2017 Diversity Conference organizers and volunteers


UCLA Anderson strives to diversify an already inclusive and welcoming community in which differences of background, experience and views are essential.


Community Stories


"Bumps in the road are inevitable," says Vicente Capital Partners co-founder Jay Ferguson ('94)

Nike Irvin ('89) knows that "doing good" is simply "doing business"

UCLA Anderson taught Jeffery Keys ('96) you can’t be a wallflower in B-school or business

Brandon Scott (MBA/M.D. ’18)
John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow

Scott began his education with the idea that he — and other physicians — could influence and improve patient care delivery. “My number one career interest is compassion in treating patients. I went to UCLA to become a doctor, and I believe in treating patients with the idea that they can become familiar with the idea of normalcy — not just healing.”

Now headed to Accenture in her sweet home Chicago, Colleen Thomas ('17) came to UCLA Anderson a former competitive figure skater

What drives Blair Taylor ('90) to bridge communities of social difference?

Jessica Kimball ('15) went from graduation to head of global diversity at Mattel in two short years


5 Questions


Landon Medlock ('18)

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Tazia Middleton ('18)

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Jason Cole ('19)

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Ghermayn Baker ('18)

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Community Leadership

  • Dean Al Osborne

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

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    Karen Williams ('93)

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

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    Jay Tucker

    Jay Tucker ('09)

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

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    Andrea Wade ('96)

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

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  • Monique Jones ('93)

    How the film industry reeled in Anderson alumna Monique Jones

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    Ron Chandler

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

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    Alex Lawrence ('99)

    Assistant dean of admissions and financial aid is taking on the sensitive topic of diversity recruitment

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    Gary Fraser

    Anderson's assistant dean of student affairs says every American can learn something new about Black history and the positive impact of African-Americans

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Riordan Programs


Providing a pathway for underrepresented students to excel in business and leadership

Tomorrow's leaders emerge from a transformational experience with Riordan mentors, educational workshops and community service. The Riordan Scholars Program, College to Career Program and MBA Fellows Program provide leadership and management training to diverse individuals all over the country.

Black Violin concert benefiting the Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson

Gala Concert, February 20, 2018

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Episode 27

Christian Duncan
Riordan Scholars Alum Class of 2007

Topic: Graduation Day

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Annual Event

Embracing Diversity Conference

This annual event for prospective students provides an opportunity to learn about what diversity means at Anderson and learn what makes our full-time MBA and fully employed MBA (FEMBA) programs top choices for students.

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Justin Dunnavant, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology
12pm – 1:30pm
Anderson Afternoons
Why Black Women's Lives and Histories Matter
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fireside Chat
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Images in Blackness with librecht baker, “vetiver”
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Field Study in African Countries


Whether evaluating new models for microfinance, improving foreign supply chain efficiency or evaluating growth and expansion strategies, UCLA Anderson's pro-social international field study projects make a real, immediate and often profound impact.

Social impact focus applied to after-school programs

Anderson’s Center for Global Management supports projects that require students to understand the complex history of South Africa and think critically about how to address its specific challenges.

A global immersion in social entrepreneurship and innovation

UCLA Anderson’s curriculum responds to shifting mindsets about how and why business is done globally, and emphasizes that corporate social responsibility and sustainability are not sector-specific.

Improving health outcomes for a community in need

Working with the Human Sciences Research Council, a diverse field study team collaborated in South Africa to develop a sustainable non-communicable disease screening model.


UCLA Optimists

  • Christine Simmons
    (B.S. ’98)

    She always keeps her eye on the ball

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (B.A. ’69)

    He's at the center of cultural change

    Darnell Hunt (M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’94)

    His insights flip the script on Hollywood stereotypes

    Tracy Johnson

    She shares the sense of discovery


  • Dawn Harper (B.A. ’06)

    Following another’s footsteps, she left some big shoes to fill.

    Ajwang Rading (B.A. ’14)

    The world is his campus

    Danusia Francis (B.A. ’16)

    She has the courage to become a perfect 10


Student Clubs


Professional and identity clubs at UCLA Anderson represent our diverse
campus and initiatives.


Other Resources


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Diversity at UCLA

Graduate education at UCLA couldn’t have reached the heights it has without a full commitment to welcoming and fostering the diverse population that today thrives on our campus.

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The Consortium

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

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Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

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


Learn How We Champion and Celebrate Diversity