Discover the latest news on equity, diversity, and inclusion in medicine and our community.
On November 1, E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, a distinguished endocrinologist with a lengthy record as a researcher and clinician and as a mentor to young scientists, was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and executive medical director of the UCLA Health System’s Department of Medicine.
On October 18, Dr. Keith Norris was elected into the National Academy of Medicine.
On September 15, 2021, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) named Dr. Alejandra Casillas, assistant professor-in-residence of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as one of its Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars to study ways to improve health for all.
On May 26, 2020, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block issued the following statement to the UCLA community in response to the recent Anti-Semetic attacks.
On May 24, 2020, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block issued the following statement to the UCLA community, reflecting on the one year anniversary of George Floyd's murder.
On May 4, 2020, the California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state would be awarding Drs. Brown and Norris a $20 million contract to continue their work in this arena.
Cynthia Gonzalez, a member of our board, and director of Pardee RAND Graduate School's Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream, talks about her passion and insights for the school and why it is time for a new approach to community well-being.
On April 20, 2020, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block issued the following statement to the UCLA community in response to Derek Chauvin's conviction and moving forward.
The Moreno Recommendations Implementation Committee announces the publication of our Final Report (PDF) concerning the progress of UCLA’s implementation of the Moreno Report, which is available on the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s website. The Moreno Recommendations Implementation Committee (MRIC) was created to monitor and assess UCLA’s activities, progress, and challenges regarding implementation of the Moreno Committee recommendations.
The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has launched a new center to promote the health of sexual and gender minorities through research and partnerships with the LGBTQ community, community-based organizations, public health officials and policymakers in Los Angeles and beyond.
As President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepare for a new national administration, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA has issued new research underscoring the grievous segregation of Black students and calling on the new administration to act to fulfill the promise of the landmark Brown v. Board of education ruling as pledged in the Democratic campaign.
The Food and Drug Administration could vote as soon as Thursday to approve a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer for emergency use authorization in the United States. Consider this from NPR features FDA head Dr. Stephen Hahn, Renee DiResta of the Stanford Internet Observatory and our very own Dr. Keith Norris.
How does one create a more equitable learning environment? Anna Spain Bradley, UCLA’s new vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, has been thinking a lot about this question. Despite the political polarization of our time, Spain Bradley – a scholar of international law, global racism and human rights – says it’s imperative that we sit down and have conversations with people we disagree with.
Dear Bruin Community:
I am pleased to announce that Chandra Bhatnagar has been selected to serve as the inaugural assistant vice chancellor for civil rights within the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He will start January 25, 2021.
The UCLA School of Education and Information Studies has launched Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology, an important research initiative to diversify computing and technology, with an intensive focus on the recruitment of women and people of color into computing education and technology career pathways.
Strategies for combatting disparities in care include deploying community health workers to help patients navigate services or secure affordable services and integrating oral health into efforts aimed at improving the health of disadvantaged groups, the researchers say.
UCLA Health believes a diverse and inclusive health care workforce and environment results in better care, service and health outcomes for our patients. We also believe that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion will result in greater productivity, innovation and engagement of our faculty, staff, trainees, students and volunteers.
As UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies program celebrates two decades, seven scholars take a close look at these challenging times
To close that gender gap, Girls Who Invest, which began at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, developed and runs a program offering intensive classes taught by prominent faculty members. In the summer of 2020, the UCLA Anderson Fink Center for Finance hosted the Girls Who Invest program at UCLA Anderson remotely.
The UCLA International Institute in partnership with the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars, UCLA Residential Life, UCLA Library and UCLA Study Abroad will present International Education Week 2020, an initiative of the U.S. departments of education and state. From Nov. 16–20, there will be a variety of virtual events to celebrate international education.
American Indians and Alaska Natives are often underrepresented in health research because of narrow definitions for race and ethnicity in national and state surveys.
Across the University of California, students, staff and faculty have advocated for changes to make UC more equitable and inclusive. In a significant step toward this goal, President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has announced a new presidential policy to ensure that all individuals are identified by their accurate gender identity and lived or preferred name on university-issued documents and in UC’s information systems.
Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter sent the following message to the UCLA campus community on Nov. 4.
On Nov. 1, University of California President Dr. Michael Drake posted the following message about the election for the entire UC community.
