Paolo Velasco Bruin Resource Center Directorpvelasco@saonet.ucla.edu
I am very excited to serve as the Director of the Bruin Resource Center. I have worked in the field of education for nearly twenty years, and I have been a staff member in the BRC since it first opened in 2009. I love working with students and supporting their development and success. In my spare time I love watching sports (especially UCLA Athletics) and other shows like Top Chef and The Walking Dead.
Andrew McClure Associate Directoramcclure@saonet.ucla.edu
Andrew’s passion is working with the diverse UCLA students and connecting them to the resources they need to persist and graduate at UCLA. Andrew understands just how difficult it can be to overcome the many barriers that students face on a daily basis. Be assured there are many individuals willing and able to help! You can frequently find Andrew at Staples Center as he is a Kings hockey fan.
Nikita Gupta GRIT Program DirectorBRC Assistant Directorngupta@saonet.ucla.edu
Nikita is the Director of the GRIT Peer Coaching Program. She is also a health and wellness educator on campus with the focus on developing and teaching programs that promote whole-person wellness, empowerment and success. She is proud to fulfill a unique role at the Bruin Resource Center, facilitating student development and personal growth.
Rita Phetmixay, M.A., M.S.W.Intergroup Relations and GRIT Peer Coaching Programs CoordinatorDirect: (310) 825-8213|Fax: (310) 267-2053
Rita Phetmixay serves as the Program Coordinator for both the Intergroup Relations (IGR) and GRIT Peer Coaching Programs under the Bruin Resource Center. Her lived experiences growing up as a child of refugees from Laos and Thailand in rural, North Carolina guides her work and continuous passion for social justice and equity. Upon completing her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she came directly to UCLA to pursue her dual masters degrees in Asian American Studies and Social Welfare. She brings the intersections of ethnic studies and clinical mental health therapy and aspires to use both frameworks through intergroup dialogue and life-coaching. She has had the privilege of conducting psychotherapy at Long Beach API Family Mental Health Clinic, facilitating dialogue work through her MSW program, and revamping the youth wellness programs at Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. She hopes to create an environment where students feel empowered to obtain a new level of critical (self) consciousness and inspire others to become change agents as well.
Brianna HarveyBruin Guardian Scholars Program Directorbharvey@saonet.ucla.edu
Our newest team member, Brianna Harvey has worked in the field of social work for over 10 years and is most recently joining us from Santa Monica College Guardian Scholars Program. She is passionate about working with former foster youth and is excited to support BGS students in achieving their goals and connecting them with campus resources.
Lyndsey CollinsBruin Guardian Scholars Academy Directorlcollins@saonet.ucla.edu
Susan Jensen BRC Office Managersjensen@saonet.ucla.edu
Susan began working in the BRC in 2010. Actually, saying she returned would be more accurate! She worked at UCLA as a health educator and an administrative assistant for a number of years before leaving to start a family. A favorite part of her job is working with students and helping them reach their goals. Ask her and she’ll tell you…she has the best job in the world!
Terriel Cox BRC & LGBT Center Case Managertcox@saonet.ucla.eduwww.studentincrisis.ucla.edu
Terriel first joined the BRC as the Director of Bruin Guardian Scholars Program. Now, as Case Manager with the Office of the Dean of Students, Terriel works closely with the crisis response team, focusing on student populations from the BRC and the LGBT Center in order to connect them with resources on campus.
Anna YeakleyIntergroup Relations Program Directorayeakley@saonet.ucla.edu
Anna has a huge passion for intergroup dialogue and is excited to be working with the Intergroup Relations Program at UCLA! She now hopes to expand the intergroup dialogue opportunities at UCLA to serve as a tool for improving campus climate and relations across the entire campus--including students, faculty and staff.
Students with Dependents Program Director
Collegiate Recovery Program
Jean is excited to serve the Students with Dependents & the Collegiate Recovery communities! Before UCLA, she developed a college success program for first-gen college students & high school seniors at a non-profit in San Diego. She is committed to work with non-traditional & underrepresented students, building supportive spaces for students of all backgrounds.
Heather Adams Transfer Student Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org
With over twenty years of experience in public speaking, fundraising, multimedia marketing, public relations, and career coaching in the Entertainment Industry, Heather Adams currently focuses on overseeing the development of the Transfer Program in the Bruin Resource Center at UCLA. A non-traditional transfer student herself, Heather has been an advocate for students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds since enrolling at Santa Monica Community College and transferring to UCLA, where she graduated with honors. Heather’s primary research has focused on the non-traditional and transfer student experience, institutional shifts that best serve this growing and diverse population, and ways in which to strengthen career development opportunities for college students and promote fluid collaborations between universities and the workforce.
Valeria Garcia Undocumented Student Program Directorvgarcia@saonet.ucla.edu
Valeria is the only person in her family to achieve a college degree which continues to motivate her work to ensure that all students have access to a postsecondary education. She has extensive experience of working with undocumented students and promoting programs to help meet their unique needs in education through advocacy.
Emily IvesVeterans Resource Office Program Directoreives@saonet.ucla.edu
Emily works with Student Affairs partners and other campus organizations to enhance the experience of service members and student veterans at UCLA. In her previous roles, Emily worked in a variety of student affairs disciples including facility management, staff training and development, and risk management.
Program Coordinator, Undocumented Student Program
Yadira Hernandez was born in Puebla, Mexico. She has resided in Los Angeles since the age of 15. She is a proud Transfer Bruin! She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Philosophy and Labor and Workplace Studies at UCLA. Her commitment to continue assisting undocumented communities is inspired in many ways, but mainly through her advocacy work supporting community college students to bring valuable resources to prepare students for success, informing immigrant communities about resources and legislations, and learning from the inspiring stories of people in her community. During her time at UCLA, she served as an AB540 Project Director, extending her knowledge through her Peer Mentoring experience at the Center for Community College Partnerships. As a Program Coordinator, she hopes to provide a supportive, empowering, and inclusive space for all students in the same way she found this network while an undergrad. She is interested in public service and social justice and will be pursuing a career in law to continue serving her immigrant communities.