BruinX is the Research & Development arm of EDI. BruinX is an internal, multi-disciplinary “think & do” tank dedicated to translating the best evidence and theory into practical, on the ground solutions that promote equal learning and working environments for all at UCLA. Check out some of our featured projects and meet the team below.
The Team Lead
Devon W. Carbado
Associate Vice Chancellor, BruinX
The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law
Devon Carbado is the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor, BruinX, within UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and is also the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He has won numerous teaching awards, including being elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA School of Law classes of 2000 and 2006 and received the Law School’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003 and the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching in 2007. In 2005 AVC Carbado was named an inaugural recipient of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship. Modeled on the Guggenheim fellowships, it is awarded to scholars whose work furthers the goals of Brown v. Board of Education. He served as Vice Dean for Faculty and Research at the School of Law from 2006-07, and again in 2009-10.
AVC Carbado writes in the areas of employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity, and is currently working on a series of articles on race, law, and police violence. AVC Carbado graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994 where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Black Letter Law Journal, a member of the Board of Student Advisors, and winner of the Northeast Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.
Dr. Evelyn Carter received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Indiana University, where her research focused on how people detect cues to racial bias and discuss bias across group lines. After graduation, she received funding from the National Science Foundation to continue her research as a postdoctoral scholar at Purdue University. There, she investigated successful racial bias confrontation strategies and ways that language can subtly reinforce harmful gender stereotypes. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Social Cognition and Social and Personality Psychology Compass, and she regularly presents at conferences and universities across the country.
Evelyn’s current focus is on using social science research to help create and sustain equity, diversity, and inclusion on college campuses. She has substantial experience in this area, having led collaborative teams of university administrators, faculty, and students to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based programs at five different universities.
Mr. Feingold received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. After graduating, Jonathan joined Sidley Austin LLP as an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He subsequently clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Dale S. Fischer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Jonathan has published multiple articles that examine the relationship between race, law, and the mind sciences. Representative articles include Measuring the Racial Unevenness of Law School, 15 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol’y 71 (2013) (with Doug Souza), and Defusing Implicit Bias, 59 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 210 (2012) (with Karen Lorang). Jonathan received a 2014 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for work done in connection with Rodriguez v. Robbins, a case concerning immigrant detainees’ right to bond hearings.
Mr. Kinsfather received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA in 2017, with a minor in LGBT Studies. He is passionate about social justice and increasing equity and accessibility of education for traditionally underserved communities. While at UCLA, he conducted research focusing on how universities can leverage social connectedness to improve the experience of underrepresented students, and the ways that universities can incorporate more diverse practices in course curricula. He has previously worked for the LGBT Center at UCLA, advocating for the LGBT community, with emphasis on improving accessibility of resources for Trans and gender-non-conforming students and queer students of color.
Ms. Kirkpatrick received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. She’s currently working on her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education at Cal State Northridge. Brandie began her career at UCLA in the Academic Senate Office where she worked on issues including faculty welfare, childcare, diversity, and grievances. She later assisted the Director of Diversity and Faculty Development with coordinating the UCLA Council on Advisors and many other faculty development related programs. Brandie also served as the 2011-2012 President of the UCLA Staff Assembly. In her current role Brandie oversees the UCLA Equity Advisors, ladder faculty recruitment process, Faculty Career Development Award and generates the annual Academic Affirmative Action Plan.
Mr. Klibaner graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communication Studies, along with minors in English and Russian Language. He also received an M.A. from UCLA’s Cinema and Media Studies program in the School of Theater, Film and Television. He is thrilled to stay in the UCLA family and join Vice Chancellor Kang’s and Associate Vice Chancellor Carbado’s teams, assisting with a great variety of projects for all branches of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Dr. Carli Straight is a social psychologist, specializing in the areas of discrimination and prejudice. She has published on the topic of gender differences and similarities in cognitive abilities. Carli brings extensive experience in the field of institutional research, having worked in the California Community College, California State University, and University of California systems. In her role as an institutional researcher, Carli designed and implemented research to inform administrative policy decisions regarding student, staff, and faculty populations. Most recently, Carli was Manager of Research and Analysis in the UCLA Academic Personnel Office. In this role, she designed and led the UCOP-mandated faculty salary equity study, analyzing pay equity on the General Campus and in the School of Medicine. Carli holds a B.A. in psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate University.