Sophia Magliato

Sophia Magliato

Number of quarters in CCL: 4

Why do you think it is important to study diversity and inclusion?  Studying diversity and inclusion is vital to promote empathy, collectiviness, and well-being not only in the realms of research, but in all aspects of life. When we are educated to be culturally competent, we can use our knowledge about different groups to better interact, understand, and celebrate those around us. When we can learn to use cultural humility by being aware of the power imbalances and biases and respecting others’ values, we create a more compassionate, successful, and commendable society. 

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA? I felt socially connected with my peers at UCLA when I conducted a research project in a Clinical Psychology course. We all transfered from the Bay Area in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. My project peers and I decided to conduct research on emotional well-being of BIPOC college students, as we shared a goal to make psychological research cater more to the specific needs and wants of BIPOC individuals. We connected over our shared backgrounds, and passion to highlight the need for diversity in research