Kanishka Mehra

Kanishka Mehra

Number of quarters in CCL: 2

Why do you think it's important to study diversity and inclusion? People are different, and I believe it's important for everyone to study diversity and inclusion to distinguish fact from fiction, be able to empathize with others and meet everyone where they are in life at the moment. My career interests lie in human resources and organizational psychology, where differing approaches to diversity and inclusion can sometimes make people uncomfortable or become difficult to navigate. We can alleviate some of these tensions by applying researched methodologies to create a framework for productive conversations. 

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA? I entered college with an assumption that I would find my niche soon enough, but I quickly realized that with diversity comes intersectionality. After interacting with individuals from all over the world, I found a social connection in the humanness of scholars with multiple identities. Whether or not we come from the same place, we all bring diverse skillsets and experiences worth sharing and worth learning from.