Center for Diverse Leadership in Science


Veterans in STEM

Veterans in STEM (VSTEM) is a group of veteran and military connected students building a community of student veterans and alumni majoring in STEM. VSTEM is supported by the UCLA…

climate currents

Climate Currents

Climate Currents is a student-created publication that features diverse perspectives throughout environmental science. A team of 9 early career fellows give voice to those experiencing climate change and other environmental…

diversitea & courageous coffee

DiversiTEA & Courageous Coffee

Our institutions suffer from racism, sexual harassment, and income disparities. We recognize the need to discuss difficult and sensitive topics with one another in order to address the dominant culture…

environmental justice and first nations

Environmental Justice and First Nations

We created Environmental Justice and First Nations as a way to recognize and amplify the voices of Indigenous people. This program aims to recruit and retain Indigenous students in STEM…


Environmental Science Without Borders

Environmental Science Without Borders (ESWB) is an international peer-mentorship program where students and scientists from different countries come together and learn from one another in environmental fields. ESWB was created…

inclusive sustainability collective

Inclusive Sustainability Collective

The Inclusive Sustainability Collective at CDLS was created by, and structured for, people with various backgrounds and identities to increase sustainability efforts at UCLA and the Los Angeles Community at…

k-12 outreach

K-12 Outreach

Focused on education, inclusion, and empowerment, CDLS fellows design immersive lesson plans and hands-on science experiments for K-12 students in California and other regions. Our K-12 outreach team serves as…

queer and trans in stem

Queer and Trans in STEM

Our partner organization, Queer and Trans in STEM (QTSTEM), was formed by Andrea O’Riordan, Jeremy Engels, Hannah Friedman, and Robert N. Ulrich. They wanted to create a space for LGBTQ+…

research tours

Research Tours

Our fellows inspire people who are curious to learn what environmental research looks like at a major research institution. Visitors attend group or individual tours and become inspired by seeing…

environmental leadership program

Environmental Leadership Program

In September 2018, early-career fellows participated in an Emerging Leaders for the Emerging Future retreat facilitated by the Environmental Leadership Program.  ELP is a visionary nonprofit that offers leadership workshops…

climate justice forum

Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA

The Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA was brought together as a means of challenging the white-dominated conventions of the contemporary environmentalism movement by promoting and co-creating a healing space for marginalized identities to unpack, discuss, and organize for diversity and inclusivity within the mainstream environmentalism movement.



Fellowships are at the core of our center, and create pathways into leadership. Our fellows are provided with financial support and engage in research, mentorship, and outreach. 

faculty development

Faculty Development

Faculty Fellows take a leadership role in creating more inclusive environments at UCLA by transforming STEM teaching and mentoring through growing their awareness and practices, with the goal of improving…



Our fellows work in research teams to advance skills and solve environmental problems through hands-on experience. 

community outreach

Community Outreach

Our community outreach includes visiting schools, hosting groups for tours, mentorship, and research experience for high school students and teachers and members of the public.

american indian studies center

American Indian Studies Center

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) was founded in 1969 as a research institute dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Native communities. The AISC serves as a…

CDLS Partners

CDLS Partners at UCLA

CDLS Partners at UCLA  American Indian Studies Center    Center for Education, Innovation, and Learning in the Sciences  Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences  Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space…