Members of the UCLA Anderson Black Business Students Association celebrated completion of their capstone projects: “Congrats to Wakand-erson’s Class of 2018!”
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Ruby Bridges was the first to integrate an all-white school in Louisiana and has been a lifelong civil rights advocate.
By Jon Bogard
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
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.