Formerly known as the Campus Liason, this position evolved into the External Representative after 2007 as ongoing DREAM Act campaigns gained increasing visibility and the organization solidified coalition-building with a growing number of on and off campus entities. Some of the first on campus alliances formed were with the RAZA Coalition on campus. In 2007, IDEAS formally joined the Asian Pacific Coalition–the body that represents dozens of Asian organizations at UCLA.
Off campus, IDEAS at UCLA became a part of the California Dream Network in 2006, and helped found Dream Team Los Angeles in 2007 and again in 2009. As part of the University of California system, IDEAS at UCLA has also worked with the University of California Student Association and the United States Student Association in pushing for legislation like the federal and state (CA) DREAM Acts. In 2010, IDEAS became part of the first youth-led national network of undocumented students, United We Dream.
We believe that by expanding our networks and working together with partners, we can help build a movement that works towards equality and justice for all.