Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment


Peter Samuelson, MA, President


Dr. D. Andy Rice, PhD, ASPIRE Fellow at UCLA


The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment (ASPIRE) partners with universities, community organizations, scholars, and activists to advocate for sustainability and social justice through media-focused teaching and research.  ASPIRE teaches digital media production to undergraduates of all majors to enhance their lifelong capacities to undertake social issue advocacy.

The examination of one student’s look back upon their path while venturing through the accepting halls of UCLA.  By Anthony Elder and Lisa Mendez.

A portrait of UCLA student Jumana Al-Quwasmi, a Palestinian-American, Muslim feminist who reflects upon what her grandfather finds in his only trip home, in 2006, after being forced into exile in 1948. By Sigin Ojulu and Ziyad Marcus.

Two prominent social activists tackle the black worker crisis affecting LA County.  By Andrene Scott and Vladimir Santos.

The migration story of a UCLA graduate and finding community on campus through dance. By Lucy Plascencia.