It’s more than a smile or a sunny disposition.
at UCLA, optimism Is a doubt-defying state-of-mind.
It’s California dreaming blended with daring, impactful doing. It makes us infinitely resilient, unyielding and undefeatable. It empowers us to drive perpetual progress in Los Angeles and around the world.
Optimism always finds a way.
UCLA is made up of people who take on any challenge and find solutions to any problem. People for whom excellence is a way of life. We call them Optimists. And every day, our lives are made better by something they have discovered, improved, invented or created.
Educational equity scholar, author
Chef, restaurateur and sustainability advocate
Arts educator, community organizer
Acclaimed roboticist, visionary educator
Protégée of superstar tenor Plácido Domingo
Every single day, people everywhere are helped by something UCLA students, faculty or alumni have done, discovered or improved. These are the stories of how UCLA creates impact and changes lives.