Bruin Resource Center Director
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’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.
GRIT Program Director
BRC Assistant Director
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.
GRIT Coaching Program Coordinator
Direct: (310) 825-8213
Rita (pronouns: she/they) is an advocate for all things related to social, healing, and transformative justice. Rita's experiences as a child of refugees from Laos and Thailand and growing up in the south has given her unique insight of what it means to identify as a southern Lao Isaan American womxn/femme. Now more excited and energized than ever, Rita hopes to create more accessible means of empowerment, healing, and self-discovery for students, especially those within the margins. On her free time, Rita loves to dance, laugh and eat lots of LAO food!!!
Vivek Mittal is a Managing Attorney at the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center. A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, Vivek has been an Adjunct Professor at the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the UC Irvine School of Law, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, Senior District Court Judge in the Central District of California in Los Angeles, California. Prior to this, he worked as an immigration practitioner at a private immigration firm in Los Angeles. In 2009, Vivek was selected to be an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Immigration Law Center, where he litigated high-impact cases regarding anti-immigration laws across the country, most notably against Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56. For this work, he was honored by the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Vivek enjoys creative writing, tennis, running and spending time with his daughter and partner. He is highly proficient in spoken Hindi.
Vivek will be providing legal services to students and their families at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, and will be assisting in managing the series provided at UC Riverside, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego.
Habiba Simjee is a Staff Attorney with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D.) and UC San Diego (B.A.). Her experience includes working with refugees, asylum-seekers, unaccompanied children, and youth in the juvenile justice system. Habiba became involved with undocumented student advocacy during law school through Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic DREAMers at Cal project. Most recently, she served as the Undocumented Student Services Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara.
Habiba will be providing legal services to undocumented students, mixed-status students, and their families at UCLA full-time through the Bruin Resource Center. She will be working closely with the Undocumented Student Program to offer workshops, clinics, and resources in addition to direct legal services.
Bruin Guardian Scholars Program Director
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.
Bruin Guardian Scholars Case Manager/Program Coordinator
Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy Director
BRC Office Manager
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!
Intergroup Relations Program Director
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.
Emma Naliboff Pettit
IGR Assistant Program Director
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.
Undocumented Student Program Director
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.
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.
Transfer Student Program Director
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.
Veterans Resource Center Program Director
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.
Transfer Student Program Director
Veteran Student Program Director
John Maldonado is a recent alumnus of UCLA where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. While as a student at UCLA, John served as vice president of the Student Veterans of America, an intern with the Veteran Resource Office, and as an intern with the Dean of Students Office. John previously served four years of active duty in the United States Navy where he completed two combat deployments. Additionally, he is a graduate of Naval Aircrew Candidate School and Naval Aviation Search and Rescue Swimmer school. He finished his service in 2013 with the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class and an honorable discharge. John is a certified peer support specialist, with focuses on veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mental health first aid. While serving in his role with the Transfer Student Center, John seeks to complete a dual degree with a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Planning.
Carolyn Travis is a sophomore student at UCLA studying Chicana/o Studies. She currently works as a BGS Intern and is passionate in advocating for foster youth. She loves to read Young Adult Sci-fi & Fantasy novels and drink coffee.
Yennifer is a sophomore here at UCLA majoring in Sociology and minoring in Applied Developmental Psychology. She is a mother to her one and a half year old daughter named Athena. She enjoys being a part of the BGS staff and helping other college students like herself succeed.
Jendalyn Coulter is a junior at UCLA, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education and Civic Engagement. She currently works as a BGS Career Resource Intern and serves as the BGS Leadership Team’s Vice-President. Jendalyn’s other campus involvements include engaging in Afrikan Student Union, working as an office assistant for Residential Life, and coaching for Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she is conducting her research project on the experiences of foster youth that impact their educational trajectories. Overall, she is very committed to serving underrepresented populations, and hopes to serve through research, advocacy, and community engagement.
Youth Development Coach Intern
My name is Jenny and I am a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA. I am majoring in Sociology and in the future I hope to continue empowering youth from underrepresented and underprivileged communities to become leaders and achieve a higher education. Currently, I am a Youth Development Coach Intern for the First Star Bruin Guardian Scholarship Academy (BGSA). I have five years’ experience as a youth facilitator with a focus on youth leadership. I am passionate about supporting low-income and underprivileged high school students because I believe it is essential for youth to become leaders within their school, community, and impact the world. Being a low-income, first generation college student myself, I believe that young people can achieve anything they set their mind to, no matter the type of situation they come from. I use my own experience and accomplishments as motivation for those that I work with on a daily basis.
