2013 UCLA Diversity Symposium

About the Symposium


Please join us for the First Annual UCLA Diversity Symposium taking place during May 11th through 18th, 2013. The Symposium consists of a week-long series of academic and non-academic programs, including keynote speakers, lectures, film screenings, workshops, performances, art exhibits, and service opportunities all sponsored by UCLA student organizations, departments, and academic units. The range of events (i.e., lectures, film screenings, service projects, etc.), both academic and non-academic, is meant to create opportunities for everyone, including students, staff, faculty, to become involved in a united effort diversity and inclusion on campus. Although the Diversity Symposium officially takes place during one week in May, we also include a number of “pre-symposium” and “post-symposium” events to allow for reflection and build a sustained commitment to diversity that we hope will be carried throughout the year.


“Our Stories: Recognizing and Embracing Our Differences”

UCLA has always been proud of our diverse student body and has continued to show a commitment to diversity and inclusion. However, past and current issues have proven the need for a continued investment in compassionate and socially just diversity work. Thus, the Diversity Symposium was born from this critical need for dialogue and engagement across differences amongst students, faculty and staff.

For our inaugural theme, we chose to focus on OUR community through sharing OUR stories, and OUR voices here at UCLA. Sharing our stories empowers us to use our voices, and listening to others’ stories challenges us to widen our perspectives and expand our worldviews.

However, listening is not enough. We must grow through engaging with people different from ourselves, which is challenging in today’s divisive climate. We were inspired by the poet Audre Lorde, who once wrote, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Our hope is that sharing stories will challenge us to embrace each other and allow for transformative growth in which our differences do not divide us, but make us stronger.

Planning Committee

The symposium planning committee works collaboratively through the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to support the campus effort to develop, promote, and implement programs and events that speak to a diversity of constituencies and incorporates a breadth of topic areas that include race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social class, nationality/immigration status, mental/physical health, disability issues, and environmental justice and sustainability. The campus-wide diversity symposium was created as a key piece of the Chancellor’s Principles of Community Initiative to achieve many of the intended outcomes outlined in the Communities in Conflict in the Modern World General Education proposal. For more information about the Principles of Community Initiative, please go to: www.studentaffairs.ucla.edu/diversity.html

Campus Partners and Sponsors

  • Academic Advancement Program (AAP)
  • American Indian Student Association (AISA)
  • Bruin Guardian Scholars Student Group (BGS)
  • Bruin Leaders Project (BLP)
  • Bruin Resource Center (BRC)
  • Campus Assault Resources and Education Program (CARE)
  • Campus Walks
  • Career Center
  • Center for Southeast Asian Studies
  • Center for Student Programming (CSP)
  • Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Clothesline Project
  • Community Programs Office (CPO)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Cultural Affair Commission (CAC), Undergraduate Students Association (USAC)
  • Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
  • Dean of Students Office (DOS)
  • Dining
  • Disability Studies Minor
  • Empowering Pacific Island Communities (EPIC)
  • External Vice President’s Office, Undergraduate Students Association (USAC)
  • First Year Experience
  • Freshman 15
  • Graduate Division
  • Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS)
  • Graduate Student Association in Education (GSAE)
  • Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)
  • Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI)
  • Intergroup Relations Program (IGR)
  • LeaderSHIP
  • Leadership & Development Training Committee
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Campus Resource Center (LGBTCRC)
  • Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • NRHH Leadership Committee
  • Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
  • Office of Diversity and Faculty Development
  • Office of Residential Life (ORL)
  • Office of the President, Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC)
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • ORL Social Justice Network
  • Pacific Islands’ Education Retention (PIER)
  • Pacific Islands’ Student Association (PISA)
  • Raza GSA
  • Recreation
  • Scholarship Resource Center
  • Social Welfare Latina/o Caucus
  • Student Legal Services
  • Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
  • UCLA Athletics
  • University Religious Conference
  • Vietnamese Student Union (VSU)

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