Black@Anderson

Members of the UCLA Anderson Black Business Students Association celebrated completion of their capstone projects: “Congrats to Wakand-erson’s Class of 2018!”


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

 

Have You Heard?

 

One of the most powerful things about history is that its voice can be heard in each moment of our present. At UCLA Anderson, we seek to amplify this voice, helping each living generation to better hear, remember and reap the benefits of history’s messages. Read on for our students’ latest shout-outs to the black heroes and sheroes that have powerfully influenced their lives.

Lauren Wong (’21)
Entertainment

Tessa Mae Thompson
I'm shouting out Tessa Mae Thompson because of her advocacy and representation as a black queer woman. From her scene stealing character of Valkyrie from Thor Ragnarok, to starring...

Tessa Mae Thompson

I'm shouting out Tessa Mae Thompson because of her advocacy and representation as a black queer woman. From her scene stealing character of Valkyrie from Thor Ragnarok, to starring in Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, Tessa Mae Thompson is badass anytime she's on the screen. She openly talks about her queerness and advocates for women representation in the entertainment industry. At Sundance this year she announced the 4% challenge which works with the "Time's Up" on challenging Hollywood to hire more female directors as currently only 4% of directors are female. Shout out to Tessa Mae Thompson for using her fame for advocacy and living proudly as a queer black woman

By Lauren Wong (’21)

Debra Chang (’19)
Human capital management

Victoria Sosina
My freshman roommate, Victoria Sosina, is my black (s)hero. She is a first-gen college student and was the first person from her high school to get into Harvard. We ended up studying sociology...

Victoria Sosina

My freshman roommate, Victoria Sosina, is my black (s)hero. She is a first-gen college student and was the first person from her high school to get into Harvard. We ended up studying sociology together, and I always appreciate her perspective in our conversations about educational and racial inequality. She inspired me to work at a charter school in Brooklyn the next year. Since graduating from Harvard, she went to the Dominican Republic on a Fulbright Fellowship, taught through Teach for America for two years and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology of education at Stanford. We were bridesmaids in each other's weddings, and I am so thankful for her friendship and positive impact on my life!

By Debra Chang (’19)

Ezra Glenn (’20)
Class of 2020

bell hooks
My hero is bell hooks. Through her work, I came to understand black feminism and intersectionality on theoretical, personal and political levels. Her writing has shaped....

bell hooks

My hero is bell hooks. Through her work, I came to understand black feminism and intersectionality on theoretical, personal and political levels. Her writing has shaped my worldview and inspires me to take action against oppression and in support of marginalized people every day.

By Ezra Glenn (’20)

Adi Rajapuram (’19)
Consulting/tech

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Is a powerful Nigerian female writer who advocates for girls and women all over the world. Most recognized for her inspiring TEDx talk "We should...

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a powerful Nigerian female writer who advocates for girls and women all over the world. Most recognized for her inspiring TEDx talk "We should all be feminists," Adichie has become a symbol of the feminist movement. Adichie's words have even been sampled in Beyonce's iconic female anthem "Flawless." She defines feminist as "a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes."

By Adi Rajapuram (’19)

Charles F. Fields (’19)
Consulting

Robert and Shelia Johnson
The Johnsons are the co-founders of Black Entertainment Television, the preeminent entertainment brand serving African Americans and consumers of black...

Robert and Shelia Johnson

The Johnsons are the co-founders of Black Entertainment Television, the preeminent entertainment brand serving African Americans and consumers of black culture. In 1999, they sold their company to Viacom for $3 billion, making them America’s first black billionaires.

By Charles F. Fields (’19)

Jason Cheung (’19)
Class of 2019

Bryan Stevenson
My black hero is Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and modern-day civil rights activist. I've always had difficulty connecting...

Bryan Stevenson

My black hero is Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and modern-day civil rights activist. I've always had difficulty connecting the heroes of the past to my modern-day realities, but Bryan Stevenson showed me what modern-day heroism and leadership look like. It means proximity. It means not judging people by the worst day of their lives. And it means doing what is immensely difficult, because it's simply the right thing to do.

By Jason Cheung (’19)

Wambui Waiganjo (’20)
EMBA 2020

Zara Neale Hurston
Zara Neale Hurston wrote the paragraphs that are unreachable by the clever writer, because she wrote from the alchemy of vision that makes a master writer!...

Zara Neale Hurston

Zara Neale Hurston wrote the paragraphs that are unreachable by the clever writer, because she wrote from the alchemy of vision that makes a master writer!

By Wambui Waiganjo (’20)

Jon Bogard
Ph.D. student

Ruby Bridges
Ruby Bridges was the first to integrate an all-white school in Louisiana and has been a lifelong civil rights advocate....

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was the first to integrate an all-white school in Louisiana and has been a lifelong civil rights advocate.

By Jon Bogard

David Sequeira
FEMBA 2019

Coach Ben Parks
He was a legendary and inspirational figure. He was my high school coach for wrestling but more than that was a powerful role model...

Coach Ben Parks

was a legendary and inspirational figure. He was my high school coach for wrestling but more than that was a powerful role model. His inspiration and coaching went far beyond wrestling, focused on life and the importance of helping others. Specifically for me, he taught me the discipline I needed to succeed in life. There have been times in my life I have thought of quitting something, that I couldn't do it and I remember his voice and mantra of "never give up". Below are some news articles that go more into his background. Thank you for your time.

By David Sequeira

 

Community Stories

 

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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Facebook Develops Tech Solutions to Meet Client Challenges

Gene Alston (J.D./MBA ’97) and his team help businesses grow by building new communities and attracting new customers.

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ECHO: Engaged, Courageous, Humble, Open

Creating a climate for greater equity, diversity and inclusion at UCLA Anderson

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Nearly Every Aspect of My Life Is Different for the Better

With graduation just around the corner, Jennifer Obiyo (’19) revisits her 2017 Poets & Quants interview, reflecting on how she's changed and what she anticipates the future to bring

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Checking the Pulse of the Entertainment Industry

The annual conference, presented by the Center for MEMES, featured L.A. Sparks' Danita Johnson, and Jeffrey Katzenberg received the Game Changer Award

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"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.”

 

5 Questions

 
  • Segun Aluko ('19)

    Business Affairs Executive, William Morris Endeavor

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    Connie Knight (’98)

    Head of Multicultural Content Partnerships, YouTube

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    Gene Alston (MBA/J.D. ’97)

    VP of Marketing Partnerships, Facebook

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    Tazia Middleton ('18)

    Certified Financial Planner

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  • Landon Medlock ('18)

    Senior Product Manager

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    Ghermayn Baker ('18)

    Product Marketer and Online Content Strategist

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    Jason Cole ('19)

    Financial and Accounting Analyst

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Community Leadership

 
  • Heather M. Caruso

    Creating a climate for greater equity, diversity and inclusion at UCLA Anderson

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    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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    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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    Alex Lawrence ('99)

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

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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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Riordan podcast episodes

Episode 27

Christian Duncan
Riordan Scholars Alum Class of 2007

Topic: Graduation Day

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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.

How can modern cattle farming and preservation of wild elephant habitat coexist?

In Botswana, UCLA Anderson field study team recommends technology solution to tackle market access for cattle farmers

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.

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

 
  • Angel Blue

    Her dramatic skills amplify her voice
     

    Arthur Ashe
    UCLA 1966

    Hi service went far beyond the court

    Ava Duvernay
    UCLA 1990-1995

    She didn't just shine a light on history. She made it

    Tom Bradley, UCLA 1937-1940

    His leadership brought a divided city together

  • 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
     

 

Anderson Associations

 

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.

 

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