Why do you think it is important to study diversity and inclusion?
Although we live in a diverse society, it is important to acknowledge inequality to understand how certain communities are often targeted or excluded in the established social hierarchy. The social disparities many communities experience are often tied to historical systematic processes that need to be analyzed in a political, cultural and social framework. Studying diversity and inclusion in multiple frameworks allows us to understand people better while analyzing different social disparities to implement resources that help marginalized communities succeed.
Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA?
As a Chicano/a studies major, I have had the opportunity to take Central American courses at UCLA that have allowed me to understand more of my parent’s cultural history and my identity. In these classes, I am surrounded by peers who are also first generation and their families have experienced similar historical struggles as mine. Taking these courses have allowed me to feel more included and comfortable in a big institution and given me a new form of strength and resilience.