The city of Los Angeles is one of the most dynamic metropolitan environments in the world and is an unparalleled place to study the intersection of the natural and cultural spheres.
Special Note for Spring 2021
Funding from the LA Encounters program is usually only available to support field trips and other off-campus learning experiences. Due to the remote learning environment necessitated by COVID-19, a limited amount of funding is available during Spring 2021 to support guest speakers, performers, and virtual experiences that fulfill the program's goal of expanding "the depth and breadth of opportunities for students to engage in experiential and academic activities that are directly connected with the environment, cultural, economic, political, scientific and social institutions, issues and programs in Los Angeles."
The LA Encounter budget has been significantly reduced for the 2020-21 academic year, so funding is limited. As such, we ask that academic departments make use of any available Remsen Bird funds prior to requesting funding from LA Encounters.
Mission: The L.A. Encounters program supports initiatives within Occidental’s academic program that expand the depth and breadth of opportunities for students to engage with the community, culture, and environment of the greater Los Angeles region.