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At Anderson, our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is community-wide. With our Office of EDI serving as a catalyst and guide, each of us at Anderson owns this goal—and we will share in its success—together.

After the tragic events of last year, we have pursued a wide range of EDI initiatives with a renewed sense of purpose and urgency. Significant systemic change is underway. EDI is a key focus of the comprehensive new Strategic Plan now being developed for the school. More immediate changes have been prioritized as well, with students, faculty, staff and alumni taking new and creative steps to equitably and inclusively serve our diverse communities.

Mission

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.

 

Definition

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:

EQUITY

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.

DIVERSITY

Community members expose one another to the fullest possible variety of human identities, experiences, values, and worldviews. We bring our whole selves to campus.

Inclusion

Beyond mere tolerance, community members afford one another a sense of respect, belonging, and appreciation. We avoid marginalization.

A Community of Leaders

Heather M. Caruso, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Eleanor Garibay
Senior Operations Manager
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Noah Goldstein
Equity Advisor for Faculty
Zoe Aerin ('21)
MSBA EDI Representative
Antatolie Chernyakhovsky ('21)
MFE EDI Representative
Ryann Lauckner ('21)
EMBA ’21 EDI Representative
Deon Goggins ('22)
EMBA ‘22 EDI Representative
Avital Harari ('22)
EMBA ‘22 EDI Representative
Jesse Meza ('22)
Anderson Student Association VP of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Varun Sharma ('22)
EMBA ‘22 EDI Representative
Carolanne Link ('23)
FEMBA ’23 EDI Representative
Sarah Anderson (’22)
FEMBA ’22 EDI Representative
Tayler Bergstrom
Ph.D. Representative
Jon Bogard
Ph.D. Representative

Student Advisory Council

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

Administrative Representatives

Jessica Luchenta • Jeanette Reyes • Matt Gorlick • Viji Thulsiraj • Shannon Bell • Sydney Wharton • Frinee Berrios • Carol Wang • Riana Olson • Craig Jessen

Identity Clubs

The Alliance for Latinx Management at Anderson (ALMA)
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)
Jewish Business Students Association (JBSA)
Joint Ventures (JV)
Korean Business Student Association (KBSA)
Latin American Business Association (LABA)
Out@Anderson (O@A)
South Asian Business Association (SABA)
Southeast Asian Business Association (SEABA)

Alumni Clubs

Anderson Black Alumni
Anderson Latino Management Association
Anderson Women
Out After Anderson

Key Initiatives

2021 Events

What’s Going
On Series

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.

Embracing
Diversity Week

UCLA Anderson’s Embracing Diversity Week (EDW) celebrates the strength of our diverse community and power of our connections to reshape our future.

Velocity Women’s
Leadership Summit

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.

Other Initiatives

Equity

Pathway Guidance Program

UCLA Anderson Trailhead for Admission Guidance

Support for the Riordan Programs

Information, Advice and Financial Aid through Partner Organizations

Outreach through Upkey Virtual Internship Program

Prospective Student Recruiting Events

Girls Who Invest

Center for MEMES Howard University Initiative

Admissions Ambassador Corps

Hiring Processes Update

Diversity

New Speaker Databases and Event Planning Resources

Diversify Networks of Advisors, Mentors, Coaches, and Vendors

EDI Field Study Opportunities

UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator Mentors

Inclusion

Student EDI Advisory Council

Cross-Campus Collaboration

Working Parents Group

Inclusion Workshops

Open enrollment and company-specific programs provide continuing education for executives

Education Resources for Organizations Serving Low-Income Communities