Billy Hayes

Billy Hayes

Number of quarters in CCL: 1

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

I believe human society must value diversity and inclusion to foster belonging and unity among communities. Studying diversity and inclusion provides us with a framework for learning about the beauties of different cultures and people throughout our community and beyond. Diversity brings a sense of belonging to people from all backgrounds, so we must value learning about it

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA?

When I first came to UCLA, I felt lonely and scared, but I quickly found a group of great friends that became my family away from home. They truly created an environment for me that, for the first time in my life, allowed me to be my true, authentic self. Being a part of a friend group that loves me for who I am has genuinely been a great experience that I am so thankful UCLA has given me!