Samantha Eisert

Samantha Eisert


Number of Quarter in CCL: 6

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

In studying diversity and inclusion, you come to realize that while everyone is unique and different in their own culture and ways, biologically, we are 99.9% the same. Learning about diverse cultures and their experiences inspires empathy which is fundamental in eliminating racial biases that effect our policies and day-to-day life. It is critical for students to study diversity and learn how to make people of every background feel included in our very diverse society.

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA?

I first felt socially connected at UCLA when I came to student orientation over summer and I was grouped with five other girls in the Academic Advancement Program. At one point during orientation, we sat down in a circle and our New Student Advisor prompted us to talk about the adversity we faced before coming to UCLA. I realized, like me, many of the other girls had come from adverse backgrounds and it made me feel less ashamed of things I have been through and more obliged to share my story.