MISSION  We, the Community, Safety & Diversity Working Group, are UHills residents who have come together to promote a safe, just, and friendly neighborhood by creating opportunities for residents to interact with each other and law enforcement to build community.

ABOUT US The Community Safety and Diversity Working Group formed in response to an event on September 1, 2015, when five UC Irvine police officers, all with guns drawn, extracted a 20 year-old black male UHills resident from his home at gunpoint. He was committing no crime – just hanging out with two friends. Many in the community wondered why it happened and how it might be prevented from happening again. We learned that, while many of our neighbors feel safe and welcome in UHills, many do not.  Our goal is to promote an environment of inclusiveness for everyone in UHills and improve community/police relations.

SHARING STORIES The incident that occurred in September 2015 is not an isolated story. There are many similar stories that have occurred and continue to occur. We understand it can be difficult to talk about, but we are willing to give our support and our listening ear as we strive to help build our community towards a more inclusive environment for all. Please contact Lilli LaBuen if you would like to share your story at CSDWG@uhills.org.

USHERS The CSDWG is led by a steering committee called “ushers” and are comprised of residents in University Hills. Ushers are asked to serve at least a one-year commitment and attend meetings. Together they find creative ways to “usher” the group’s mission to fruition, working with CSDWG Coordinator, Lilli LaBuen.

2019-2020 CSDWG USHERS

Alana LeBron

Andrea Canfield

Martha Feldman

Michael Logue

Michele Musacchio


JOIN US  Join us every 3rd Sunday in the Social Lounge/Media Room at the Uhills Community Center, 6-7:30 p.m.

CSDWG LISTSERV Receive updates on community/police relations and notifications of upcoming events! Sign up here.

VOLUNTEER We can always use helping hands! Sign up today.



Everyone is welcome in University Hills. Support building inclusiveness in our diverse neighborhood!

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The 2019 Uhills Photo Contest Winners!

University Hills recently held its first annual photography contest and the results are in! This inaugural year’s theme was “Community and Diversity”. 

We received a total of 16 submissions (2 child, 14 adult). Judging was based on overall impact, uniqueness of concept, and originality. The theme was specifically set to help community members start thinking about what the topic truly means on a personal level. 

The topic of community seemed easy enough, but to address diversity was a bit more challenging. We learned for some, the term ‘diversity’ applies to one’s race, religion, culture, etc. We also learned that many see diversity in more general terms, including distinctive experiences, ideas, and identities. As a result, we received beautiful photos with an amazing understanding of different perspectives! 

And the winners are…


Children Division: Sienna Gillen 

“Community & Diversity is like baseball. Different people, opposite teams, and in the end, everyone just wants to go home.” by Sienna Gillen

Each winner has received a $50 Amazon Gift Card and will have their photos framed and displayed at the University Hill Community Center. 

Honorable mentions: 

Anna Kakaliouras

Amy DePaula 

Van Hoang

Ziva Bodenschatz 

Thank you to all who participated and shared their beautiful, insightful, and inspiring photos! We look forward to next year’s theme! Maybe you will be the next Uhills Photo Contest Winner! Sponsored by the Community Safety and Diversity Working Group (CSD) and the Uhills HRB Entertainment Committee.