LOS ANGELES, Calif. – UCLA Extension announces a schedule of online and remote learning, no-cost seminars starting on April 27, 2020, as part of “Lighting the Way Forward” open access initiative to support communities impacted by the unprecedented effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The UCLA Extension seminars are supported by the Innovation Fund whose purpose is to ensure continuing education offers groundbreaking and innovative curricula. Inspired by the UCLA “Light It Blue” campaign, with Bruin blue lights projected on-campus buildings as beacons of hope, “Lighting the Way Forward,” seminars feature art and design, digital tech, business, entertainment, humanities, health and wellness, sustainability, writing, and career services, at no cost. The sessions vary in format from one day workshops to ten week seminars.

“As a public university, our mission is to serve the needs of our community and this initiative is our way of providing access to lifelong learning during this unprecedented time in our collective history. The open access seminars are designed to be timely and practical, serving a diverse range of learners,” said Eric A. Bullard, Dean, Continuing Education and UCLA Extension. “The seminars offered as part of this initiative were designed to address the immediate needs of our state and region. Indeed most of the seminars are very timely and relevant to the current environment due to the global health crisis.”

Upcoming courses are: Navigating Panics, Recessions, & Recoveries; Self-Care & Thriving During Physical Distancing; Silver Linings in a Crisis- Resilience & the Environment; Project Management Essentials in Times of Uncertainty; Career Resources for the Community; Managing Remote Teams; Defeating Distraction: Creating a Writing Practice One-Day Workshop, and more. The full list of courses is found here or visit uclaextension.edu/LightTheWay and sign up. The seminars are accessed via Canvas, the learning management system at UCLA Extension.

The seminars are led by industry experts and distinguished instructors at UCLA Extension including Marc Aden Gray, actor, corporate story consultant, and artistic career guide; Nurit Katz, chief sustainability officer at UCLA and executive officer, UCLA Facilities Management; Andrew Kurtz, M.A., LMFT, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; JC Miller, landscape architect, partner and principal, Vallier Design Associates; Nance Rosen, named by CNBC “America’s Job Coach,” and former marketing executive with The Coca-Cola Company; Cole Kazdin, writer, performer, and Emmy-winning television journalist, and others.

For over one hundred years, UCLA Extension has offered professional certificates, preparatory and enrichment courses to those who want to expand their knowledge, upgrade their skills, explore an interest. The open access public programs offer an opportunity for knowledge and discovery at no cost to the community.

For more information, please contact Student Services at enroll@uclaextension.edu or call 310-825-7791. #LightTheWay, #LightItBlue.


UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Courses and professional certificates range from arts, business, data science and project management, IT to entertainment studies, humanities, sciences, sustainability, writing, and more. Explore at uclaextension.edu

All instruction at UCLA Extension is remote in the spring and summer quarters. The summer quarter session begins on June 22, 2020, and courses are found in the catalog PDF. Find out more about remote instruction at UCLA Extension – online, remote, hybrid, watch here.