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One of the hallmarks of scholarship is accepting and embracing the notion that the more knowledge and experience one acquires, the more there is to learn and understand. As dean, I’m especially grateful for Anderson’s Black community — students, alumni, faculty, staff and donors — for their guidance, for contributing to our ongoing conversations regarding equity, diversity and inclusion, and for their leadership as we channel conversation into actions. Of equal importance is how, amid tumultuous national and global events, the community inspired and welcomed allies in the essential work of achieving social justice. Progress comes only when we all work together as partners.

— Tony Bernardo,
Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management

When choosing a business school, I wanted a program that would help me build my strengths while diminishing my limitations. What I didn’t expect to find was a community so devoted to change, collaboration and liberation that it would be a catalyst to my growth. Being Black at UCLA Anderson means to embrace experiences that make us unique while acknowledging the values that make us whole. Black people are multifaceted, yet we’re often told that we must fit into a box. At Anderson there isn’t a box, it’s a community in which you have the freedom to propel your voice and craft your own journey.

— Ashley Johnson (’22),
Co-President, UCLA Anderson Black Business Students Association
Listen and Learn
Sienna Jackson video
Diversity means being open to everything that humanity has to offer.
Sienna Jackson (’23)

I chose to enroll at UCLA Anderson specifically because of its Black community. When I visited, a member of the Black Business Students Association made it a point to seek me out and invite me to a BBSA event, and that was the turning point. Spending time with Black MBAs, I found I could relax and be my authentic self. I realized after my first year at Anderson I understood how true to our values we are. After spending time with MBAs from other schools during my internship, it was clear that while many schools talk about “collaboration” they don’t necessarily stand behind that. Whereas when someone from Anderson says we “share success” — they mean it.

— Kelsey Paul Emory (’22),
Co-President, UCLA Anderson Black Business Students Association

UCLA Bunche Center Resources

Black Policy Project

The Black Policy Project is a multifaceted, policy-oriented research initiative housed within the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

Institute of American Cultures Predoctoral Fellowships and Grants

IAC fellowships are awarded to current UCLA graduate students and predoctoral candidates with demonstrated interest in ethnic studies to aid in the completion of a thesis or dissertation.

The College Access Project for African Americans

CAPAA is a research project of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

Why UCLA Anderson FEMBA Is Right for Us


Many Black FEMBA students choose UCLA Anderson for its supportive community, where they enjoy the same close camaraderie as their full-time classmates. With unfiltered honesty, they share why the program is right for them as working professionals who come from a range of backgrounds and experiences.

The Voice of FEMBA series aims to provide a glimpse into the Anderson community by hearing from the people who are shaping it. All speakers in this series were faculty-nominated.

Pathway Guidance Program
UCLA Anderson believes strongly that business schools and the wider business world must become more diverse. To that end, we have created the Pathway Guidance Program, a pipeline development program aimed at supporting future business leaders from diverse backgrounds. We believe that Anderson is well-positioned to lead in this effort and that there is boundless value created when we bring people together across identities, experiences, worldviews and values. The goal of this pilot program:  To make progress toward a truly inclusive and equitable business landscape by building a more diverse pool of business school applicants, providing greater opportunity and genuinely sharing success.

Our Community Embraces Diversity
UCLA Anderson’s annual Embracing Diversity Week celebrates the strength of our diverse campus community and the power of our connections to reshape our future.
Spotlight: UC President Michael V. Drake
Michael V. Drake became the 21st president of the University of California, presiding over its 10 campuses five medical centers and three nationally affiliated labs, with stewardship of more than 280,000 students and 230,000 faculty and staff. The first Black president in UC’s 152-year history, Drake works in service to Californians from all levels of society, who benefit from the university’s research and opportunity, and, in his words, “whose lives are elevated when we get this right.”
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Anderson Associations
Professional and identity clubs at UCLA Anderson represent our diverse
campus and initiatives.

Easterseals CEO Champions Disability Equity

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The Value of Authenticity in Global Business with Aaron Walton

The Value of Authenticity in Global Business with Aaron Walton

Change for Good
UCLA Anderson faculty, staff and alumni collaborate on research and industry initiatives that address and help to resolve inequities in the workplace and the wider world.
Guest Speakers
In Their Words

What lessons have you learned from being a person of color in the business world today?

Be yourself unapologetically; people respect authenticity. Someone before you created an opportunity for you; therefore, you are indebted to help provide a ladder that creates an opportunity for another.
— Jason Cole ('19)

What is the most important skill we should be teaching our students today?
“Empathy. It becomes much easier to make purpose-driven decisions when you empathize with the people supporting and driving your business. As a Black male, I know what it feels like to be marginalized. As a result, I recognize situations were groups are not given a voice, and I am intentional about making sure they are heard. When you get in someone’s corner, you earn an ally. And it was all possible because you were empathetic.”

— Landon Medlock ('18)

Landon Medlock ('18)

Senior Product Manager

Career-wise, where would you like to be in five years?
My answer now is probably completely different than when I came to Anderson. Now my answer is, to be a successful entrepreneur. In an ideal world, I would have had some success in entrepreneurship in the past and I think that I would like to use that as a platform to really focus professionally on companies that are in social impact and the education space.

— Jason Cole ('19)