Blog posts are written by the UCLA Culture & Equity Project team, educators, and students.


Fostering Equity Through Reflexivity

“That’s weird. Stop speaking in Korean.” Growing up in Southern California, these were the words that made me internalize the idea that my Korean culture was not welcomed at our majority White, suburban, public middle school. I implicitly accepted the fact that in order to belong, I needed to ‘assimilate’ to the dominant English-speaking White culture and leave my cultural identity at home.

Personal Reflections from a Korean American Woman

I haven’t been able to sleep the last few months and I’ve been “feeling” a certain way that I couldn’t put my finger on. I say “feeling” because it isn’t a mood. And it isn’t one emotion. I’ve been experiencing something that I have never experienced in my life and on March 16th, after eight Asian women were shot in Atlanta, I finally figured out that feeling.


Stop Fetishizing DEI

Within the past year, I’ve seen several organizations, corporations, and educational institutions claim to be committed to social justice causes and publish solidarity and inclusivity statements. Unfortunately, I’ve also seen headlines and videos that expose racist and prejudiced educators and employees at several organizations whose behaviors or written documents have been recorded or leaked.

Inclusion: Do we need to get ready or is it about normalcy?

As I walked around the classroom, I noticed a certain level of calmness. I saw co-teaching happening in this 1st
grade classroom and students actively engaged. The teacher called on “Sara” to talk about what she liked most in the story they read together as a class. Her friends tentatively sat and waited for her response. Her friend “Justin” held her hand and said “Sara, what did you like?” Sara waited and responded “I liked the pictures!” Sara’s response time took a little longer than some of her other friends but no one seemed to care.


Honor Students’ Names – My Name Matters

Hello, my name is Yessenia. My name is important to me because it is my identity, the name given to me by my parents, and the name I respond to. It is special to me because of its meaning, and it symbolizes my cultural identity. A person’s name represents who they are and where they come from. It is not just common courtesy to be able to correctly pronounce someone’s name, it is much more than that.


What the Curriculum Left Out for Us

Currently, there is a movement across the country to leave out critical narratives and histories from the curriculum. However, even before this movement, our curriculum has always left out counternarratives and histories. American textbooks are typically Eurocentric, biased, and disjointed.