This past May, VC Kang invited students to apply for the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Student Advisory Board. Each Board Member has a proven track record of caring deeply about equity and hustling to change the communities and institutions around them for the better. These students will serve as advisors, liaisons, and problem solvers who will support the Office’s mission of building equity for all.
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Student Advisory Board 2016-2017
Favorite thing about UCLA: My favorite thing about UCLA has been the people I have met. While this may sound cliche, I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by brilliant, ambitious and adventurous peers who have challenged me to expand my perspective and focus my intellectual energy. It seems that through every door there are people who are ready to bring positive, progressive optimism to every conversation and cause. I couldn’t enjoy that more.
People might be surprised to know…I am an avid (and yet still intermediate) backpacker! I have hiked over 150 overnight miles across California and the Southwest US this year. I am also secretly trying to learn how to cook…
Junior, Political Science
Favorite thing about UCLA: I love the people. There are enough people that I can meet somebody new almost everyday. I am constantly being offered new perspectives and challenges to what I thought I already knew. It is a gift to be surrounded by so many people I can learn from in an environment that fosters it such as UCLA.
People might be surprised to know…I love to walk on my hands!
Arielle Yael Mokhtarzadeh
Junior, Political Science & Communications
Favorite thing about UCLA: Everyone at UCLA knows what it means to be passionate about something. I am always amazed by students commitments to pursuing their passions.
People might be surprised to know…I can speak four languages: English, Hebrew, Farsi and Spanish.
Junior, Political Science
Minors: Education Studies, Public Affairs
Favorite thing about UCLA: Opportunity. With over 125 majors, 80 minors, 3,000 undergraduate courses, and tons of research funding, the academic opportunities are endless. The location in Los Angeles, CA in addition to the expansive Bruin Family allow for tons of professional and career opportunities. The diversity of this campus provides students the opportunity to be exposed to new, robust narratives and perspectives, which facilitate personal growth.
People might be surprised to know…I am a caffeine fiend because I work for Starbucks and have for the past four years.
Junior, International Development Studies & Asian American Studies
Favorite thing about UCLA: The energy, passion, and vibrancy of the people who make up the Bruin community.
People might be surprised to know…In the last 7 months, I’ve traveled to 12 states and Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. I’ve also never been to IKEA before.
Senior, Psychology & International Development Studies
Favorite thing about UCLA: UCLA is a campus with a very involved student body and student life. Every student has the opportunity to find their niche and make UCLA home. Otherwise, my second favorite thing about campus is Kerckhoff hall! Kerckhoff has the best coffee, the best study spots, and is a great shared spaces with weekly concerts and open mic poetry.
People might be surprised to know…I love hip-hop and R&B and even dabble in some beatboxing (hmu if you’re tryna battle tho).
Junior, Political Science & Statistics
Favorite Thing About UCLA: UCLA is a beacon for student engagement. The opportunity to interact with faculty and students that stem from all parts of the world and all walks of life has allowed me to not only understand the experiences and goals of those I interact with, but better understand my own narrative and ambitions and for that I am truly grateful.
People might be surprised to know that…I love to dabble in improv theater!
Junior, Psychology & Anthropology
Favorite thing about UCLA: I love that everyone at UCLA is passionate about something and is engaged in pursuing their passions.
People might be surprised to know…I love hiking!
Minors: Math, English
Favorite thing about UCLA: This may sound ironic, but what I’ve enjoyed the most about UCLA has actually been the pursuit of solving its problems! Working as a student organizer on campus has provided me with an abundance of outlets for creativity and people-problem solving, and has allowed me to establish a strong network of relationships with like-minded students, staff, and faculty.
People might be surprised to know…I have double-jointed shoulders!
Jacqueline Diaz Madrigal
Junior, Political Science
Minor: Labor Workplace Studies
Favorite thing about UCLA: The lovely weather, and picturesque study spots are just a few of the things that make UCLA stand out. Despite its unique beauty, my favorite thing about my school is definitely the community I’ve developed. As a UCLA student I’ve had the chance to meet the most passionate, driven, and supportive people I consider family. As a student who is not from the Los Angeles area, it was reassuring to know that as soon as I started school I had a support system. After two years of fundraising and advocating, I feel immensely fulfilled. I have so much love for MEChA de UCLA! Also, thanks to fundraising, I am now able to cook Jaiba that my mother can be proud of!
People may be surprised to know…that despite my serious demeanor, I love kids and I make a great babysitter.
Senior, Political Science & Chinese, Pre-Law
Favorite thing about UCLA: The ability to be a part of such incredibly different communities which, whether in small or large ways, impact our lives as Bruins – I’ve been able to proudly say that I am a member of so many various groups that when combined altogether create a rather unique collection of moments and experiences that probably not a lot of other people can say they have exactly as well. I also love the people I’ve met here!
People might be surprised to know…I’ve been on a hip hop dance team here at UCLA for 3 years. Shoutout to VSU Modern!
3rd Year Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering
Favorite thing about UCLA: I love how beautiful and big the campus. Sometimes I just go outside and sit down on one of the benches and enjoy the weather. I love the options of finding hidden spots to read/study or simply relax.
People might be surprised to know…If I was offered a one way trip to Mars, I would take it.
6th Year Ph.D. Student, English
Favorite thing about UCLA: The diversity of the campus community is remarkable. During my time as a student, instructor, and mentor, I have established relationships with students and staff from all walks of life, including first-generation students, former foster youth, nontraditional students, refugees, transfer students, undocumented students, and veterans. I am incredibly grateful to be among individuals that provide necessary and unique histories and perspectives that enrich the UCLA community.
People might be surprised to know…I am a painter and a sculptor.