NonTraditional Student Network at UCLA

The UCLA Non Traditional Student Network is an organization and support system which brings together all UCLA students who are returning to higher education after pursuing various walks of life. We assist students with the facilitation of resources, and advocate for our growing community which is fostered by non-traditional students, advocates and amazing faculty. Our Mission: As the Non-Traditional Student Network is to function as both a social, academic, and instituational support system for the diverse and growing demographic of non-traditional students at UCLA. What is a non-traditional student? -Anyone returning to school after taking a break from their educational goals. -Working professionals finishing a degree or working on a new one. -Parents returning to school after starting a family. -People returning from military service. -Older students returning to school after taking time of to pursue other life goals -Transfer students -Part-time students -Commuter students -Married students -Students who work full-time while enrolled and are financially independent -And more! The 'non-traditional student' experience, and identity, falls outside of a traditional high school-to-college path. Despite the size and prevalence of the non-traditional student community most college systems are geared toward the traditional student. One glaring example of this is that non-traditional students now constitute about 40% of college students nationally and about 30% of UCLA's population, yet, there is no system in place to ensure effective communication between the college and the large non-traditional student base, there is no official transfer center on the UCLA campus, no place for students in this position to gather or go for support and amenity. The Network at UCLA takes a more deliberate approach in bringing all students into the Bruin family, supporting and advocating specifically for those who took a 'non-traditional' path to get here.

Signatories: Seydel Ovies, Monica Negrete, and Jena Jimenez

Advisor: Maria Anna Salazar Capinpin

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