UCLA Anderson recognizes that a thriving diverse community provides the optimal climate for business education. Affirming values shared across the UCLA campus, we build this climate by offering equitable experiences to students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds. We succeed when all Anderson community members are equally able to fulfill their potential as participants in the school.
EDI and the Strategic Planning Initiative
One of UCLA Anderson’s six strategic priorities is to become more diverse and inclusive across Anderson’s faculty, staff, students and ideas. Currently, our community-wide Strategic Planning Committee is developing a 3–5 year plan that will advance this goal through specific and prioritized activities. This effort is designed to ensure that EDI is structurally supported throughout the school. With senior leadership energizing the all-Anderson effort, we see our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to achieving Anderson’s mission.
The words equity, diversity and inclusion often mean different things to different people, depending on context and audience. At Anderson, when we refer to equity, diversity and inclusion, we are not simply referring to principles, but describing specific commitments to how we interact with each other in our community:
Community members receive appropriate support to ensure equal access to all privileges of school membership, assured of procedural fairness across protected identity groups. We account for historical inequities.
Community members expose one another to the fullest possible variety of human identities, experiences, values, and worldviews. We bring our whole selves to campus.
Beyond mere tolerance, community members afford one another a sense of respect, belonging, and appreciation. We avoid marginalization.
A Community of Leaders
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Katie Schiff • Ava Mlinac • Vivek Mahadevan • Ben Vittori • Courtney Cheng • Camilo Cuellar • Cynthia Phung • Rachel Lam • Jesse Meza • Janet Lee • Jane Choi • Cody Kuhne • Vedanth Shetty • Yechan Kim • Hunter Trice • Kelsey Paul Emory • Ashley Johnson • Jodi Christensen • Luigi Ramelah • Miranda Fang • Katie Quilligan • Darren Douglas • Kimberly Dinehart • Raphael Sultan • Nicole Nadig • Karina Altamirano • Molly Arenson • Chai Lam • Dheeraj Jalluri • Rebecca Phuong • Suyesh Acharya • Heidi Wu • Brandon Priest • Brandon Knechtle • Kateryna Lazoeryshynets • Jongmin Kim • Enrique Bravo • Luana Helsinger • Jessica Rodriguez • Emma Kessler • Annie Tung • Taylor Smith • Omar Ghannoum • Nicole Rabiu • Sarah Elabd • Mo Khusro • Safia Mirabella • Daphna Weinstock • Lincoln Sedlacek • Akshay Tyagi • Ramneek Kaur • Tharun Boggala • Prity Kumari • Jaruda (Ploii) Suppakarnpanich • Sorrasek (Benz) Phiboonthammasak • Keini Wilson • Briana Morgan • Kelsey Anderson • Liz Bohinc • Mona Hampapur • Suzanne Brewster • Jordie Ho-Shue • Sarah Robertson • Jon Bogard • Tayler Bergstrom • Anatolie Chernyakhovsky • Deon Goggins • Avital Harari • Varun Sharma • Zoe Aerin • Mareena Hasseb • Acery (Shuang) Fu • Weida Liu • Kyle Choi • Lee Xiaolong • Kevin Bai • Camilo Cuellar • Carolanne Link • Sarah Anderson
Jessica Luchenta • Jeanette Reyes • Matt Gorlick • Viji Thulsiraj • Shannon Bell • Sydney Wharton • Frinee Berrios • Carol Wang • Riana Olson • Craig Jessen
Asian Management Student Association (AMSA)
Black Business Students Association (BBSA)
Christian Student Fellowship (CSF)
European Business Association (EBA)
Greater China Business Association (GCBA)
International Business Association (IBA)
Joint Ventures (JV)
Korean Business Student Association (KBSA)
Latin American Business Association (LABA)
South Asian Business Association (SABA)
Southeast Asian Business Association (SEABA)
Anderson Latino Management Association
Out After Anderson
A dialogue series that provides a platform for open, honest and meaningful conversation on social justice. During its inaugural year, the roughly monthly series is exploring the nature and impact of the Black experience in our global society.
UCLA Anderson’s Embracing Diversity Week (EDW) celebrates the strength of our diverse community and power of our connections to reshape our future.
Velocity 2021 is a celebration of the power and impact of women, bringing together current and future leaders of all backgrounds to explore ideas for a more equitable future in business and society.
UCLA Anderson Trailhead for Admission Guidance
The trailhead is a destination where a large new pool of people in underrepresented groups can be referred to UCLA Anderson for guidance on admission criteria. It expands recruitment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions by inviting hundreds of new contacts to steer underrepresented students to UCLA Anderson for early access to admission guidance.
Support for the Riordan Programs
UCLA Anderson’s Riordan Programs help underrepresented group members in high school, college and early phases of their professional lives learn about and prepare for success in graduate management education and related careers. Short- and long-term programs include mentorship, application advising and exposure to a basic management curriculum.
Information, Advice and Financial Aid through Partner Organizations
Partnering with organizations dedicated to supporting greater diversity in management and leadership helps expand the pipeline for members of underrepresented groups seeking graduate education:
Outreach through Upkey Virtual Internship Program
UCLA Anderson faculty, alumni and MBA students teach and mentor students in the Upkey Virtual Internship Program, a “student incubator” focused on preparing young adults — a large majority of whom are underrepresented — to secure internships, jobs and graduate education, all promoting a discrimination-free business landscape.
Girls Who Invest
Center for MEMES Howard University Initiative
Admissions Ambassador Corps
New Speaker Databases and Event Planning Resources
Engaging faculty, centers and students with new speaker databases and event planning resources will broaden the diversity of speakers. Recent examples of new inclusive events addressing management, operations, technology and social impact include:
- The Easton Center’s 2020 Tech + Society Conference panel on Building an Anti-Biased System
- The Center for MEMES’ digital panel discussion AfroFuturism: Re-Imagining Inclusion and Equity in the Entertainment Industry
EDI Field Study Opportunities
- The Center for Global Management provides resources supporting the primary research of global capstone projects across MBA program each year (an average of 10 each year over a 10-year period) that focus on social enterprise and global community impact
- The UCLA Ziman Center’s Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility provides annual funding for one capstone field-study project focused on affordable housing
- Impact@Anderson sponsors field study for MBA consultants to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises whose missions serve vulnerable and marginalized populations
UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator Mentors
The Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson supports diversity through their participating founders, and partnering with venture capital funds and accelerators focused on diverse founders. The Accelerator works to elevate the Anderson footprint in the LA ecosystem supporting diversity through their numerous outreach efforts. An example of this from Accelerator leadership was their participation in a panel during the LA Business Journal Women's Week and their authorship of an advertorial for the LA Business Journal. Interestingly, the Accelerator team also created five podcasts focused on Anderson entrepreneurship featuring a diverse set of guest interviewees that are live on the website