Why You Should Consider the UEP Major
Blogger: Rebeca Lopez
- CicLAvia: For my UEP101 class we were required to attend at least 3 events off campus related to what we were learning. Professor Gottlieb suggested that we attend cicLAvia because it was a famous event where the city closed down the streets and people were able to bike around the city without worrying about cars. Some friends and I decided that we were gonna give it a try and it turned out to be one of the most fun things I did that semester. I have attended every cicLAvia after that and even volunteered at the most recent one.
- Public Health Internship: Last year I took the Public Health Practicum class and was able to intern at a local clinic, Foothill Unity Center. It’s hard to put my experience into words but it was so much more than I thought it would be. Foothill Unity Center is a free clinic so it focuses on serving the low-income/homeless population in Monrovia.
One of my favorite things was listening to peoples’ stories and understanding not only their health history but the other areas of their life that have had an effect on their health. Honestly most of the time I would get frustrated at how little I could do to help but it stirred an interest in Public Health and now I am going to minor in it!
- Community Organizing Internship: This semester I am interning at ELACC (East Los Angeles Community Corporation) and so far it’s going great. I get to work a little with all their campaigns but so far I have mostly focused on their METRO Campaign and Street Vending Campaign. This past Sunday we tabled at cicLAvia to inform people about our METRO Campaign and it was really cool to hear peoples’ thoughts. It’s been a great experience and I am excited to continue to work with them throughout the semester.
- Forming Relationships/Making Connections: I would consider myself a people person and so I love the fact that a lot of my friends are also UEP majors as and since we always seem to take the same classes we get to support each other, especially during long nights!
All bikes and no cars (yes that is someone in a cow suit. no i don't know why they are in a cow suit)
Tabeling during cicLAvia this past Sunday. We had questions on the whiteboard for community members to answer and get them thinking about public transportation in Boyle Heights