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.

Examples of Student Work:

Final Projects

Groups of 5-7 students collaborated on longer videos about a specific issue raised in one or more of their portraits of individual commuters.

Throughout this quarter, the class of M164a has worked together to create videos on commuting experiences of UCLA affiliates. Three of the film projects were featured at a public screening on June 5, 2014 at the Charles E. Young Research Library.  Students also created this video as an introduction to their work in the course and a trailer for their final projects.

This map shows the routes and transportation modes of the 13 UCLA commuters about whom students made video portraits in the course.  Click an icon to view the video portrait of that commuter.  Zoom in or out to see routes in more detail.  These videos served as base material for the three group projects below that focused on a particular commuting issue.

Students with disabilities encounter many challenges commuting to and from UCLA as well as accessing different parts of the university campus. This is the narration of one student's journey. By Matthew Marcos, Yazmine Mihojevich, Bill Nipper, Subi Ross, Suzanna Tran, and Kevin Waitkuweit.
This film documents an LA bike train and the ways in which it addresses issues of gender and safety for UCLA commuters biking from Koreatown to Westwood. By Andrew Brown, Seol Cho, Michael Moses, Natalie Nava, Bryan Ochoa, Libin Toh, and Katie Zalog.
Exploring the intersection of stigma and reality through the lives of three bus commuters to and from UCLA. By Patricia Ferido, Angela Hill, Erfan Hosseini, Nina Kharazmi, Chloe Kojima, Jessica Rayside, and Mark Reyes.