Date published: 4/17/2015

Congratulations to Ivy Onyeador (3rd year, Social graduate student) on receiving the 2014-15 UCLA Academic Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award!

Below is the campuswide e-mail from the Chair of the Academic Senate and Chair of the Academic Senate's Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Congratulations to Ivy for this well-deserved and amazing accomplishment!


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     Academic Senate
     Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity

To the Campus Community,

The Academic Senate and its Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity (CODEO) takes great pleasure in announcing the recipients of the 2014-2015 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards. Each year, CODEO honors one student and one faculty member for their contribution to furthering a diverse, impartial, and inclusive environment at UCLA. The selection of these winners is often difficult because each of the many candidates nominated for this award have made enormous contributions to encouraging that environment in important and innovative ways. This year’s selection was no exception.

Ivuoma “Ivy” Onyeador, a third year graduate student in the Department of Psychology, is this year’s student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award winner. Ms. Onyeador’s is currently the Graduate Student Association’s representative to the Academic Senate Executive Board. Ivy was also the graduate student representative in the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion search at UCLA. In addition, Ivy holds a number of leadership positions around campus in organizations dedicated to diversity and inclusion. She was the co-chair of the Black Graduate Students Association; the Outreach/Yield Chair of the Equity, Inclusion, and DiversityWelcome Day Planning Committee for two years; and she regularly sits on panels and speaks to prospective and current graduate students about being a student of color.

Professor Paul Barber and Dwayne Simmons are the 2014-2015 joint faculty recipients. Paul Barber is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has worked to make UCLA a more diverse and inclusive institution since he joined UCLA in 2008. For the past 10 years Dr. Barber has directed a National Science Foundation-funded program called The Diversity Project, a program he developed to increase diversity in marine sciences by engaging under-represented minority students in a transformative intensive summer research experience in Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Barber also directs the Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences aimed at increasing the retention and performance of underrepresented students in science, technology, and mathematics.

Dwayne Simmons a professor in the Integrative Biology and Physiology serves as the Program Director for Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC). As the flagship program for promoting research among underrepresented groups at UCLA, the MARC program helps exceptional minority students and first generation economically disadvantaged students realize their potential at a first-class, research intensive university. Dr. Simmons is also director of the UCLA Bridges to the Baccalaureate program whose objective is to interest community college students from ethnic groups that are significantly underrepresented in science and biomedical research careers, and to prepare them for transfer to science programs at 4-year institutions. In addition to the partnerships he has fostered at the community college level, he has also created a series of partnerships with three Cal State Universities (CSUN, CSUDH, CSUSB) as well as six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to increase the number of minority students in our graduate science programs.


Joel D. Arberbach, Chair         
Academic Senate

Marissa Lopez, Chair
Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity