The Discrimination Prevention Office (DPO) opened in Fall 2014 in response to the Moreno Report.
DPO investigates reports of discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, and other categories protected by law and University policy. Typically, we investigate complaints brought by any member of the community (for example, students, staff or faculty) against faculty members. In certain cases, DPO also investigates complaints brought against entities or individuals who are not faculty. For example, under UCLA Policy 240, DPO may investigate reports of discrimination or harassment involving conduct that negatively impacts the campus climate related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Besides investigating complaints, DPO is charged with developing and clarifying University policies and procedures on discrimination and harassment.
DPO also provides education, training, and guidance to UCLA faculty and members of the campus leadership about discrimination and harassment.
To learn more about discrimination, its effects, and how to prevent it, please visit DPO’s resource page, “Learn.”
DPO can be reached at:
Dion Cherie Fountaine Raymond, J.D.
Discrimination Prevention Officer and Discrimination Prevention Coordinator
Ms. Raymond has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate Degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an experienced trial attorney with civil and criminal trial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment law, personal injury, and criminal defense. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and an active member of the State Bar of California.
Lillie Hsu, J.D.
Discrimination Prevention Officer
Ms. Hsu received her bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University and her J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she focused on race and gender issues and organized the Third National Conference of Women of Color and the Law. After serving as a judicial clerk in federal trial and appellate courts in California, she practiced civil litigation and appellate law for many years at major law firms in Los Angeles. She represented many public entities, including the Regents of the University of California, and handled cases in areas ranging from employment and civil rights to contract, medical malpractice and antitrust, including in the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. She also taught for four years as a full-time lecturer in the Lawyering Skills Clinical Program at UCLA School of Law, and is happy to return to being a Bruin. Ms. Hsu is an Association of Workplace Investigators member and Certificate Holder, and an active member of the State Bar of California.
Josiah Jenkins, J.D.
Mr. Jenkins investigates discrimination complaints brought against faculty members. Before working for UCLA, Mr. Jenkins was an attorney at Goldman & Ehrlich, a boutique law firm in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in employment discrimination litigation. Mr. Jenkins has litigated employment discrimination cases in both state and federal courts, and before the Federal Sector of the EEOC. He is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, an international professional association that seeks to promote and enhance the quality of workplace investigations. Josiah earned his Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he graduated cum laude. He is admitted to the bar of the state of Illinois and of the federal courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Western District of Michigan.
Nicole Lewis, J.D.
A Louisiana native, Nicole Lewis graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property. Ms. Lewis joined the Discrimination Prevention Office with a wealth of professional litigation and technological support experience. Having spent several years as a legal administrator for a boutique law firm specializing in business and family law litigation, Nicole manages the day-to-day operations for DPO in matters ranging from complaint intake, maintaining databases and communication systems, and serving as a liaison to other EDI department staff and projects.
Laura Siegel, J.D.
Ms. Siegel assists the Discrimination Prevention Officers in investigating complaints, developing University policies and procedures relating to discrimination, and special projects. Ms. Siegel received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.