At UCLA Anderson, our people are our most valuable assets, in large part because of the boundless and ever-changing diversity of human experiences we make available to one another. This diversity is simply unparalleled as a source of information and inspiration, and we are committed to creating a climate that presents those benefits to every member of our community.

ENGAGED

We are engaged with one another, even when we do not agree.

COURAGEOUS

We are courageous in learning about views that sit outside of our comfort zones.

HUMBLE

We are humble in acknowledging the vast complexity of our diverse identities.

OPEN

We are open in expressing our authentic selves to one another.

 

We won’t pretend this will be easy.

 

While the potential benefits of diversity are undeniable—and supported by research that includes the scholarship of our own faculty—we must not downplay its inevitable challenges. Indeed, its challenges are what bring about so many of its benefits! As we seek to spark innovation, revise outmoded procedures and engage new audiences, we know that we will have to confront gaps and inaccuracies in the status quo, and even in the views we individually express to one another. This may be tough to take, but it will be worth the effort.

 

We proudly strengthen ourselves through
both challenge and affirmation.

 

Like a good physical workout, difficult conversations represent opportunities to build strength. We proudly embrace them as tools with which we can develop robust understanding of one another, and of the organizational demands we face together. With all the humility and openness this naturally requires, we look forward to discovering not only the differences between us, but also the inevitably rich histories and contexts in which our differences have come to be.

Alongside this, we recognize that affirmation is also a valuable tool for developing understanding. Not only is it vital in preventing us from living under constant or excessive stress, exploring shared views can help us to better pinpoint and articulate otherwise neglected features of our experience. This is why, whether informally or through our thriving identity clubs, we support all Anderson communities in celebrating their shared values, appreciating their shared histories, honoring their cherished traditions and embracing their shared identities with dignity.

 

Engaged, Courageous, Humble and Open:
ECHO in the Anderson Community

 



ECHO behaviors align well with our core values, but they arise less from merely knowing what the values are than from knowing how we can make them felt in our everyday interactions. Going forward, we offer four suggestions — a call to be Engaged, Courageous, Humble, and Open — that can guide the Anderson community toward the inclusive climate we all deserve.

Be engaged with one another, even when we do not agree.

  • Ex. J. is no shrinking violet. From her first moments in the Anderson community, one could find her engaging with people from all walks of life. Curious, sincere, welcoming, and straightforward, J. commits herself equally to the rigor of classroom debates and to the compassionate support for others in the community.

Be courageous in learning about views that sit outside of our comfort zones. When our daily experiences are too routine and too risk-averse, we may fail to even discover our opportunities to learn. To minimize any such barriers to our success, we seek value through challenge.

  • Ex. When C. proposed a policy change to senior administrators in Graduate Division Academic Services who were not initially receptive to her request, she reflected on the feedback they provided, connected with supportive staff at Anderson to draw strength and revise strategy, then successfully submitted an appeal that resulted in greater academic success for both herself and fellow students.

Be humble in acknowledging the vast complexity of our diverse identities. We each have much more to learn from one another than we can absorb in the time we have together. With patience, inquiry, and attentiveness, we expect to build understanding over time.

  • Ex. Every day, J. shows how humility can be a source of strength and likeability for every compelling leader. Open, inquisitive, and attentive, J. acknowledges natural human biases and the inevitable difficulty of accurately understanding others’ identities in full. Leading with this humility, he learns from others as much as he teaches, creating relationships that inspire and strengthen the entire community.

Be open in expressing our authentic selves to one another. People can only address our authentic preferences, values, and beliefs when are willing and able to communicate them.

  • Ex. When a terrorist attack began in her home country of Kenya, W. openly shared with her classmates not only news of the attack, but also her personal state of mind and reactions to the unfolding events. Authentically and directly, sharing in this way not only offered her classmates greater awareness of W.’s values and priorities, but also an opportunity to consider and share their own reactions, as well as a way to reach out and offer support.

As each of us ECHO one another across campus, we not only build community, we build vital skills for leadership in the increasingly diverse world of work. We will support this skill development at the school in multiple ways, including thoughtful coursework, co-curricular workshops, and student club activities (e.g., Awareness Week).

 

Join us.

 



Inclusion at UCLA Anderson is not just a value, it is a practice of being Engaged, Courageous, Humble, and Open with one another. Over time, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will be drawing attention to many ways the members of our community can—and have already started to—ECHO one another each day, enabling us all to become both more intentional and more skillful in strengthening our inclusive climate going forward.