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.


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, 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 openly engage our differences.


Community members engage one another as full participants in school activities, communicating mutual respect, consideration, and appreciation.

A Community of Leaders

Heather Caruso
Heather M. Caruso, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Eleanor Garibay
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
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Varun Sharma ('22)
EMBA ‘22 EDI Representative
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Carolanne Link ('23)
FEMBA ’23 EDI Representative
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Sarah Anderson (’22)
FEMBA ’22 EDI Representative
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Tayler Bergstrom
Ph.D. Representative
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Jon Bogard
Ph.D. Representative

Student Advisory Council

Kushal Chatterjee • Alex Wolfson • Luiz Sander • Jose Clair • Sofia Jimenez • Analisa Schaaf • Malachi Nelson • Bowen Wang • Andrea Maciel • Jordan Ferguson • Gus Avarello • Gio Lincon • Andrew Hemingway • Faud Ligali • Emily Mann • Akshita Saxena • Layla Kara • Jake Schapiro • Scarlett Kirk • Darren Douglas • Nanci Li • Ayesha Huq • Zachary Starko • Kevin Kuhn • Ana Mekhrishvili • Veikko Petrozzi • Julia Sweitzer • Erica Weisman • Sohini Hathiramani • Alexandre Caron • Chai Lam • Dheeraj Jalluri • Isabella Mongalo • Mariana Hernandez De Vicenzo • Akshay Prakash • Haibo (Harry) Kong • Yannan Collins • Samuel Song • Albert Joo • Fernando Errazuriz • Gabriella Pesce Eliezer •  Josh Smiley • Cliodhna Loughlin • Gabriella Pesce Eliezer • Ibrahim Ibrahim • Deepu Nadimpalli • Miranda Bidwell • Calvin Cam • Margaux Nielsen • Emily Yang • Zachary Marcoux • Joe Benoit • Justin Cheng • Chayanin Hankansujart • Sorrasek Phiboonthammasak • Hind Geel • Stephen Mendoza • Michael Kirchner • Keini Wilson • Trisha Sinha • Stephen Mendoza • Yitsac Sandoval • Avital Harari • Allie Roda

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.

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



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

UCLA FEMBA Bruin Bridge



New Speaker Databases and Event Planning Resources

Diversify Networks of Advisors, Mentors, Coaches, and Vendors

EDI Field Study Opportunities

UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator Mentors



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