rice recognizes these amazing women and the legacy of Board Member Marion Wilson for her leadership and generosity over many years throughout the entire University. Page three highlights the phenomenal support and care given to veterans and their families by UCLA Health Operation Mend program and staff.

Fall 2020

The cover of the newly refreshed newsletter now features two stories. The first focuses attention on the Year of the Nurse in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday and how UCLA’s School of Nursing and UCLA Health nurses are setting and living up to those high standards. The other story highlights the generosity of UCLA supporters to all areas of campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the President’s Message, the new Women & Philanthropy President, Susan F. Rice, shares how honored she is to take on this role and her plans to keep the program moving forward. In addition, the importance and value of scholarships is featured with two members discussing how meaningful it has been for them to support students; plus fun-facts about how a UCLA degree impacts the lives of students.

Spring 2020

The Women & Philanthropy program welcomes Emily Carter back to UCLA as the new executive vice chancellor and provost with a cover story profile about her experience and what brings her back to campus. Inside the issue, President Anne-Marie Spataru shares her last President’s Message. Another story features the journey of Circle Member and dedicated grandmother, Rosemarie Agostini, and her family that led to Dr. Brent Fogel, director of UCLA Neurogenetics Clinic, and a potential cure for her grandsons’ rare, neurodegenerative condition, ataxia with oculomotor apraxia. The “Did You Know” page highlights significant UCLA milestones that are being celebrated during the University’s centennial celebration.

Fall 2019

The Women & Philanthropy program celebrated its 25th Anniversary on June 19th in the Centennial Ballroom at the Luskin Conference Center.  It was a momentous luncheon honoring women’s support and leadership at UCLA.  Tribute was also paid to the impact and legacy of the Women & Philanthropy program and its members.  There is an overview of the event on the cover and photos on page 3.  Women have been strong leaders throughout UCLA’s history, including the new inaugural dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Eileen Strempel, who is highlighted on page 2.  This issue’s “Did You Know” column focuses on the UCLA Bruin Resource Center in recognition of its 10th anniversary.

Spring 2019

The cover story of this issue gathers together members from different generations of Women & Philanthropy (including daughters of several members) to discuss the meaning, impact, past and future of women’s giving on campus to honor the legacy of Women & Philanthropy.  Inside this volume, the 25th Anniversary of the program is highlighted, including announcing a festive gathering on June 19, 2019 to celebrate this momentous occasion.  The “Did You Know” page showcases numerous historical accomplishments by UCLA women in recognition of University’s Centennial Celebration.

Fall 2018

The innovative UCLA Health Hospital Initiatives are highlighted as the cover story of this issue.  These inventive programs focus on improving health outcomes, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of compassion for UCLA Health patients and their families to help the healing process. Inside the newsletter is the first President’s Message from our new leader, Anne-Marie Spataru, and an overview of the Sound Body Sound Mind program that celebrates 20 years of bringing physical education curriculum and equipment to under-resourced schools throughout Los Angeles and nationwide. There is also information and stories sharing how UCLA hopes to identify new bequest intentions from alumni and friends that will create a powerful and lasting impact to the university through the Bequest Challenge.

Spring 2018

The exciting launch this past fall of the innovative Geffen Academy – a UCLA-affiliated school for sixth to twelfth-grade students located in Westwood – is the topic of this issue’s cover story.  Inside the edition, the efforts of Dr. Roshan Bastani, a pioneer in health equity and cancer disparity research, to eradicate the differences in health care services are highlighted.  This is followed by an account of the important care provided by the School of Nursing’s Health Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission in the heart of Skid Row to women, men and children with tremendous need.  And, finally, a message of gratitude to long-time Board member Maxine Rosenfeld for a transformative gift from she and her husband that will revolutionize UCLA’s health care training facilities.