GRIT Peer Coaching Program M.S.W. Intern
Hi all. My name is Nicole Ngaosi and I currently serve as the M.S.W. Intern for the Guidance, Resilience, Integrity, and Transformation (GRIT) Coaching Program. I am currently pursuing concurrent Master’s degrees in Asian American Studies, M.A. and Social Welfare, M.S.W. A double Bruin, I graduated in 2014 from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies after transferring from Santa Monica College. On campus, I have been involved with the Asian American Studies Center, the Food Security Work Group under the UC Global Food Initiative, and the Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association. Drawing from my personal, professional, academic, and organizing experiences, I am interested in exploring organizing and programmatic efforts whose focus is on supporting low-income, non-traditional students of color within higher education. I bring knowledge from my family, peers, and ethnic studies into my work, with a bit of hip hop and enthusiasm for good food for a bit of flavor.
Coaches' Case Manager
Hi GRIT fam! I'm Maya, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a fourth-year World Arts and Cultures Major and Public Health Minor. I love spending time eating chocolate, doing yoga, reading stuff by women of color, and sleeping. I am very interested in sexual health/reproductive justice, using the arts to heal from trauma, and youth work. To cope with stress, I like to lie on my couch, light some candles, write in my journal, and breathe. I try to do this whenever I feel overwhelmed and need space for my emotions. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy drawing even though I am not really good at it. I am really looking forward to supporting the GRIT program this year and building relationships with the other coaches!
Graduate Administrative Assistant
Hi! My name is Zoë Womack and I am serving this year as the Graduate Administrative Assistant at GRIT! I am originally from Tucson, AZ, but I quickly escaped the heat after high school to go to college out here on the West Coast at Pepperdine University. I received my B.S. in Nutritional Science and B.A. in Political Science here, and now I am at UCLA to pursue an MPH emphasizing in Community Health Sciences. I have a passion for advocacy and social justice in areas that involve the conversation of hunger and childhood obesity. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, playing board games, and tending to my beloved succulents.
GRIT Peer Coach
Hello all! My name is Heather, and I'm a fourth year studying Chicanx Studies and Education. On a typical day, you can catch me enjoying boba in my hammock on the grass next to Janss steps, asking passersby if I can pet their dog, or writing in my gratitude journal. I love working as a GRIT peer coach because I get to meet students from all over campus whose experiences teach me so much.
I'd love to talk about current events, getting involved at UCLA, and my favorite local beaches (other than Santa Monica!). I'm excited to have a great last year with the GRIT program!
GRIT Peer Coach
About Me: When applying for colleges I honestly had no idea that I would end up at UCLA, but now two years later, I can say that I am a successful 4th year Religious Studies Major.
Fun Fact: I am truly a flower-child, rejecting conventional society and advocating love, peace, and simple, idealistic values. I dream of the day when I get to pack up my bags and leave on a whirlwind adventure exploring all that the world has in store for me.
Self-Care: As often as I can during the week, I spend around an hour or so doing yoga. Yoga is a phenomenal self-care practice that I do to keep my mind clear, and my body healthy. I can truly attribute much of my personal evolution to my yoga practice.
GRIT Coach Tip: As a GRIT Coach I want students to know that they are capable of anything and everything they set their hearts' desires on. Bradley Whitford once said, "Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen...yourself, right now, right down here on Earth." This quote motivates me every single day to put effort and action into making my life everything that I know it can be. I am a limitless being and I know that the Universe is always on my side, so instead of allowing stress to overwhelm me, I take my power back by always choosing to see the positive in all situations, and this is what I hope to be able to share with others.
GRIT Peer Coach
Hello there!! I am Avalon, a 4th-year Psychology Major. Interesting fact about me is that I have a couple removable teeth that I love to show strangers within minutes of meeting. For me, I absolutely need creative outlets to feel my healthiest and happiest, so every day I dedicate a bit of time to writing poetry, learning more guitar, or doing improv comedy! In order to best manage stressful tasks, I sit down every morning and jot down a quick to-do list while eating breakfast. I check the list throughout the day, and it prevents me from feeling behind or forgetting important commitments after long days of school!
