diversity & inclusion

Our Commitment

Mathematics is a human activity. We believe that in order to maintain our legacy of excellence in research and education, it all comes down to people – embracing and celebrating our different experiences, cultures and perspectives.

For this reason, we are deeply committed to achieving equity and enhancing diversity among our faculty, students and staff. We foster diversity and inclusion within our department and community, including persons of varying abilities/disabilities, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geographic region, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.  Our department is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented faculty, students and staff specifically from historically underrepresented groups.

2020-2021 diversity efforts in action

  • In Summer 2020, the Department established a new outreach program in collaboration with CSUN, CSU San Bernadino, and Cal State Los Angeles. The objective of the CSU Math Bridge Summer Program is to contribute to the ability and motivation of high-potential Cal State students to apply to PhD programs in math. Based on UCLA’s campus, the five-week program includes short courses of guided reading and problem solving, and a course of preparation for the math subject GRE. This year, six students successfully completed the program and intend to take the GRE in the fall.
  • Professor Inwon Kim has been selected to be the Department’s first ombudsperson, an independent person (with a less official role) who may act as a mediator for any grievances, instances of discrimination, or sexual harassment. Please reach out by emailing ombuds[at]math.ucla.edu. For more information about the role of an ombudsperson, please visit: http://www.ombuds.ucla.edu/FAQ.htm 
  • The Department has formed a new committee for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) comprised of faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and graduate students. Its task is to initiate and coordinate EDI efforts by working to improve departmental climate and to create more inclusive physical and virtual spaces. The committee is the point of contact for everybody in the Department who wants to bring forward concerns or mention ideas and suggestions related to EDI and information policy. Please submit your suggestions/feedback to our Feedback Form.
  • The Department will host the 2021 WimSoCal Symposium for Women in Mathematics. WimSoCal is hosted by a different University each year with the goal of bringing together women mathematicians from the Southern California region in order to nurture collaborations and provide a framework for mentoring. More details will be announced shortly.
  • Looking ahead, the Department is preparing for its new David Harold Blackwell Summer Research Institute which will take place on the UCLA and UC Berkeley campuses. This six-week competitive summer activity is designed to provide research experience to talented undergraduate students who aspire to obtain PhD’s in the mathematical sciences, and guide them to a path towards the most competitive graduate programs in the country. This program is a collaboration between the UC Berkeley EECS department, the UCLA Math department and the Stanford bioengineering department.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN

Women in Math (WIM) at the UCLA math department is an informal group of women graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and visitors.  They regularly hold lunches, dinners, and other social gatherings with the goal of fostering community and providing support for the women in the department.

  • The Women in Math Mentorship Program provides undergraduate women who are interested in or pursuing careers in mathematics with access to advising by current female graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
  • The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is a non-profit organization founded in 1971.  The AWM currently has more than 3500 members representing a broad spectrum of the mathematical community — from the United States and around the world. They offer resources for mathematicians at all levels including K-12 students and teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, post docs and academics. 
    • List of AWM Research Networks: https://awmadvance.org/research-networks/

INVOLVEMENT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

We were represented at the 2019 SACNAS Conference (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) as one of the two mini-courses of the Modern Math Workshop. SACNAS is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country; a 3-day conference which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.

Our department was also represented at the 2019 Field of Dream Conference, hosted by The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. This annual conference brings together faculty in the mathematical sciences with students from backgrounds underrepresented in those fields.

Additional Resources

Student organizations that support students from all backgrounds flourish within the division of Physical Sciences:

Data Science Union

The Data Science Union at UCLA is a organization whose prime aim is the further the intuitive knowledge of individuals interested in Data Science.

Queers in STEM (qSTEM)

QSTEM is a student-run organization based out of UCLA. It has become a space for diversity & inclusion advocacy centering LGBTQ+ and intersecting communities.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Fostering the success of science students, postdocs and professionals by providing a forum for academic, social and community activities and services.

STEM Transfer Community

Informs, empowers, and unites STEM transfer students at UCLA.

Undergraduate Mathematics Student Association

Open to anyone interested in mathematics.

For the full list of student organizations within the Physicial Sciences division, visit: https://www.physicalsciences.ucla.edu/physical-sciences-student-organizations/

  • The Center for Minorities in the Mathematical Science (CMMS) was created by a small but passionate group of minority mathematicians united towards achieving the following goals for minorities in the mathematical sciences through sharing information, ideas, and resources. https://minoritymath.org/
  • Lathisms (Latinx and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences) was founded in 2016. Its goal is to provide an accessible platform that features the multifaceted and diverse nature of the Latinx and Hispanic mathematics community and inspire the younger generation of Latinx mathematicians. https://www.lathisms.org/
  • Math Alliance‘s commitment is to build a national community of students, faculty, and staff who will work together to transform departments, colleges, and universities into institutions where all students are welcome. Their mentors come from a variety of schools all over the country through their Alliance Scholars program. https://mathalliance.org/
  • MATHAD is dedicated to promoting and highlighting the contributions of members of the African diaspora to mathematics, especially contributions to current mathematical research. https://www.mathad.com
  • The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) is a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership open to all persons interested in promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities. https://www.nam-math.org/
  • Spectra is a resource that arose from a need for recognition and community for Gender and Sexual Minority mathematicians and their allies. http://lgbtmath.org/