Fall 2017

The cover of this issue announced the launch of the Women in Engineering program (WE@UCLA) at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science that will help inspire young women to follow their interests in engineering through a student and alumnae outreach and engagement program. Another story highlights the Parents’ Council through the involvement of a Women & Philanthropy member who’s a committed UCLA supporter. This is followed by a profile on the establishment of the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science which aims to find solutions to environmental issues from a variety different perspectives. And finally, we share a heartfelt tribute to three members who have recently passed away.

Spring 2017

On the cover of this issue, we are thrilled to highlight the women working together to lead UCLA’s world-renowned health divisions: UCLA Health, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and UCLA School of Nursing. Inside, the power of storytelling is showcased with the dean of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Followed by introductions to two members who have decided to leave a lasting legacy with UCLA through their estates and information about how those types of gifts can be made.

Fall 2016

Collaboration is an important focus for the three female deans of UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA School of Law, and UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The cover story delves into how the deans value working closely to enhance the intersection between the three schools. Relationships are also highlighted within the issue in stories about the study abroad program and the impact UCLA has had on AIDs research and treatment, as the 35th anniversary of the pandemic is recognized. All of these connections are honored by the new Women & Philanthropy President who shares a message of welcome and appreciation

Spring 2016

UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program (AAP) has been promoting academic excellence and achievement for students from historically underrepresented communities since 1971. The cover story highlights the success of this program and the students it serves. Several Women & Philanthropy members who support AAP share the importance and impact the program holds for them. Inside the issue, two new Board Members are welcomed as honorary participants to represent the next generation of philanthropists and learn and share their experiences. We also welcome a University Leadership Member, Jayathi Murthy, the new dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. On a sad note, we say farewell and honor a longtime, beloved Board Member, Helen “Lena” Astin, who contributed greatly to Women & Philanthropy and UCLA.

Fall 2015

Women philanthropists have made transformational gifts throughout the history of UCLA since its inception. This legacy of giving continues through the largest single donation to the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a gift from Marion Anderson. The cover story showcases this meaningful contribution to the university. A story inside the issue highlights the importance and impact of smaller gifts to specialized departments. Also, new leaders on campus are profiled. With their change of roles, Jennifer Mnookin, dean at the UCLA School of Law, and Kelsey Martin, interim dean for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, have joined Women & Philanthropy as University Leadership Members.

Spring 2015

Female military veterans are achieving great success as students at UCLA. Two female verterans share how the Veterans Resource Office has helped them transistion into their role as students while providing support services to them and other veterans. Inside the newsletter features the story of how bonds made on campus inspire a group of young women to honor their dear friend with a lasting legacy when she passes away unexpectedly. Another article welcomes the eight female coaches into the program as University Leadership Members and highlights their development of student athletes by being role models and leaders.

Fall 2014

The Women’s Cardiovascular Center at UCLA is attacking the epidemic of heart disease in women by providing optimal clinical care and patient programs, as well as groundbreaking research. The cover story on this vital program highlights the efforts being conducted by the Center and its director. Changes within the Women & Philanthropy program are introduced inside the issue, including a message from Agi Hirshberg, the new President of Women & Philanthropy who shares her vision for her two year term, and an overview of the program’s expansion as it moves into its dynamic future. The impact of Women & Philanthropy and its members throughout the past 20 years was celebrated with a commemorative luncheon on June 3, 2014 — photos from the event are featured on page 3.

Spring 2014

This issue celebrates the 20th anniversary of Women & Philanthropy! The cover story highlights the importance the program has had in the lives of five members who came together to discuss the Women & Philanthropy’s past and future. Inside the issue, the two Celebration Luncheon Honorees, Betsy Wood Knapp and Bea Mandel, are recognized for their numerous contributions to the University. Another article profiles one of the group’s newer members, Christine Sol, who expresses the impact the members have already had on her. In addition, Ginny Steel, the new University Librarian, shares her vision for the UCLA Library System. There are many women to applaud in this edition of the newsletter!

