Chandra Bhatnagar

Chandra S. Bhatnagar is Director of Staff Diversity and Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance for the University of California, Los Angeles (“UCLA”). Chandra oversees investigations of discrimination and harassment complaints involving UCLA staff in the university and the UCLA Health System, the development and implementation of UCLA’s staff affirmative action plan, programs to ensure equal employment opportunity for staff, and educational efforts to advance staff diversity and inclusion throughout the university and the UCLA Health System.

Prior to joining UCLA in November 2017, Chandra was the Senior Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Jenny R. Yang of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). From February 2015 – January 2017, Chandra served as Senior Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Yang when she was Chair of the EEOC. Chandra advised Commissioner Yang on a range of legal and policy matters. He led the Office of the Commissioner’s strategic efforts on issues including; complex employment relationships, immigrant migrant and other vulnerable workers, LGBT discrimination, advancing diversity in law enforcement, labor trafficking, and strategic communications.

Chandra came to the EEOC in February 2015, after spending a decade in the Human Rights Program of the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”), where he was a Senior Staff Attorney and led the program’s litigation and strategic policy advocacy on racial justice and immigrants’ rights issues. He was part of the trial team that prevailed in a five-week jury trial in New Orleans, in the trafficking and discrimination case of David, et al v. Signal International, LLC, et al. The jury in David awarded $14 million in compensatory and punitive damages to five Indian H-2B guestworkers subjected to labor trafficking, fraud, racketeering and racial discrimination, (at the time) the largest jury verdict in a civil trafficking case in U.S. history.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Chandra was a Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he directed the South Asian Workers’ Project for Human Rights, a community-based project providing legal services to low-wage workers from South Asia.
Chandra was a recipient of the 2015 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, (along with co-counsel in David), the South Asian Bar Association of New York Litigation Achievement Leadership Award, and the 2011 Penn Law Young Alumni Award, honoring professional achievement of a Penn Law alumnus/a who graduated within the past 10 years. He received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an LL.M. with a focus in international human rights from Columbia Law School.

Joseph Bristow

Professor Joseph Bristow, who joined UCLA in 1996, teaches a range of courses in Victorian and modern literature, as well as in theories and histories of sexuality. His areas of special interest are British aestheticism (particularly Oscar Wilde and his circle), decadence, and Edwardian writing.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he published extensively on Victorian poetry; his publications from these decades include Nineteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology (co-edited with Isobel Armstrong and Cath Sharrock) (1996, revised 1998), which has helped reshape the study of women’s writings of the late Romantic and Victorian eras. At the same time, he established fresh research in the emerging field of LGBT literary studies, including the edited collection, Sexual Sameness: Textual Differences in Lesbian and Gay Writing (1992), Effeminate England: Homoerotic Writing after 1885 (1995), and Sexuality (1997, second edition 2010) in the New Critical Idiom series from Routledge.

During the present century, Professor Bristow has continued his research on Victorian poetry. His publications in this field include The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry (2000) and The Fin-de-Siècle Poem: English Literary Culture and the 1890s (2005).

Since joining UCLA, Professor Bristow has been closely involved with scholarly activities related to William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. During 1999-2000, in his role as Clark Professor, he arranged the programs of four conferences, which led to the publication of the essay collection, Wilde Writings: Contextual Conditions (University of Toronto Press, 2003). Selections from the 2004 conference, “Wilde at 150,” formed the basis of another collection, Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend, which Ohio University Press issued in early 2009. In 2005, Oxford University Press published his variorum edition of Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two years later, Oxford published his edition of the 1891 text of this novel in the World’s Classics series In 2013, University of Toronto Press published his third edited collection of critical essays on Wilde: Wilde Discoveries; Traditions, Histories, Archives. In March 2015, Yale University Press published a study (coauthored with Rebecca N. Mitchell), Oscar Wilde’s Chatterton: Literary History, Romanticism, and the Art of Forgery, which takes Wilde’s “Chatterton” notebook as the starting-point for considering Thomas Chatterton’s cultural and poetic legacy, on the one hand, and Wilde’s interest in producing a history of literary Romanticism, on the other hand.

