Thyra Cobbs

Thyra Cobbs

 Number of quarters in CCL: 1

Why do you think it is important to study diversity and inclusion? Throughout history, notions of white superiority have been reinforced through Europe's colonization and exploitation of the world's societies. Many people across the globe have internalized these racist ideas, believing that their ethnic backgrounds, cultural heritage, life experiences, and beliefs are inferior and meaningless. Studying diversity and inclusion is pivotal because this research can counter the negative impact of Eurocentrism and encourage everyone to share the beauty of their identities with the world. 

Describe a time you felt socially connected to UCLA?  Before I transferred to UCLA, I was very anxious about making friends at the university, finding supportive communities as an African American, and having enough time to connect with my professors and peers. I decided to ease some of my stress by taking advantage of the Academic Achievement Program's (AAP) Transfer Summer Program (TSP). I felt socially connected to not only my peers who were also transferring students but my professors because they all identified as people of color.