Concepcion (Lourdes) Esparza
Number of quarters in CCL: 9
Why do you think it is important to study diversity and inclusion?
Historically, certain communities have been excluded from conversations in spaces such as academia or places of work. Issues overwhelming our society do not exist in a vacuum, and it is important to consider cultural context to address these problems. By studying diversity and inclusion from a psychological perspective, we are able to implement and evaluate the most effective approaches to ensure that marginalized communities are heard and given opportunities to succeed
Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA?
The summer before my first year at UCLA I was invited to participate in a program through the Academic Advancement Program called FSP. The program was focused on integrating students from underrepresented backgrounds into the world of higher education. As a first-generation Latina, being surrounded by peers who faced the same struggles as I made me feel more comfortable claiming space in an institution in which I felt I initially didn’t belong in.