Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza is serving on the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education and the UCLA Alumni Association Board. He is a lecturer in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He is a US Navy Iraq War Veteran, UC Regent Emeritus, 2010 Education Pioneers Fellow, and a 2013 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Fellow. His numerous published academic journals, paired with his credentials, further illustrate his desire to advance educational outcomes for all students.
Dr. Scorza recognized that a good education has the power to transform histories and shape futures, including his own, and he wanted to empower his community by extending the same opportunities to them. While at UCLA, Dr. Scorza helped pass policies that established veterans’ services centers and prioritized $160 million for student services across UC campuses. He also improved sustainability in Inglewood schools, having served as Chair of the Measure GG campaign, where he helped to secure $90 million to support school construction efforts.
Formalized in 2008, the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) progressed out of the initial vision and success of the Black Male Youth Academy (BMYA). SJLI is now prospering, with programs developed by and for the greater community, addressing plenty of health and education equity concerns.
Dr. Scorza formed the Urban Scholars program to provide students with opportunities for academic support, personal growth, college guidance, and jobs. Urban Scholars is available in seven schools, including Inglewood. Students who completed the program graduated from high school at a substantial rate (95%) and were successfully accepted into college (85%). The program offers academic development support, research training, skill-building in community organizing and policy advocacy, community building and healing, identity development, and the development of critical consciousness. The Urban Scholars program now comprises graduates who have pursued their education at 32 campuses throughout the nation.
Dr. Scorza grew up in Inglewood, CA, attending local public schools, and graduated from Morningside High School. He attended college at National University and earned his Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. Today, he lives in Inglewood with a loving family of his own.
Some major media appearances by Dr. Scorza include Inglewood Today Newspaper, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Wave, Huffington Post, and Changemakers LA Podcast.