GRIT Peer Coach
I am an international student from Malaysia, who transferred over from Fullerton College in Orange County. Currently, I'm a 4th-year Communication Studies major with a Computing Specialization. I love dancing, hanging out with friends, and eating lots of Asian food!
My passions include advocating for diversity and inclusion, particularly in traditionally non-inclusive spaces.
Extracurriculars: I am currently involved in at UCLA aim to improve the availability, accessibility and efficiency of mental health services for students, with emphasis on those in marginalized communities.
Fun fact: When I was 14, I cried on national television in my home country while my family members laughed. Now, when I retell the story, I say I was 9 instead.
GRIT Peer Coach
Hi! My name is Esha Lal and I am 3rd-year majoring in Biology and minoring in Biomedical Research. Some fun facts about are that I have lived in four different states (Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, and Hawaii) and that I am a PADI certified scuba diver! In order to cope with stress, I meditate regularly and cook! I am a huge foodie and love trying out new recipes. I also rely a lot on a planner to keep track of all my time commitments. I am incredibly excited to be a part of the GRIT program this year!
GRIT Peer Coach
Hello! My name is Gareth and I'm a 4th-year Geography and International Development Studies double major from the Bay Area. I adore Chinese food (especially soup dumplings), soccer, and listening to music. I'm really excited to be a GRIT coach so that I can work with students to learn how to empower and take care of ourselves together. I hope to one day go into social work and I see this as an important step towards making that happen! Right now I'm working on reducing negative self-talk and making sure that I am giving myself time and space to recharge from the exhausting business that is being a student on this campus.
Fun fact: I've never been to IHOP.
GRIT Peer Coach
I’m a 4th-year transfer student majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Cognitive Science. I’m from Taiwan and have been in the U.S. for 5 years. Adapting to a new environment isn’t always easy, so I understand how hard it is for you to get familiar with this new surroundings, especially away from family and friends. I like to listen to non-lyric music, practice meditation, and stretch my body to relax myself. Being a backpacker, I like to explore the world by hiking and traveling. I’m interested and open to discuss social events and topics from various aspects and cultural views.
Fun fact about me: I’m definitely a foodie who not only tries new restaurants but also exotic foods such as fried crickets.
GRIT Peer Coach
I am a 3rd-year student at UCLA majoring in Psychobiology, and hopefully doubling in Sociology! I am broadly interested in how society and external pressures can affect individuals in how they think and process information. For me, the best way to de-stress is to make lists. When I feel overwhelmed by tasks, I write them down on paper and organize them by priority and deadline so that I can figure out what to do next. I love having creative outlets, such as painting, drawing and writing. I also enjoy reading, hiking, photography, going to concerts, and spending time with friends. One way I self-care is by taking time out of my day to do one of these activities every day.
GRIT Peer Coach
My name is Margaret, but you can call me Mars. I’m a 3rd-year Linguistics and Psychology major from San Diego. I love writing - poetry is my favorite, but I’m working on improving my playwriting skills as well. I’m a huge fan of Shakespeare and I love everything about theater. I try to balance work and relaxation in order to avoid stress, but when stress inevitably arises, I like to talk things out with people who matter to me. The most important thing I’ve learned at UCLA is that the best way to stay healthy is to stay self-aware. When you consistently pay attention to your thoughts and physical wellbeing, you’re more likely to catch and resolve issues before they become too big to handle.
GRIT Peer Coach
About Me: I am a 3rd-year Neuroscience major and Spanish minor, pursuing public health graduate school with an interest in mental health.
Fun fact: After living in Mexico City for 7 years, I always have a bottle of Tajin in my bag (an amazing spice blend!).
Self-Care: I plan out my week with personal, academic, and extracurricular goals. I give myself one night a week by myself to relax and reflect. This includes scary-looking face masks and my beat up journal.
GRIT Coach Tip: If you’re sleep deprived, overworked, and overcommitted, you’re successful...right? This image is not only wrong, it’s also unhealthy! We all need to take time for and take care of ourselves. This means saying no sometimes and putting your health first.
GRIT Peer Coach
Hi, my name is Morgan. I am a non-traditional transfer student double majoring in Sociology and Gender Studies. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and I rep the Warriors and Giants any chance I get! My favorite hobbies for self-care include yoga, hiking, going to the beach, writing in a journal, and making lists to help me visualize things that I need to get done. I also really enjoy cleaning/organizing to clear my mind and to create a space for productivity. I’m passionate about helping people and I can’t wait to start helping my peers learn valuable life skills as a GRIT coach!
