Amber Barnes

Amber Barnes

Number of quarters in CCL: 3

Why do you think it is important to study diversity and inclusion?

 As a very diverse country that often tries to promote diverse workspaces and communities, it is important that everyone in these communities feel valued and supported. Understanding how we can interact and celebrate our own diverse sets of ideas, traditions, and desires can be a great benefit to all of us. Studying diversity and inclusion also serves as a resource to combat issues where individuals are not being valued and supported in their communities.

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA?

I felt socially connected at the Freshman Summer Program, where I was surrounded by people that came from communities like mine. The thought of all of us experiencing such a new chapter in our lives together brought many of us closer and allowed me to form such great bonds.