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UCLA Optimists

 
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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. visited the UCLA campus to address students and faculty on April 4, 1965, just months before the Voting Rights Act was signed
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Muhammad Ali addresses UCLA

The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1968 was imminent when former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali appeared in UCLA’s Associated Student Speakers program on January 17, 1968.

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Angela Davis, Professor of Philosophy
To her, emancipation was just the beginning.
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Ava Duvernay, UCLA 1990-1995
She didn’t just shine a light on history. She made it.
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Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Class of 1985
No matter the obstacle, she found a way forward.
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American political scientist and diplomat Ralph J. Bunche became the first person of color to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. From humble beginnings and the loss of his parents before he was 13, Bunche rose to become a brilliant student and debater.

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Arthur Ashe (B.A. '66) was a dominant figure on and off the court. At UCLA, Ashe became the first African-American selected to the United States Davis Cup team, won an NCAA singles title and helped UCLA win the NCAA team title.

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Community Leadership

 
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Center for MEMES’ executive director Jay Tucker is a relentless problem solver and unrepentant optimist

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Karen Williams ('93) is steering UCLA Anderson's 5As to expanded reach and goals

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Andrea Wade ('96) walks her talk as she helps alumni tap into the lifelong value of their MBA

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Dean Al Osborne told Poets & Quants how Anderson leverages UCLA's "cluster of brain power" to be an entrepreneurial epicenter

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How the film industry reeled in Anderson alumna Monique Jones ('93)

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Meet Anderson’s new Chief Information Officer, Ron Chandler, techie and diversity advocate

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KIM FREEMAN (’02)

Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations

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ALEX LAWRENCE (’99)

Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid

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GARY FRASER

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

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Community Stories

 

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Malika Anderson ('04) is making a difference in Tennessee K-12 as superintendent of Achievement School DistrictRead More

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Joby Branion ('95) grooms athletes at their career apex — and for the transition to the rest of their lives

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Management Development for Entrepreneurs grad Tara Lynn Gray (’07) is in the C-suite at YADARI Enterprises as well as the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce

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Nike Irvin ('89) was named 2016 Philanthropist of the Year by LABJ and one of Diversity Journal's Women Worth Watching

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Award-winning director Ava DuVernay plans to keep up a tradition of resistance in an unpredictable presidential era

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Meet innovator Diamon Lockett (FEMBA '18)

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Navy veteran turned entrepreneur Rachel Dailey wraps the complete package

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John Wooden Global Leadership fellow Datra Oliver (FEMBA '18) has covered some ground since growing up in the Bahamas

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Diversity Journal named AT&T’s VP of security and advanced applications Norberta Noguera (FEMBA ’01) a Woman Worth Watching

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Battle-tested Air Force veteran Zee Hanson champions neurodiversity

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Colleen Thomas (’17), ASA VP of diversity and community, moderated a student panel that took a deep dive into the black social media lexicon

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Named to Ebony magazine’s Power 100, Janet Uthman (’92) is championing inclusion in a new role at Comcast and in her community

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Matt Joseph

Black entrepreneur: Matt Joseph (’14) comments on race

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Ursula Burns Interview by Maggie Wilderotter at John Wooden Global Leadership Awards

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Brian Wasige ('17), founder of Anderson's impact investing group, led one of two Anderson teams to the prestigious Hult Prize competition, tackling the problem of energy access

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Our Stories: Kunle Ogunrinde FEMBA ('16)

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2015 MBA to Watch: Jessica Cortez Kimball

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Valued Connections: A conversation between Jason Potts ('15) and Nike Irvin ('89), vice president of programs at California Community Foundation

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Hank Wilfong ('60) is the Jackie Robinson of CPAs

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Naomi Reynolds FEMBA (’17) finds strength in her diversity

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Ted Women Momentum Defined: Erika Green Swafford ('99)

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Meet Ron Herndon, the most active activist you’ll ever know

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Linsee Redmond (’16) on being the minority of the minority: black, gay and female in business

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Introduction: Chigozie Muoto, Class of 2017

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How Brian Wasige’s (’17) Kenyan origins inspired him to make an impact

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Jessica Kimball, MBA '15

Jessica Kimball ('15) entered UCLA Anderson to take her college consulting business to a new level — and has grown in other ways, too. Watch Video

Mike Miller, MBA '15

Mike Miller ('15) combines his passion for real estate with creating affordable housing opportunities in his community. Watch Video

Malik Ducard

Malik Ducard (‘00) is an entertainment executive using his studio experience at Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM to build impressions and viewership on YouTube’s billion-user platform. Learn More

Mike Miller, MBA '15

Blair Taylor ('90), named CEO of My Brother's Keeper Alliance, is a global leader recognized for innovative and creative approaches to community transformation.Learn More

Jessica Kimball, MBA '15

Kim Freeman (‘02) joins UCLA Anderson as assistant dean for diversity initiatives and community relations. Learn More

Mike Miller, MBA '15

Erika Green Swafford ('99) is a television writer, editor and producer who won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.learn more

Lonnie Ali ('86)

When it comes to giving back, you can’t touch Lonnie Ali ('86)

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Guest Speakers

 
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Norberta Noguera ('01), VP of Security and Advanced Applications for AT&T, embraces every part of who she is, in this Connections interview

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As AT&T's SVP of HR and Chief Diversity Officer, Cynt Marshall has inspired countless people to achieve greatness -- but the strength to do so came from...

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Before a packed house, AT&T's SVP of HR and chief diversity officer gave her enthusiastic two "Cynts'" worth

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Veteran corporate executive and B. Hill Enterprises founder Dr. Bonnie Hill spoke with Dean Al Osborne about board leadership at a directors’ networking event

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Global Philanthropy Group CEO Maggie Nielson sat down to High Impact Tea with Bhagwan Chowdhry and Brian Wasige ('17)

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Avowed vegan music mogul Russell Simmons led Maria Shriver and a roomful of MBAs in mindful meditation

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5 Questions

 
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In The News

 
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Global Social Impact

 
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How Red Bull and a "gangster museum" schooled Bradley McGough's (FEMBA '18) in social entrepreneurship

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South African social enterprises inspired Robert Young (FEMBA '17) to rethink nonprofit

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Shawn Hakim (’14) teamed with major foundations to light up entire villages across the Dominican Republic with solar lanterns

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An Anderson field study team developed strategy for the Zambian government to export commodities to the U.S. duty-free

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What draws Anderson students, faculty and alumni to work in Africa?

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Programs

Riordan Programs

Made up of as many as 40 percent African-American students, each class of Riordan Scholars and MBA Fellows is characterized by diversityLearn More Riordan Scholars Riordan College to Career Riordan MBA Fellows Mentor Program

Inclusion & Equity

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is committed to increasing the representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in American business schools and corporate management.

The Consortium awards merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to top MBA candidates who have a proven record for promoting inclusion in school, in their jobs or in their personal lives.

A member since 2010, UCLA Anderson is a proud supporter of this mission.

Find out more here: http://cgsm.org/

EBV trains veterans for a new kind of challenge.

Anderson's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans provides business training to returning military — nearly a third of them African-American

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