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Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive Leadership Framework


Advancing equity, diversity and inclusion requires consistent and committed leadership at every level of the university. Inclusive leadership sets forth expectations for all leaders to serve our community with a deep commitment to modeling UCLA’s values by treating everyone with respect and dignity. Inclusive leaders foster a climate where everyone, whether students in a course, or members on a team, or faculty members in a department, are authentically valued, acknowledged and included.

The UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is embracing an inclusive leadership model. Meet the members of our EDI Leadership Team, who advance subject-matter expertise and oversight over key areas of the EDI mission. The EDI Leadership Team meets regularly to engage in collaborative decision making and to provide strategic advice to Vice Chancellor Spain Bradley on the EDI mission.

The EDI Leadership Team embraces the following tenets of inclusive leadership:

  • Collaboration and cooperation as a leadership team
  • Commitment to being a mission-driven organization
  • Continual learning to improve cultural awareness and reduce bias in our leadership
  • Promote a healthy organizational culture within EDI
  • Uphold dignity in all that we do

Meet the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s Leadership Team

Yonit Kovnator
ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer Yonit Kovnator
I monitor all aspects of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and related law, as well as serve as a resource to the UCLA community on compliance with disability related issues. I love that through my work with EDI, I get to dedicate my time to ensuring UCLA is fully inclusive and meeting the needs of community members with disabilities.
chandra bhatnagar
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights Chandra Bhatnagar
I lead the EDI-Civil Rights Office (CRO), which includes the Discrimination Prevention Office, the Title IX Office, and the Staff Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Office. I am also the Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for UCLA’s campus and for UCLA Health and, working with the members of the CRO team, am responsible for ensuring that UCLA remains in compliance with all of its civil rights obligations under Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/504. Most importantly, every day, I work to advance equality for all members of the UCLA community with the goal of ensuring that all Bruins can study, work, and live free from discrimination, harassment and sexual violence.
avc for edi mitchell chang
Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Mitchell Chang
I advance the EDI mission by promoting and innovating our research-driven efforts on advancing faculty diversity. I serve as a liaison with the Academic Senate, provide support for Program Reviews, represent UCLA EDI at the University of California’s Advancing Faculty Diversity initiative. My work is informed by my research expertise as a Professor of Education and Asian American Studies on the educational efficacy of diversity-related initiatives and how to apply those best practices toward advancing student learning and democratizing institutions.
dion raymond
Discrimination Prevention Office Director Dion Cherie Raymond
I lead EDI’s efforts to prevent discrimination and oversee the civil rights investigatory team that assesses and responds to complaints brought against faculty and other academic personnel. My choice to enter the legal profession was seeded and inspired by my activism as an undergraduate at UCLA where I served as the chair of the Black Student Alliance (now ASU). I also support campus stakeholders in our mission to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.
lillie hsu
Educational Initiatives Director Lillie Hsu
I lead educational initiatives to give UCLA community members the tools to build an equitable and inclusive environment, so that every one of us can bring our full selves to work and academic life. When everyone is respected and valued, it empowers all of us to do our best work and contribute fully to the mission of UCLA.
linda clowers
Research and Bruin Engagement Office Director Linda Clowers
My role is to leverage the experience and expertise of the R&BE team to translate evidence-based research into recommended “best practices” to advance UCLA’s EDI mission; develop and implement EDI programming that both celebrates diversity and fosters a sense of belonging among UCLA students, faculty, and staff; and curate web-based educational resources, including practical tools to help various members of the UCLA community in their efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. At the center of this work is maintaining an active EDI Network in which members of the UCLA community can meaningfully connect to engage in dialogue, advocacy, and programming to create spaces to promote UCLA’s EDI mission.
brandie kirkpatrick
Research and Bruin Engagement Office Deputy Director Brandie Kirkpatrick
I Iead institutional transformation efforts through an equity lens. I have a passion for employing evidence-based research to strategically inform policies and initiatives aimed at improving campus climate and culture at UCLA.
adriana ovalle-stevenson
Staff Diversity & Compliance Office Director Adriana Ovalle Stevenson
I seek to make individuals (both the community we serve and also SD&C team members) heard and feel valued so that they feel invested in our work and our process. I’m furthering these goals by supporting my team in whatever way allows them to best succeed in their respective roles, and supporting the EDI mission by addressing staff civil rights complaints in a way that’s not only compliant with university policy and relevant laws, but also in a way that is humane and effective.
mohammed cato
Title IX Director Mohammed Cato
I aim to serve as a role model of the behaviors conducive to establishing an environment of inclusivity, respect and social perspective taking. I also assist members in understanding and navigating the landscape of civil rights and community expectations. I work to ensure that all members are treated fairly and respectfully when participating in the EDI process.
candi smiley
Title IX Deputy Director Candi N. Smiley
I lead by planting seeds of cultural change through education and endeavoring to create a safer environment, now, by holding individuals accountable through investigations.
vice chancellor of equity, diversity and inclusion anna spain bradley
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Anna Spain Bradley
As UCLA’s VC-EDI and chief diversity officer, I lead the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s mission to advance strategies for enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion and uphold civil rights protections for the entire UCLA community. I also provide strategic advice and engagement on university matters as a member of UCLA’s senior leadership team. I believe in the foundational principle of dignity, that every person has inherent value and deserves to be treated as such.