GRIT Peer Coach
About Me: I am a 4th year, pursuing a B.S in Anthropology. I hope to find a career in mental health services.
Fun Fact: When I was two years old, I accidentally shoved a piece of mango up my nose. But I made it to UCLA, so things can definitely change!
Self-Care: I would like to say that I practice self-care every day, but being a college student definitely restricts the amount of time I have available to relax. I try to spend one morning out of the week by myself, so I can journal, make tea, paint my nails, and do other little things that make me happy.
GRIT Coach Tip: I think it's so important to respect your capacity. College culture seems to encourage unhealthy habits, especially running on only a few hours of sleep and overcommitting to extracurricular activities. Take time for yourself to recharge your batteries and know that it is okay to say no.
GRIT Peer Coach
My name is Erika Aburto-Hernandez, I am a 4th-year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Affairs. I immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of two and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I love Los Angeles because it is a diverse space where one can learn about different cultures and traditions in harmony. My favorite hobbies for self-care include strength training, watching shows on netflix, poetry, and trying new foods! I love how coffee smells and tastes - it’s my comfort food (even though it's a drink). I also enjoy going home to spend time with my little brother Leo and my little sister Galilea, they’re my anchors! In the near future I would like to work with children and adolescents, I think this is an important time for development and I truly cherish the simplicity of life during this stage. My goals in life include cultivating happiness and peace and traveling the world.
Alan W. Goff is the Graduate Assistant for the UCLA Intergroup Relations Program. He is passionate about harnessing the power of dialogue to foster understanding, build alliances, and advance social justice. Alan was born and raised in Los Angeles, of Belizean Kriol heritage. He is the proud son of Alice Goff, a long-time L.A. city civil servant and labor leader, and his commitment to justice was sparked by early proximity to his mother’s work.
IGR Administrative Assistant
My name is Sandy and I'm a second year Cognitive Science Major with specialization on Computing, Minoring in Accounting. A fun fact about me are that I was born and raised in Brazil, and am currently an Ambassador for my county in UCLA. Also, I was an Architecture and Urbanism Major before I moved LA. I love to work with the BRC with educational and social justice programs, advocating for more equity, and providing a platform of resource to underrepresented populations.
My name is Gustavo and I'm currently a 3rd year student majoring in English and Biology. A fun fact about me is that I was able to take a tour inside the white house back in 2015 when I was a student ambassador in LA's City Hall. Having worked in non-profit organizations around undocumented rights made me realize the importance of fighting and speaking for those communities that don't always feel safe to do so. As such, I am empowered under spaces such as IGR that allow me to advocate for the rights of marginalized and underrepresented communities and continue fighting for social justice.
My name is Gaurav Lalsinghani and I'm a fourth-year undergraduate student double majoring in Statistics and Political Science. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and a fun fact about me is that I am a HUGE Beyoncé fan. As someone who is passionate about cross-community coalition building and understanding the nuances of intersectionality, I believe that dialogue can serve as a foundation for diversity education, advocacy, and further social engagement. I'm excited to serve as an IGR Intern this year and look forward to the conversations and change we can spur by working in conjunction with one another!
My name is Gabriela Solis. I am a graduate student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs pursuing a dual master degree in Social Welfare and Public Policy. A couple fun facts about me are: I was once featured in the LA Times, I enjoy making drastic changes to my hair, and I am a proud East Los Angeles native. For me, IGR work is essential in making change in both our communities and at a policy level. IGR provides a platform to make changes to people's perspectives and opinions that will hopefully have a long-term ripple effect in their own social groups and beyond. Additionally, I love that IGR taps into the importance of relationships and interpersonal experiences to continue to humanize some of our country's most sensitive policy issues.
My name is Estephany Gomez-Bautista. I am a second-year Political Science major with a specialization in American Politics. I was born in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico but was raised in Anaheim, California for the rest of my life. I am the first person in my family to graduate high school and pursue a higher education. I value IGR because it provides a safe space for individuals to share their varying experiences and learn from one another.
