Semel HCI 2020 Year-End Event

You’re invited to the Virtual Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center Year-End Event in 2020 Focus.  At the close of our centennial year, UCLA bands together in preserving the health and well-being of our friends, family, and community at large.  Join us as we recognize community leaders, milestone accomplishments, and the uplifting sound of music to carry us onward and upward. Tune in to this official event webpage for the Youtube Premiere showing from 5:30PM – 6:30PM on Wednesday, May 27 2020.

  • Musical performances by The Bash Dogs, Resonance A Capella, and Opera UCLA
  • Presentations of the jane b semel HCI Appreciation and Recognition Awards 
  • Remarks by key administrative leaders of the UCLA community 
  • Honoring University of California President Janet Napolitano with the 2020 Semel HCI Eudaimonia Lifetime Achievement Award

Envisioned and supported by Jane and Terry Semel, the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA is committed to making UCLA the healthiest campus in America. 

Be a part of the movement! #BruinsTogether

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Every year, we like to give out awards to celebrate and honor the outstanding health and well-being work done by individuals within the UCLA Community and beyond. We have two distinct awards:

  • The 2020 Eudaimonia Lifetime Achievement Award, given to those living a life rich in purpose and meaning; and
  • The jane b semel Appreciation Award, given to UCLA students, faculty, and staff for being an embodiment of Semel HCI’s core values.

Please see the awardees below!

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Former UCOP President

Janet Napolitano was awarded the Eudaimonia Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless efforts in implementing the Global Food Initiative, her commitment to the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the formation of the Healthy Campus Network, her success with enacting DACA UC-wide, and her work surrounding Title IX.

Michael Beck

Michael Beck

Administrative Vice Chancellor

Michael Beck was awarded the jane b semel Appreciation Award for his work that has resulted in sweeping changes on campus that have significantly impacted the health and well-being of the entire UCLA campus community. These actions include removing sugar sweetened beverages from campus vending machines; installing water bottle re-filling stations with the goal to have one in each UCLA building; his healthy example of biking the talk every day to work; and his tireless, calming leadership guiding us through the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Jenny Jay is pictured during a talk show

Jennifer Jay

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jennifer Jay was awarded the jane b semel Appreciation Award for her dedication and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the UCLA community and the leadership she has demonstrated in her dedication and support of the Semel HCI through her innovative teaching around food systems, her nurturing mentorship of students and support of their research, and her impactful climate health research including tools such as her innovative and thought-provoking carbon footprint calculator.

Meagan Wang

Meagan Wang

Graduate Student Researcher, Semel HCI

Meagan Wang was awarded the jane b semel Appreciation Award for her work and research related to the Healthy Beverage Initiative supporting the removal of sugar sweetened beverages from campus vending machines with increased availability of water re-filling stations throughout campus and for her development and implementation of the Semel HCI “6 Feet Apart” podcast series.

Jeremy Barrett

Jeremy Barrett

Alumni, Previous Semel HCI Staff

Jeremy Barrett was awarded the jane b semel Appreciation Award for his dedication and commitment to bringing music to UCLA through the Piano Project and sharing his passion to raise awareness about the positive impact of music on well-being.

Ana Laura holding veggies

Ana Laura Paiva

Undergraduate Student, Semel HCI

Ana Laura Paiva was awarded the jane b semel Appreciation Award for her dedication and commitment to improving the health and well-being of the UCLA community and the leadership she has demonstrated in her dedication and support of the jane b semel HCI Community Garden and sharing her passion to raise awareness about the positive impact of gardens on well-being.

A student presents their research

Every year, Semel HCI holds a funding program to fund undergraduate and graduate student groups projects as they relate to health and well-being. This year, Semel HCI was able to fund 26 different organizations on campus. These student groups attended workshops throughout the year that taught lessons on filling out grant applications, creating evaluation surveys, and preparing posters that summarize their project.