Student Task Force Projects

The SDGs in L.A. Project is a Young Initiative partnership with the L.A. Mayor’s office. We create student Task Forces that work under city leadership with faculty guidance. The Task Forces are empowered to use the SDGs as a tool to help envision fresh policy approaches to seemingly intractable local problems.

July 28, 2021

Recommendations on how to initiate a truth and accountability process and confront patterns of racial injustice in Los Angeles 

June 30, 2021

Students worked with the Mayor's Office to propose a set of indicators to measure gender equity in cities. Their final report encourages cities to look “beyond the gender binary” to incorporate sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to create a more gender inclusive set of data that measures progress on equity.

October 7, 2020

The City of Los Angeles (LA) Mayor’s Office of International Affairs assigned a team of seven students to map the past seven years’ worth of projects funded by the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program. Stephanie Oyolu ‘22 represented Occidental College and reported to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office for International Affairs

October 7, 2020

The City of Los Angeles (LA) Mayor’s Office of International Affairs assigned a team of seven students to analyze types of indoor air quality and energy efficiency solutions that can be supported by city programs with strong ROI and effective reduction of pollutants and emissions.

October 7, 2020

The City of Los Angeles (LA) Mayor’s Office of International Affairs assigned a team of eight students to help enhance the LA City Biodiversity Index to determine current industry benchmarks, create key recommendations for the next report revision, and provide insights for further research.

October 7, 2020

The City of Los Angeles (LA) Mayor’s Office of International Affairs assigned a team of six students to conduct a macroanalysis of the determinants of intergenerational poverty with a focus on the relationship between homeless students’ environment and their educational outcomes.

September 26, 2020

The City of Los Angeles (LA) Mayor’s Office of International Affairs assigned a team of six students to draw on the best practices of other cities and new data sources to improve measures of impact, inclusion, and repre