Assuring healthy, safe, and sustainable physical environments that promote walking and bicycling, physical activity, and clean air for all of UCLA.
Pods are thematic workgroups through which Semel HCI promotes the “healthy choice as the easy choice”. There are seven pods:
In order to meaningfully impact health, Semel HCI recognizes the importance of joining forces with campus stakeholders to bring talents and rich resources to one table, in other words: “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” To operationalize this goal, senior UCLA operators co-lead the pods with content area faculty, and these pod leaders are supported by a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR). Not only does this leadership structure help accelerate the translation of research to practice on UCLA’s campus and beyond, but it also expands the breadth and reach of Semel HCI’s impact. Pod leaders utilize an asset mapping and mobilization approach and follow a collective impact model by convening a group of key stakeholders from different sectors committed to a common agenda to address broad, complex social challenges. In the case of Semel HCI, the common agenda is to create a culture of well-being and health by “making the healthy choice the easy choice”. All UCLA community members (student, staff, faculty and LA community) are welcome to attend the monthly pod meetings, where team-building and trust ignite creative discussions, promote resource-sharing, and initiate program implementation. Pod membership is centered on a philosophy of inclusion, not exclusion. Click on the links in the list above to learn more about each individual pod.