Fall 2013

Several Women & Philanthropy members are at the forefront of the vital conversation inspiring young women to pursue education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The cover article highlights women serving as role models to inspire women to enter – and remain – in STEM careers. This issue highlights the Students with Dependents program that helps support students who are parents themselves. Also profiled are women who inspire and lead, member Elaine Krown Klein, and the most recent Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate, Linda Sarna – two women making a difference.

Winter 2013

Women & Philanthropy members are making a powerful impact by endowing student scholarships throughout campus. This issue highlights two of these members who are helping to shape the future of UCLA scholars. Inside the newsletter, you’ll learn how Dean/Vice Provost Emerita Judi Smith, a Women & Philanthropy member, is teaching the next generation of donors with a new course on philanthropy. You’ll also meet two new members of UCLA’s leadership team: Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the Fielding School of Public Health, and Dr. Patricia Turner, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education.

Spring 2012

Philanthropist and child advocate Karin Fielding shares the importance of making a difference and giving back, not only for herself but her family as well. Other stories include a profile of student body president Emily Resnick; a celebration of Margaret “Peggy” Bloomfield’s five decades and 400-plus gifts in support of programs throughout UCLA; and a highlight of generational giving by mother-daughter donors Jill and Alison Chozen.

Winter 2011

President Marianne Murphy describes what Women & Philanthropy has meant to her and what she hopes the group can achieve during her tenure. Inside: Learn more about two organizations that support parts of UCLA’s medical enterprise; the background and goals of the new law dean; and the generosity of Women & Philanthropy board member, Astrid Preston. Also, sadly, we say goodbye to two amazing women who each did so much in her own way to advance the university.

Spring 2010

Operation Haiti blogs and videos add perspective to this issue’s feature on UCLA aid for Haitian earthquake victims. Also inside: Meet Dr. Gene Washington, the new vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine. Get an update on busy Women & Philanthropy members Tricia Grey and Rose Gilbert. And be inspired by Bruin athletic excellence in interviews with fellow member and women’s gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field and women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell.

Fall 2009

Advancing excellence at UCLA is a common denominator among those featured in this issue, including alumna Rachel Robinson, recipient of the UCLA Medal, new deans Teri Schwartz and Victoria Sork, and fellow Women & Philanthropy members and philanthropic leaders Rica Orszag and Agi Hirschberg. Also inside: K-12 education innovation at the UCLA Community School.

Spring 2009

Featuring a fresh look and new logo, this issue begins with a forward-looking conversation with Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Inside, learn about Bruin women leaders like White House staffer Camille Johnston and National Academy of Engineering scientist Deborah Estrin. Discover new student scholarships made possible by our members and milestone achievements for Bea Mandel and Phyllis Parvin.

Fall 2008

In a frank interview, learn about Women & Philanthropy’s new president, Kathleen Flanagan, and her priorities and goals. Inside, find insightful articles on board members Rita Pynoos and Patty Boyle … how the Clinical Scholars Program works to solve community issues … and the Bruin heroes of the Beijing Olympics.

June 2007

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center wouldn’t open for another year, but Nancy Reagan was among the dignitaries at its June 2007 dedication. This special issue features two distinctive parts of the new hospital: the Child Life/Child Development Services program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and a surgical waiting room donated by Women & Philanthropy member Maddie Katz.

July 2005

Women & Philanthropy’s 10th anniversary is cause for celebration! From bake sales to serious fundraising, members recall how far they’ve come. Inside, Marion Wilson talks about her most personal gift … faculty wife Louise Lucio fostered both philanthropy and community on campus … and sculptor Elaine Krown Klein follows her bliss by helping young artists.

March 2004

On the cover, Women & Philanthropy founding member Joy Monkarsh recounts how the group gained respect, confidence and power through the years. Also, UCLA computer science Professor Deborah Estrin places sensors in the environment … board member Joanne Knopoff discusses her multiple roles on campus … and teen clothing store CEO Betsy McLaughlin looks for talent and creativity.