The UCLA American Indian Studies Center has launched an online interactive hate crime map to help track such incidents across the U.S. The new website is intended to supplement reporting on such crimes, both by inviting submissions from people who have experienced such crimes and by tracking published accounts from news sources.
At UCLA Health, we believe a diverse and inclusive health care workforce and environment results in better care, service and health outcomes of our patients. We also believe that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) will result in greater satisfaction, engagement and innovation from our staff.
The Association of Indonesian Americans, founded in January, hopes to empower and educate Indonesian American students at UCLA. Meanwhile, the Burmese Student Association, which was revived this fall, will encourage Burmese students to celebrate Burmese holidays and help Burmese students in high school reach higher education.
Over the course of several decades, many Filipino Bruins have been united by a single cause: to develop Pilipino studies at UCLA. The establishment of the Pilipino studies minor, which students can declare for the first time this fall, is one of many achievements Pilipino studies advocates have accomplished throughout the decades.
The center this year added ‘Q’ for queer to its name to reclaim the former slur as a term of inclusion
Amid a pandemic that is hitting communities of color and tribal communities hardest, and following a summer of calls for racial justice in the United States, leaders in UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center have rallied around a singular focus: centering Native voices, Native experiences and Native perspectives within the larger cultural moment the nation is struggling through.
A nationwide study released Friday by researchers at UCLA has found that health inequities can be measured in children as young as 5 years old, with 30% of children in the lowest-income neighborhoods vulnerable in one more areas of health development compared with 17% of children in higher-income settings.
It’s now the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano and Central American Studies. Adding “Central American” to the Chicana and Chicano studies department name recognizes students and faculty from a region whose individual cultures are often overlooked.
A new website known as the Movement Hub was developed by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK) to serve as a centralized platform to amplify on-the-ground activism and organizing by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The website offers resources for and by AAPI organizations to promote cross-racial unity.
The potential acceleration of job automation spurred by COVID-19 will disproportionately affect Latinos in U.S. service sector jobs, according to a new UCLA report, which also urges state and local officials to start planning now to implement programs to support and retrain these workers.
Update from leadership outlines progress that has been made and highlights several new initiatives
In order to draw connections among unique, but interlinked, anti-racist struggles in the context of the global histories of colonialism, imperialism and internationalism, International Institute faculty have created the “Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives ” webinar series for the 2020–21 academic year.
AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, issued the following statement on the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (issued on Sept. 22).
The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., to serve as the eighth chancellor of the California State University. He is the first California native and first Mexican American to be appointed to oversee the 23-campus university.
The report, a novel-length and heavily footnoted volume called “No Going Back,” is part academic treatise and part manifesto, painting a dark picture of racial and economic inequity and recommending a sweeping overhaul of the systems that it holds responsible.
BruinX and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion proudly launch our BruinX Quarantine Recommendations series! Set to be released regularly, these handy resource documents will provide the UCLA community with a series of tips, recommendations, and activities to enrich and hopefully brighten your day during quarantine — all in the spirit of growing, learning, and healing together.
It is a privilege to announce that Dr. Daniel Kozman has been named as an Assistant Dean of Equity and Diversity Inclusion (EDI) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, joining Dr. Kathleen Brown who also serves as Assistant Dean for EDI. Dr. Kozman will work on providing guidance and leading activities to advance equity and diversity inclusion with a focus on medical students. (Message from Lynn Gordon, MD, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, DGSOM EDI)
To help UCLA become a more equitable institution, to build upon our support for Black scholarship and teaching, and to help enhance the campus climate for all Black Bruins and their allies, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Vickie Mays as Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Black Life.
A first-year resident who was fired in 2018 from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio after her anti-Semitic tweets were discovered has now permanently lost her ability to practice medicine. Lara Kollab posted anti-Semitic hate speech, referred to Jewish people as dogs, downplayed the Holocaust, and threatened to "purposely give all the yahood [sic] the wrong meds." Yahud is the Arabic word for Jews.
If higher education can be thought of as a superhighway to success and social mobility, Black women have always had to manufacture their own vehicles to access it. They must navigate a system whose fastest on-ramps, most well-maintained lanes, bridges and sources of replenishment were founded and structured to best support those who are white, or male, or both.
