Patrick Banks

Patrick Banks

Number of quarters in CCL: 3

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

Diversity among the people is a huge part of what makes the United States the country that it is. However, considering the current social climate in our country, there seems to be an urgent need to find ways to foster positive connections between people of different cultures and backgrounds, and to reduce discrimination towards marginalized communities. I believe that studying diversity and inclusion has the potential to provide the tools to do so.

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA?

Taking LGBTQ studies courses provided me with opportunities to have fun but deep and informative discussions with other students about queer topics and works written by queer authors. These courses not only helped me feel connected to and make friends with like-minded students, but also helped me feel more connected to UCLA and academia in general as a queer person.