I'm Erin and I'm in my third year double-majoring in Asian American Studies and Psychobiology. I grew up in Los Angeles all my life - specifically in the San Fernando Valley and Koreatown - so I have strong associations with the city and deep gratitude for its histories. Last year, my grandmother took me to a coin-laundry in Koreatown, the site of my aunt's 20 years since closed bakery that had provided the opportunity for my mother and grandmother to migrate to the United States. Experiences like these consolidate my Korean-American identity and allow me to have a strong, unique understanding of what community means to me. I am working with the BRC to create spaces for effective dialogue on our campus and serve as a resource for students on our campus. Moving forward, I hope to facilitate community spaces that inspire development, healing, and strength.
My name is Ellis and I’m a second-year MBA student at UCLA Anderson. Some fun facts about me are that I love tropical fish and aquariums, with my favorite fish being the longhorn cowfish, and my favorite floral scents are jasmine, orange blossom, and osmanthus blossom. Being part of IGR empowers me to properly dialogue about the social issues that we come across in everyday life, like work and school, and guides me in becoming a better influencer to and for my community.
My name is Aziza Wright and I am a 3rd year African American Studies major with a minor in Education. I recently studied Portuguese in Brazil through the UCLA study abroad program and I am from Inglewood CA. I got into IGR because I am very social justice oriented and I feel that through communication and dialoguing, real change can be made.
Hi all my name is Anna! I'm a third year Sociology major, Education Studies minor. I'm from Oakland, CA (yay Bay Area!) and I'm the first generation Jewish American of my family. In my free time I like rewatching shows where the characters feel like my friends, spending time with actual friends and family, and going to the beach. I feel passionate about working on the many inequities in our education system, and hope to become a public elementary school teacher in the future. I'm really excited for the opportunity to be part of Intergroup Relations this year and help bring more dialogue to fellow students about issues of social justice.
Hi! My name is Anjum and I’m a second year concentrating in Neuroscience. Growing up in a culturally diverse but religious homogenous environment such as Dubai, there were a lot of aspects of my identity that I didn’t have the space to question; there were also aspects that were never questioned until I moved to the US. I appreciate IGR because it creates a space for you to explore, inquire about, and own your social, cultural or political identity. It encourages dialogue centered around empathizing and embracing multiple perspectives - but it also allows you to critically examine your own. Fun fact: I’m 18 but I still don’t know how to ride a bike.
My name is Andrew Hall and I am a third-year Gender Studies Major with minors in Disability Studies and Public Affairs. I am in the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and I am also the Editor-in-Chief of UCLA's queer newsmagazine, OutWrite. This is my third year as an IGR intern. I keep coming back to this program because I appreciate being able to make space for difficult discussions about equity, access, and inclusion on campus. I have learned so much from my peers at IGR and feel very grateful to be doing this kind of work.
My name is Ung and I'm a second year Political Science and Statistics Double Major and a Digital Humanities Minor. A fun fact about me is that I like to drink boba without the boba. I was born in Malaysia and raised in a Chinese household so I speak three languages and understand a couple of different dialects. I joined IGR because I believe more than ever we need to listen to each other, dialogue constructively and with empathy under the current political climate.
My name is Terré and I'm a fourth year History Major. A fun fact about me is that I was on TV, but it was an old video clip of me from kindergarten (2001) that aired when I was in High School. I also enjoy helping others and I am very passionate about social justice issues. IGR is important to me because I’m given the opportunity to learn about others experiences and cultures, while trying to improve campus climate.
My name is Samuel Francis and I'm a third-year Architectural Studies/Gender Studies major. This is my second year in IGR, and I couldn't be happier to be back. Being able to expand my understanding of the word around me, and dialogue with people who have the same goal is something that has always inspired me. I think it is so important to have conversations with the people we don't agree with, so that we can come together in ways that we may not have thought possible. One fun fact about me is that I hate onions. Another is that I couldn't think of a better fun fact than that! Fun!
Hi! My name is Nia McClinton. I am a second year Psychology/African American Studies Major and Music Industry Minor. A few fun facts about me are that my favorite genre of music is R&B, I once played a lead role in a musical production, and my secret addition is to funnel cakes and french fries. I enjoy being a part of IGR because it offers me a safe and inclusive space to engage in hard conversations safely and productively. My hope is that IGR can be used as a tool to energize students interest in diversity and social justice.
