UCLA is part of a university system whose campuses share healthy competitive and collaborative spirits — the kind that lead to solutions and successes. The latest example of that is the UCLA Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom, launched by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and intended to find solutions to security challenges while preserving civil rights and liberties. The initiative, which UC President Janet Napolitano says “could not be more timely,” will operate across the UC system’s ten research universities from its base at UCLA.
Drawing on the system’s shared strengths, the initiative will facilitate interdisciplinary research in law, public policy, technology, and other fields. It also will host seminars and clinics at multiple campuses, engaging students and faculty in learning and improving inclusive approaches to security.
A generous donation from Imaad Zuberi, vice chairman at Avenue Ventures Group, made the initiative possible. Haroon Azar, JD ’08, who previously served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will serve as program director and will join retired Army General Wesley Clark as senior fellow at the Burkle Center.
Set to involve community and faith-based groups as well, the statewide initiative also fits the local landscape. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says, “Los Angeles’ unique character is defined by a diversity of cultures and beliefs. The initiative reflects those values.”
They’re values that UCLA hopes will inform national policy. Says Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala: “I could not think of a more opportune or important policy question for California and the nation than how to ensure that our communities remain secure while our citizens’ rights remain respected and protected.”
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