Center for Diverse Leadership in Science



QSTEM & CDLS Winter Outreach and Research Symposium

Learn about the research and outreach produced by QSTEM and CDLS folks!

Queers in STEM and Center for Diverse Leadership in Science present the Winter Research and Outreach Symposium 2020 on Monday, March 2nd from 2pm-4pm! Through a series of lightning talks, we will celebrate and highlight QSTEM and CDLS folks on their research and outreach.   Light refreshments will be provided. If you plan on attending, please RSVP here....

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CDLS Presents: Obstacles to STEM for Underrepresented POC and Strategies for Diversifying STEM

Featuring a screening of "Can We Talk?" and a facilitated discussion by Kendall Moore, short talks by leaders of STEM initiatives, and a roundtable.

The Center for Diverse Leadership in Science will be having an event on “Obstacles to STEM for Underrepresented POC and Strategies for Diversifying STEM” at UCLA on February 21, 2020. We’ll be screening the award-winning documentary film Can We Talk? by filmmaker and Professor Kendall Moore. Parts of the film have been shown at the National...

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Meet & Greet with Ph.D. Candidate Brandon Hunter, Duke University

Guest speaker Brandon Hunter will give his talk on environmental justice and sanitation solutions

The Environmental Justice Working Group at CDLS invites you to join us in welcoming our guest speaker Brandon Hunter to UCLA for his talk on environmental justice and sanitation solutions on January 17, 2020 at 12:30pm in La Kretz Hall 3rd Floor Large Conference Room. Brandon is a Ph.D. Candidate at Duke University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working on the...

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Roundtable with Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

Join us for a roundtable with Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe on Jan 15 at 9:00 AM in Geology 2655

The Center for Diverse Leadership in Science (CDLS) is holding a roundtable with Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a soil biogeochemist from UC Merced. Please RSVP through this link to join us on Wed, Jan 15 from 9:00 to 9:45 am in Geology 2655 to learn more about Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe and her research. 

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Diversity Matters Roundtables

Intimate discussions led by leaders in science, government and media.

Brought to you by the UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science – the first university-based center dedicated to diversity in green science  – Diversity Matters Roundtables is a forum for all voices to join the table, discuss why diversity matters, and share how we all can accelerate an inclusive green movement. “Why representation matters on a global scale”...

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Diversi-Tea: Experiences of LGBTQ+ in STEM

Discussion around the experiences of LGBTQ+-identifying students, postdocs, and faculty in STEM.

The Center for Diverse Leadership in Science invites you to a Diversi-Tea on Tuesday, May 29 5:00-6:30PM. This week’s discussion will revolve around the experiences of LGBTQ+-identifying (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and more) students, postdocs, and faculty in STEM. Two research papers are attached for your convenience (here and here); however, reading them is not required for participation....

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Climate Justice Forum

Hosted by the Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA

By hosting a Climate Justice Forum, the Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA hopes to accomplish three things: Raise awareness about the contributions that people of color have made to the environmental sustainability movement Reframe the definition and values of mainstream environmentalism to be more inclusive of all underrepresented communities Stimulate critical dialogue about environmental...

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Drilling the City

Join STAND - L.A. and UCLA IoES as we confront the issue of urban oil drilling in Los Angeles.

More than 580,000 people live within a quarter mile of these sites, which bring toxic chemicals and air pollution—posing serious health threats to families, schools and communities. Please join UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and STAND – L.A. for a day of science, empowerment and environmental justice. We’ll explore urban drilling, its public...



Aradhna Tripati in UCLA Newsroom: Professor pays it forward by promoting diversity and environmental justice

Aradhna Tripati places such a high value on diversity, mentorship and community.  To expand her activities, Tripati formed the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science in 2017, creating the first university-based center for diversity in environmental science. Her longstanding dedication to inclusion has inspired donors’ support.


UCLA student and CDLS fellow recognized as 2019 William Sharpe Fellow

Leonard Washington, a Center for Diverse Leadership Fellow and undergraduate business student at UCLA, has been recognized as a 2019 William Share Fellow for Consulting. As a Sharpe Fellow, Lenny represents the top 2% of business students at UCLA. The William Sharpe Fellows Program was created in 2008 to support the career and professional development...


15 Early-Career Fellows Recognized For Their Leadership by CDLS

On November 20, 2019, the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science held a Fall Luncheon for recipients of Leadership Awards for the 2018 – 2019 year. At this celebration, the Center recognized a total of 15 early-career fellows. Early-career fellows received leadership awards for contributions to one or more categories: Community Engagement Programs, Dedication to...


Gefen Skolnick in The Pride LA

Gefen Skolnick spoke to The Pride LA about her experiences at UCLA and beyond. “I also work with the UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science in order to work on similar initiatives, and am doing independent research under the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in order to create tech that is low...


UCLA student Alex Arnold selected for the President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership

Alex Arnold, a Center for Diverse Leadership in Science Fellow and a grad student in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, has been selected for the President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. Last year there were two awards received in the University of California. 


American Elements Funds UCLA Center For Diverse Leadership In Science

PR Newswire reported that American Elements, a manufacturer and supplier of engineered and advanced material products with distribution and manufacturing in Europe, Asia, South America and China, has provided funding for the UCLA IoES Center for Diverse Leadership in Science in support of the growing global focus on green technologies.


Aradhna Tripati named Geological Society of America fellow

Professor Aradhna Tripati was named a Geological Society of America (GSA) fellow at the organization’s spring meeting in April. Founded in 1888, GSA serves geoscientists in academia, government and industry. Fellowships are granted “in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences” including publications, research, teaching and “contributing to public awareness of geology.” Tripati will be...


Student group raises awareness for environmental racism with forum

IoES Center for Diverse Leadership in Science director, Aradhna Tripati spoke at the Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA’s Climate Justice Forum on May 8, 2018. The Daily Bruin highlighted Professor Tripati’s belief that student activism and scientists of color are important in contributing to the environmental science field and that universities should promote diversity in these programs.


Pierce and Keely Shaye Brosnan, Van Jones Honored by UCLA at Rainy Eco-Gala

The Hollywood Reporter featured a story about the March 22nd IoES Sea CO2 Change Gala held at the Pritzker residence. The piece included quotes from board members and honorees (Van Jones, Keely Shaye Brosnan, and Pierce Brosnan) that highlighted environmental activism and diversity. 


Green Science’s White People Problem

Professor Aradhna Tripati shared her experience with systemic racism and how she addresses lack of diversity in environmental science through the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and postdoctoral scholar Jesse Bloom Bateman expressed his thoughts on diversity in research as a person of color in geology to Grist.


Panel discusses importance of diversity in community of scientists

The Daily Bruin covered the IoES’s Center for Diverse Science in Leadership’s inaugural event where scientists from diverse backgrounds spoke about their research and experiences in academia. 


#infiniteLA: UCLA Climate Scientist Aradhna Tripati

“I try to connect the research and education that I do on the environment, climate change and earth science to social justice and to the quest to create a much more inclusive and equitable world.” IoES Faculty Member/ Center for Diverse Leadership in Science Director Aradhna Tripati is featured in The Broad’s #InfiniteLA video series.