Antoni Ison

Antoni Ison

Number of quarters in CCL: 3

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

I wanted to study psychology to learn more about the impact of racial trauma and how those factors, along with racial identity can influence mental health. From a social perspective, I can see how it is important to address these issues in order to build a stronger and healthier community.  We all have perspectives we can share and learn from each other.

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA. 

As a Filipino transfer student I felt out of place at UCLA and intimidated by all the unfamiliarity. The Pilipino Transfer Student Partnership (PTSP) organization was when I first felt socially connected to UCLA.  I was able to learn a lot about my Pilipinx identity through the club’s encouragement towards cultural Fil-Am events and self-empowerment within higher educational settings.