This article is adapted from the UCLAx magazine spring 2024 issue.

It's an exciting time for UCLA Extension, as the institution returns to its roots in downtown LA and looks for more ways to connect with the greater Los Angeles community. But our expansion downtown isn't the only piece of news from the last six months. Whether exploring new partnerships, building innovative programs or hosting landmark events, there are always big things happening at UCLA Extension. 

Here are some of recent highlights: 


Welcoming a new associate dean 

Kimberly Baker-Flowers joined UCLA Extension as the institution’s first associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion and chief people officer. Baker-Flowers is an expert in change management in diversity, equity, inclusion, compliance and human resources. “Associate Dean Baker-Flowers joins us at a pivotal moment that requires us to continue effecting positive change in our organization and in the communities we serve,” said Dean Eric Bullard. 


A tax seminar focused on fairness 

The UCLA Extension Tax Controversy Institute’s annual conference featured a strong focus on equity in tax enforcement, highlighted by a keynote address from IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. The conference, celebrating its 39th year, offers tax practitioners, officials, advocates and students an opportunity to address challenges and share best practices.


Partnership with UCLA Athletics

Student-athletes are getting the chance to compete as Bruins for one last season by enrolling in UCLA Extension certificate programs. The initiative is aimed at student-athletes who graduate before exhausting their NCAA eligibility, including transfer students. Three certificate programs are currently included: project management, pre-medical and general science studies, and business and management of entertainment.


A gift of fine art

Four original paintings by renowned abstract expressionist Vicci Sperry are currently on display at UCLA Extension’s Gayley Center building in Westwood, thanks to a donation from the artist’s granddaughter, Liza Braude. Sperry’s art was featured on three UCLA Extension course catalog covers in the late 1970s.