Hello! I'm Keiana, and I'm a second year Cognitive Science major with a minor in Digital Humanities and a specialization in Computing. I'm from Orange County, California, and I'm very passionate about programming and social justice. IGR is important to me because it simultaneously serves as a community for all types of students and as a platform for campus climate issues. I look forward to working with IGR this year!
My name is Jennyann Gallo and I am a 4th year Sociology Major and Education Minor. Some fun facts about me would be that I am the first in my family to go to college, my favorite cartoon is SpongeBob, and I've held hands with Taylor Lautner. I am passionate about promoting and advocating for a more equitable and inclusive environment for all. I love the fact that IGR provides safe spaces for underrepresented communities.
My name is Izzy Leamon, and I am a fourth year double major in Psychology (B.A.) and Anthropology (B.A.). I love music, hiking, and cooking. My favorite color is yellow, and my favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip. I am very passionate about solving issues of inequity and prejudice, and I think the work IGR does is very important for that goal.
My name is Abraham “Abe” Ramirez. I’m an English major and a recent transfer from Mount San Antonio College. While at Community College, I was a student instructor, and I received an Associate Degree in English. I was also the newsletter editor for the Honors Program and the president of the Honors Ambassadors club. Now at UCLA, my goal is to become a better writer. I’ve published newsletters, journalism articles, and long-form articles. I hope to eventually be considered a “Jack-of-all-trades” in writing. My role at the Transfer Center is to develop our web content, social media, and to be an awesome team member. I know that transfers have a unique college experience, and I’m here to help out anyone who needs it, or simply here to hang out if anyone wants to.
Let’s get to know each other!
My name is Ani! You might recognize me posting quite often on the Transfer Students Page. ;) I am a fourth year, first-gen, Sociology major, and a Public Affairs minor! I transferred from Glendale Community College. Transferring to UCLA was the scariest, most enriching experience. Joining clubs and organizations has been a great way for me to feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am a member of the pre law society here at UCLA, secretary of Tau Sigma Honor Society, and a member of the Armenian Students Association.
My number one tip for transfers is to trust your gut and remember that you deserve to be here, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The quarter system might bring you down, but remember that you have endless resources and a wonderful and supportive community, unlike any other, cheering you on!
My name is Carmel, and I am currently a Senior studying Political Science and Education. I am a first generation, non-traditional transfer student with a determination to defy obstacles and overcome in order to help others facing similar challenges. I am an optimist and intend to spend the rest of my life fighting for educational reform and the improvement of education!
When I think about my journey, I am reminded of two things: The incredible influence of mentors and individuals who believed in me before I believed in myself and the power of perspective. Most of us cannot become our best self without community and personal support, and for this reason, I am a huge advocate of mentorship! Yet even surrounded by incredible people many choose to focus on obstacles instead of the goals, the hardships instead of beauty, the things that they do not have as opposed to the opportunities surrounding them. After navigating a loss of mobility for several months and a serious diagnosis I began to realize just how powerful our perspective of life can be. I refuse to face life on the defense, and I invite you to join me in being thankful, genuine people who take on challenges with creative determination! I love how Albert Einstein encapsulates this idea of perspective and its transformative power, and I hope it inspires you as well: "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
Hey Everyoooonnnee! It's meeeeeee Cassidy!! Most commonly known as the girl with the pink hair! Just to tell you a little bit about me, I'm a fourth year, first-gen, veteran dependent, transfer student, and also currently a commuter; majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Geography/Environmental Studies. I transferred from Moreno Valley College in the city of Moreno Valley lol Some of my favorite things include food and eating the food! I am also a lover of memes, gifs, and watching videos of little baby animals! ^.^
About my experience of transferring to UCLA: I remember when I first transferred here to UCLA, I experienced many of the worries and fears you all are currently going through. Feelings of doubt, unworthiness, loneliness, and much more. They were tough times. I wasn't involved in any clubs, organizations, or jobs on campus and I also didn't seek out opportunities. So you could imagine the feelings and thoughts I had while comparing myself to my peers. BUUT what I learned is that it's never too late to seek out help and community, and that is exactly what I eventually did! It took a while but I'm so glad I did! In the spring quarter, I went to the transfer center and just talked to the amazing team members. I started attending more events hosted by the transfer center and other entities of the campus. I really started to immerse myself, which later led me to where I am now, working at the Transfer Center!
