UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies (CRS) program is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Like the program, the new Erika J. Glazer Endowed Scholarship promotes social justice: Funds will support local scholars in the program dedicated to achieving equity for Los Angeles’s African-American communities.
Developing Leaders in Law
“As we look at the wonderful and changing diversity of my city, L.A., it’s important not to lose sight of those who have great potential to develop as leaders who will continue to invest their time and expertise on behalf of their communities,” Glazer says. “Through the amazing work that people are doing at UCLA Law, the CRS program is the perfect home for the latest step in this effort.”
Established in 2000, the CRS program will help recipients learn the legal skills needed to meet the challenge. Combining academic coursework with community-based clinic experience, the program trains future attorneys, academics, and advocates in understanding and negotiating the intersection between race and the law.
A $250,000 gift from Glazer, whose generosity has benefited young people all over Los Angeles, created the scholarship and will continue that pattern.
Glazer’s commitment to empowering UCLA Law students reflects her passion for helping underrepresented groups. She has supported undocumented students at California State University Los Angeles; undergraduates at CSU Dominguez Hills and Long Beach; and young African-American men through the California Community Foundation’s Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) program. At UCLA, one of her contributions has enabled the Hammer Museum to offer free admission to all visitors, opening doors for those with limited access to the arts.
Later this year, UCLA Law will award the first Glazer scholarship to an incoming CRS student. Many more recipients will follow and then lead the way to justice.
Published March 2019