Today is Women’s Equality Day, which marks the date the 19th Amendment was certified by the Secretary of State. In honor of the 100th anniversary of that milestone, we celebrate five African American women highlighted in DuBois’ book — each of whom played a critical role in the fight for women’s suffrage. They are listed here in order of their birth years.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently joined other prominent medical organizations in confronting its history of discrimination. “Physicians are no different from other Americans who harbor biases,” said Dr. Wailoo, whose research focuses on race and the history of medicine. “We expect doctors to speak on the basis of science, but they’re embedded in culture in the same way everyone else is.”
Against the backdrop of a pandemic inflicting disproportionate physical and economic pain on communities of color, and an overdue reckoning with America's long history of systemic inequity and structural racism, the RAND Corporation is launching the RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy.
A new study of the magnitude, pattern and causes of COVID-19’s impact on California housing reveals that Blacks and Latinos are more than twice as likely as whites to be experiencing rent-related hardships.
Dellara Gorjian, a 2020 graduate of UCLA School of Law, has received the UC President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership for her advocacy on behalf of DACA recipients. The award was announced by President Janet Napolitano at the July 30 UC Regents meeting.
A new UCLA study using data from unemployment claims, the Current Population Survey, and from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that Asian Americans are suffering financially more than whites amid the pandemic, and that related xenophobia has harmed Asian-owned businesses.
African American Studies Professor Patricia Turner reflects fondly on getting to spend time with the civil rights icon, who was one of her heroes.
The University of California Board of Regents announced today the appointment of Dr. Michael Drake as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three nationally affiliated labs, more than 280,000 students and 230,000 faculty and staff.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter issued the following statement to the UCLA community, outlining upcoming actions and initiatives to ensure racial justice and lasting change on campus.
University of California President Janet Napolitano, all 10 UC chancellors and John A. Pérez, chair of the UC Board of Regents, sent a message to the entire UC community expressing their support for the Supreme Court decision issued June 18 upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.
The Supreme Court has ruled that LGBTQ people cannot be fired because of their sexual orientation or because they are transgender as a matter of federal law, affirming legal protections from job discrimination for millions of people.
Chancellor Block and Executive Vice Chancellor Carter announce the appointment of Anna Spain Bradley as UCLA’s vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, effective September 1, 2020.
UCLA Staff Assembly has pledged to match all UCLA staff donations to any organization doing the work of antiracism (in any amount and up to $1,000).
A child of immigrants, Melissa Rios learned early on how ‘education, poverty and health are inextricably linked’
NPR’s analysis shows just how stark the impact has been on African-Americans and Latinos. Experts say the pandemic will go on — for everyone — unless we direct resources where they’re most needed.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Jerry Kang issued the following statement to the UCLA community in response to recent changes to Title IX regulations.
Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, spoke with AAMCNews about how term limits, particularly at the department chair level, are needed to diversify leadership in academic medicine.
Courage and Curiosity Create an Inclusive Workplace and Better Patient Care.
From January 27 – January 31, 2020, UCLA will celebrate First-Generation Awareness Week, bringing to light and recognizing the 9,000-plus UCLA students who self-report as first-generation college students.
AAMC leadership and board of directors call on medical schools and teaching hospitals to identify and address gender inequities in academic medicine.
Taking effect on November 4, 2019, the “legal name” field has been removed from the back of students’ UCLA BruinCards.
From racial epithets to homophobic slurs, providers have long suffered patient bias. Now, medicals schools and teaching hospitals are saying “no more” with powerful steps to protect students and staff.
Academic medical centers must embrace equity-mindedness and conscious inclusion if they are to realize the full benefits of a diverse workforce.
The U.S. still has a long way to go with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion
UCLA Anderson student clubs explore diversity through regional cuisine at the annual International Food Festival
Students and residents with disabilities have an important role to play in health care. An AAMC report outlines promising practices for medical schools and teaching hospitals to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment.
UCLA Anderson Class of 2021 MBAs learned about and celebrated one of the lunar calendar’s most auspicious events UCLA Anderson’s full-time MBA Class of 2021 celebrated the 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival at an inaugural event supported by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Global Management, MBA Student Affairs, Anderson Eats and Greater China Business Association.
PEN America, a nonprofit organization working to defend and celebrate free expression in the United States and worldwide, recently published their Campus Free Speech Guide. This valuable resource for faculty, staff, and students provides practical, principled guidance for how campuses can best remain open to all voices.