An Inclusive Culture

Not only Do You Belong Here, You ECHO


At UCLA Anderson, we’re proud to have an equitable, diverse and inclusive community that offers the best climate for business education. We welcome students, staff and faculty from every background and recognize that inclusion cannot just be valued; it must be practiced. Our students do not merely learn alongside one another — we cultivate communication skills (like our ECHO approach) to help them learn from one another. The result is that Anderson graduates emerge with the agility and adaptability to connect across all backgrounds, preparing them for global leadership.

Engaged, we embrace conversation, rather than flee, dominate, or shut it down.

Courageous, we address — rather than avoid — difficult topics.

Humble, we check on whether we are understanding and communicating well.

Open, we offer authentic perspectives with care and candor.




It’s Not Just What You Say or How You Say It

Assistant dean of equity, diversity and inclusion Heather Caruso shows there is more to understanding each other

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Deadly Racism: What We Can Do to Make a Change

An open conversation to help us move forward from recent unjust events

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Hollywood Shells Out for Diversity, but It Costs Much More Than Money

Entertainment’s response to the social justice movement has been dramatic like a blockbuster

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What You Can Do

Thoughts from Assistant Dean Heather Caruso

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Record numbers of Americans recognize racism as a problem

What could the solution be like?

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Responding to Anger in Dialogue

A letter from Heather Caruso about how discussion among peers can help lead to understanding of diverse perspectives.

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Our work is possible through the generous support of alumni, students and friends who understand that equity, diversity and inclusion at Anderson is critical to maintaining our status as a top-tier business school.


Learn About the Organizations That Advance Our
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Mission


UCLA Anderson Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council


Affirming values shared across the UCLA campus, the EDI Student Advisory Council informs, implements, and enhances school efforts to build equity for all students.


Our Stories


Flipping the Switch

Evan Milnor ('17) knows from experience that veterans face a unique set of challenges transitioning to the civilian workforce

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Many Ways to Lead

U.S. Navy Veteran Alice Hong (’22) broadens her skills as a fully employed MBA and consultant

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Changing of the Guard

Juggling business school and weekends in the California Army National Guard, Rhian Rogan (’20) considers a career in academe

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A Partnership to Champion Diversity in Entertainment

UCLA Anderson’s Center for MEMES partners with Howard University to address a persistent challenge for the industry

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From the Blog

In Diversity, a Unified Force

With one childhood ambition accomplished, U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Diana Perez (’20) is on a mission to fulfill the next one

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Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Leadership


Heather M. Caruso, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Eleanor Garibay

Operations Manager


Gaelen LeMelle-Brown

Anderson Student Association VP of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Special Events

Embracing Diversity
Annual Event

Embracing Diversity Week

UCLA Anderson’s Embracing Diversity Week celebrates the power that every person from every background has to shape our future. From November 16–21, 2020 centers, programs and clubs from across UCLA Anderson will come together to put on Embracing Diversity Week, a celebration of the many ways in which we embrace our diversity and welcome more!

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Women in Business Leadership Conference
Annual Event

Velocity Women's Leadership Summit

The Velocity Women’s Leadership Summit seeks to deepen the dialogue about women in business, explore multiple definitions of success and provide skill-based training. This event is hosted by the Women’s Business Connection (WBC), in collaboration with the Women’s Global Connection (WGC) at UCLA Anderson.

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Anderson Resources

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Diversity in Graduate Education at UCLA

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UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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UCLA LGBT Resource Center

UCLA Anderson offers a range of fellowships geared to offset the cost of tuition so students can fully dedicate themselves to their studies.

Anne Tsui's Dare to Care Award

Anderson Latino Management Association Fellowship Fund

James Cole Memorial Fellowship

UCLA Anderson GLBA Alumni and Friends Fellowship

The Evelyn and David Hou Fellowship

Hannah and Thormund Miller Scholar

Peter Odebjer Memorial Fund Fellowship

Price Center Haskamp Fellowship

Stacey A. Salomon Memorial Fellowship

Stefanie L. Verkauf Memorial Fellowship

The Nonprofit Management Fellowship

Terri D. Bullock Fellowship

UCLA Anderson EDI Summer Task Force Fellowship

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 of 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 about the Consortium at

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

As a Harvard MBA student in the early 1990’s,  John Rice  began delving into the reasons why there were few other students there who looked like him. He developed a thesis for a nonprofit organization that would provide the training, coaching and networks that traditionally have been unavailable to minorities.  In 2002, after a successful career at Disney and the National Basketball Association, John left the private sector to found the organization he first envisioned in business school: Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). For more information, click here.

Forté Foundation

Through Forté, women can explore the endless career options available through business—from healthcare to hospitality—and learn universally valuable skills to accelerate their careers and thrive as leaders.

Tools and programs are tailored for women at every stage:

  • For college women: Business conferences, a year-round career program and more.
  • For women who want to attend business school: Application/GMAT preparation and more.
  • For MBA women: Fellowships, leadership conferences, and more.
  • For professional women: Networking, leadership training, and more.

For more information, click here

Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)

Reaching Out has grown to include a range of programming that educates, inspires, and connects an increasingly diverse LGBT+ MBA community. For more information, click here.

  • 15+ National and regional events annually
  • 1,800+ Attendees at ROMBA 2019
  • 250+ Reaching Out Fellows from 60 business schools
  • 1,700+ Students and alumni on Reaching Out Connect
  • 100+ Corporate Partners

Small Grants for UCLA Anderson Identity Clubs


If you are a UCLA Anderson identity club and are interested in requesting a small grant, please contact Eleanor Garibay at for more information on how to apply.