Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Fostering a community of inclusion.

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The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health leads initiatives that promote goals and values at the core of UCLA Fielding’s mission — fostering a community of inclusion where historically and socially marginalized and underserved students, staff, and faculty are represented, heard, and respected; and preparing public health leaders equipped to meet the challenges of working in global and fast-evolving environments. Through wide-ranging efforts, the office contributes to a culture at UCLA Fielding that acknowledges higher education’s history of structural racism, anti-Blackness, white privilege, and exclusionary practice while pursuing transformational change toward a more equitable system and inclusive space. These initiatives fall into four categories: 

Pathways and Recruitment

FSPH seeks to create robust pathways for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) undergraduates, graduates, and post-graduate students into public health programs and careers. UCLA Fielding aims to further diversify the school community at all levels by improving recruitment and retention of BIPOC students, faculty, and staff. 

Community and Belonging

FSPH promotes community by enhancing faculty, student, and staff awareness and understanding of frames of difference that include dimensions such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, language, nationality, citizenship status, and place of origin. The school builds a culture of belonging for faculty, students, and staff, with a focus on honoring BIPOC community members’ self-worth and self-efficacy. 

Teaching and Development

FSPH provides a foundation of understanding to address racism and privilege through training of all UCLA Fielding community members. 

Infrastructure and Policy

FSPH seeks to create a sustainable infrastructure, equipped with resources and funding to implement and maintain systemic change. 

  • EDI Committee 

    The EDI Committee oversees the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's priorities for the academic year, from development to evaluation. The committee is composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives from FSPH’s five academic departments. It meets monthly and is open to all students, staff, and faculty. 

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  • EDI STEPS Program

    UCLA Fielding’s EDI office hosts an annual summer pre-matriculation program, known as EDI STEPS Program, for incoming full-time, first-year public health students. The STEPS program is designed to usher  a  Successful Transition for  Educational excellence and Professional  Satisfaction. It is open to students with diverse backgrounds, including those from under-represented groups (such as BIPOC, first-generation, and minority students). STEPS takes places during the second week of September and includes academic preparedness workshops, professional development programming, and self-care activities helping to prepare incoming students for their academic journey at FSPH.

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  • EDI Fellowship 

    The FSPH EDI Fellowship provides students with the opportunity to become EDI Fellows and serve as public health community liaisons working to address and support equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus and in their communities through advocacy, empowerment, and education. Select EDI Fellows also receive compensation for their community work. 

    From the moment students enroll in FSPH, the Office of EDI works with them to define their vision of success and help them achieve that goal. That support continues after students have graduated from UCLA Fielding, through continuing mentorship and counseling available to all who seek it. 

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  • Meet the Team
    Janae Hubbard

    Assistant Dean
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    Courtney S. Thomas Tobin

    Associate Dean
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