This past Spring we invited students to apply for the 2018-2019 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.
Learn more about the Student Advisory Board:
Student Advisory Board 2018-2019
Ah Lim Lee
Senior, Political Science & Economics, Pre-Law
Favorite thing about UCLA: I imagine most people will give this answer, but truly, my favorite thing about UCLA is the people I have met here. I have met my closest friends, the kindest and wisest mentors, and the most inspiring student leaders and advocates here at UCLA, who, outside of my family, have been some of the most important influences in changing and shaping the way I think and the person I am today.
People might be surprised to know…I have only had a chance to live in my home country (South Korea) for one and a half year in my entire life. For the remaining 19 years, I spent 17 in Indonesia and the past two in Los Angeles. On the other hand, when I am stressed out I have a habit of making tons of different schedules (e.g. Google calendar, daily planners, to-do lists on sticky notes).
Betelhem (Betty) Kifle
MS3, Medical Degree
Favorite thing about UCLA: The diversity that exists within my class and the variety of perspectives I encounter during each of my discussions with my colleagues due to this diverse background of experiences.
People might be surprised to know…I love Bollywood movies and music.
2L, School of Law
Favorite Thing About UCLA: Opportunity – I’ve been so blessed to call UCLA a home for both my undergraduate and graduate careers. Here, I’ve been able to embrace so many wonderful opportunities to grow and heal along with my peers, and learn more about myself in the myriad of ways in which UCLA opens up the world to you.
People might be surprised to know that…I was on a competitive hip hop dance team at UCLA for 3 years! Although unfortunately I can no longer move my body in that way whatsoever now.
Senior, Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Favorite Thing About UCLA: The people, the ability to create opportunities and the passion of the students here. Regardless of the issue, the stance or the topics, people are passionate and I think some motivation can be drawn from it.
People might be surprised to know that…I did a cross country road trip and tried as many random coffee shops as possible because I love the taste of a good cup of coffee.
Junior, Asian American Studies
Favorite thing about UCLA: I am always inspired, uplifted, and empowered by the amazing leaders I have met and continue to meet throughout campus. Also close to my heart is the UCLA queer and trans community; I would not be here today without their support.
People might be surprised to know…I have a twin who goes to USC! Let me know if you see them around.
3rd Year J.D. Student, Specialization in Critical Race Studies
Favorite thing about UCLA: There is an incredible amount of opportunity here, you simply need to go out and find it! From all of the amazing causes and projects you can become involved with to having some of the world’s greatest minds always at your fingertips, UCLA is bursting with ways to not only improve yourself, but to help elicit positive change in the world while doing it.
People might be surprised to know…I have an allergy to undercooked beef! (…and about 100 other things too!)
3rd Year Ph.D. Student, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Favorite thing about UCLA: I really appreciate the sense of community that I have experienced on campus. Not just within my department, but across disciplines I have found students and faculty excited when presented with opportunities to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects. As a graduate student, it has been really refreshing to see my colleagues working together and supporting one another and I am really thankful that UCLA fosters such an inclusive environment.
People might be surprised to know…I have a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.
M.B.A. Student, Class of 2019, FEMBA
Favorite thing about UCLA: The immense pride and honor that people take in being a part of this community. From brand new undergraduates to seasoned faculty, people cherish being a Bruin and work hard to uphold the values of this community. I’m proud to be part of this family and look forward to making it even better over the coming year.
People might be surprised to know…I have been to Istanbul 5 times and I still don’t think I’m done yet. I did research on gender equity during my college days and just completed a fellowship at the UNDP Istanbul office. If you need travel tips for Turkey, I’m your girl!
Ph.D. Candidate, 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.
Favorite thing about UCLA: My favorite thing about UCLA is all the supportive student groups I have joined. The friendships and mentorship has changed my entire experience for the better. I have grown so much from the support of all my peers at and I strongly believe learning to grow from others has been the most valuable takeaway from my time here so far!
People might be surprised to know…I used to be a competitive artistic roller figure skater!
Sophomore, Political Science
Favorite thing about UCLA: I am grateful for UCLA’s incredibly supportive atmosphere. Making the transition from living at home to supporting yourself on-campus is a daunting experience for many college freshman; it was no different for me. But with the encouragement and inspiration of my friends and mentors, I am able to confidently say that I have grown tremendously on both an academic and personal level. The Bruin community is a positive presence in the lives of UCLA students and faculty. That is my favorite aspect of this amazing institution.
People might be surprised to know…I can sing every song from Hamilton: An American Musical.