Marjorie Llanera

Marjorie Llanera

Number of quarters in CCL: 6

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

It is important to study diversity and inclusion because separating races and ethnicities facilitate this social misunderstanding that each group should have a consciousness against each other when in reality they should unite to trump down racism and discrimination. Being able to share about one's backgrounds, experiences, and perceptions and learn from others helps ensure a more open-minded, accepting world. 

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA? 

Despite this being an interaction with one person, I think the first time I felt socially connected to UCLA was when I attended my first office hours for an Asian American Studies course. A teaching assistant assured me that students should not be afraid to seek academic support, as well as emotional support, from school faculty. What blossomed out of this realization is a beautiful friendship with this said person—along with another teaching assistant—till this day!