So if I had one tip to give, it would be to talk to people, seek out help, ask questions, compliment people, speak your mind. Go to any and every event, workshop, presentation that you have time and are able to go to! And remember! We here at the Transfer Center (team and community) know what it feels like and what you could be going through, and that is why we are here! To help you! And be there for you!
My name is Christine ‘Cami’ Waters. I transferred from East Los Angeles Community College and am a Gender Studies major. Currently I volunteer working with woman who have experienced trauma and are rebuilding their lives. After graduating UCLA, hopefully I will pursue my Masters in Social work (MSW) and continue to get my Ph.D. in Psychology to better help other women.
Along with being a student, I am also a single mother to a beautifully energetic and sharp witted 3 year old who is constantly keeping me on my toes. The journey to get to UCLA has been one of the most rewarding times for me and I feel grateful to be able to bring my daughter along for the journey. As parenting students, being able to bring our children on campus, I believe sends such a powerful message that will stick with our children forever!
A few things I like to remind myself: Stop. Breathe. Take in the surroundings and remember we are never given more than we can handle-Challenged, but never more than we are capable of!!!! We all have our own individual mark to leave on this world, so let’s mark it up!!!!
Hola! My name is Libni Garcia and I am originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. I am a 4th-year transfer from East Los Angeles College (ELAC) majoring in Chicana/o Studies and minoring in Education. During my time at UCLA I have been involved with CCCP and interning with the 580 Cafe. My three favorite things are dogs, chocolate, and food. I love meeting new transfer and being able to share my experience and learn from theirs too. My favorite hobbies are sketching, photography, dancing, and watching gymnastic competitions. I am an advocate for mental health, body positivity, and self love!
This is my first year working at the Transfer Center and I love being able to interact with other transfer students! I am one of the coordinators for volunteer program, I also edit the events calendar, and from time to time I create flyers, do social media, and even photography.
Tip for Transfers: Take advantage of the awesome events that happened on Transfer Pride week 3 and De-stress week 10 at the Transfer Center! You will be able to get good, tea, coffee, and swag!
My name is Yijia Li, but widely known as Lisa Li. I am a fourth year English major. I am a huge Shakespeare fan (LOVE HIM FOREVER)! I was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and moved to California in 2012 and took many many many ESL classes at Long Beach City College. I am a first-gen, non-trad, commuter, and transfer student. Chocolate is one of the most important components of my life and balloon is my sworn enemy. My favorite quote is "Nothing will come of nothing". Tips for transfers: make as much friends as you could and enjoy your time at UCLA.
Randall is a native of Venice, CA and a Coast Guard Veteran. He enlisted in the military in 2001 following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. After his 7.5 year military career, he attended San Francisco State University. Randall is currently studying for the CPA exam with UCLA Extension's Accounting Certificate Program. He lives on the Westside with his rescue dog, Daniel.
Bryan is a current student studying both public policy and urban governance at UCLA. Prior to his attendance at UCLA, Bryan dedicated five years of service to the American Medical Response as a paramedic in Riverside County. Bryan has a passion for veterans and their family members and is currently dedicated to strengthening Veteran Advocacy by implementing his past internship experience as a policy intern.
Jess is a staff member at the Veteran's Resource Center. She is currently a Junior at UCLA, where she is majoring in History. Jess works closely with the Veteran Staff in the VRC as an Air Force dependant herself.
Federico was an Infantryman in the Marine Corps from 2002 to 2006. He served with the 1st Battalion 7th Marines with whom he had three combat deployments. He currently majoring in Sociology and intends to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work with a concentration on veterans, veteran families, and children.
Sarah served as an Intelligence Analyst in the United States Army from February 2010 to October 2016. During her tenure with the Army, she deployed in support of Operation New Dawn/Iraqi Freedom as well as Operation Enduring Freedom where she received the Bronze Star Medal. Sarah is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Business Economics with aspirations of applying that knowledge towards an MBA.
Jamie was a Forward Observer with the U.S. Army for six years prior to attending UCLA. During his enlistment, he deployed twice in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. Jamie is currenlty pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and aspires to become a Child Psychologist. He spends his time with his family and friends alongside working in the Veteran's Resource Center.
Tim was an infantryman in the Marine Corps for four years where he made 3 deployments with 2nd Battalion 7th Marines. He is a political science major and will be attending law school in fall of 2018. Tim is married and lives with his wife in San Luis Obispo.