In 2007, Professor Bristow directed “The Wilde Archive”: a five-week summer seminar for both university and college teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This seminar led to the conference of the same name, which was hosted at the Clark Library in 2009. In 2009, Professor Bristow directed a second NEH summer seminar, “The Decadent 1890s,” at the Clark Library. A third NEH-sponsored seminar, “Oscar Wilde and His Circle,” took place at the Clark Library during late June and July 2012. He has also taught several graduate and undergraduate courses based on researching the Clark’s Wilde-related collections.

During 2010-2011, in his second term as Clark Professor, Professor Bristow directed a yearlong program titled “Cultures of Aestheticism” at the Clark Library: http://www.c1718cs.ucla.edu/cultures-of-aestheticism. In addition, in June 2011 he participated in the group that presented the XXII North American James Joyce Conference, which was held at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, and the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

At present, Professor Bristow continues his responsibilities as editor of Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture, which was established in 2003; by the end of 2018 the series will contain more than seventy-five titles. Further information about the series can be found at https://www.palgrave.com/in/series/14607.

Some of his more recent essays—on Rupert Brooke’s poetry, on Wilde’s poetry, and on the aesthetic novel—have recently appeared ELH, Wilde in Context (Cambridge University Press), and The Cambridge History of the Modernist Novel, respectively. He is also the editor of a cluster of papers on Irish aestheticism, which appeared in Modernism/Modernity in August 2014. He is the coeditor (with Josephine McDonagh) of an essay collection, Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He has also edited Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

At the moment, Professor Bristow is a working on a reconstruction of the two criminal trials that resulted in Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. Parts of this research have already appeared in Feminist Theory. In 2016-2017, he was on sabbatical leave, supported by an ACLS collaborative research award, which enabled him to research his contribution to the Oxford University Press edition of Wilde’s unfinished and miscellaneous writings. He is editing, too, Walter Pater’s unpublished essays for Oxford University Press. Since spring 2018, he had been a joint editor of Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism, the journal of the International Walter Pater Society (www.walterpater.com).

Professor Bristow has advised many doctoral candidates at UCLA. He is currently serving as chair or co-chair of several dissertation committees. His recent advisees have researched the following topics: women and aestheticism in Modernist fiction; evolutionary aestheticism; tourism in Romantic and Victorian writing; and debates about standardization in children’s literature, 1865-1955.

During 2018-2019, Professor Bristow is serving as Chair of UCLA’s Academic Senate.

Dr. Anne Dela Cruz

As the inaugural Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (EI&D) starting May 31, 2019, Dr. Anne Dela Cruz will be working at the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in Pasadena to develop, implement, and ultimately institutionalize our EI&D efforts that will directly impact faculty, students, staff and other stakeholders. Some of the major efforts will include pipeline programs, EI&D training, and other major school initiatives.

Prior to joining the KP School of Medicine, Anne served as the Executive Director for Student Affairs Initiatives and Deputy Director/Chief of Staff to the UCLA Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs since January 2018. She had direct responsibility for programs and initiatives coordinated through the UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor Student Affairs. Working with senior Student Affairs leadership, she set organizational agendas and strategies to foster an inclusive and diverse campus for undergraduate and graduate students.

During her time with UCLA Student Affairs, Anne contributed to the role by advancing the Respectful Dialogue Across Areas of Difference initiative through collaborative, research efforts with the Tufts University Institute for Democracy in Higher Education (IDHE). She also worked with the University Religious Conference (URC) Board to partner on research that examined religious and spiritual engagement on campus. She coordinated communications and leadership speakers for Student Affairs Innovation and Leadership (SAIL) professional development for 60+ campus directors and leaders. Anne represented Student Affairs on the Undergraduate Council Committee under the Academic Senate. In addition, she served on the Bruin Day committee responsible for welcoming admitted students and their families annually during the two major undergraduate admissions yielding events.

Dr. Dela Cruz also served as the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions (DIA)/Director of Graduate Admissions in the UCLA Graduate Division. Anne increased the visibility and refined the direction of many Graduate Division diversity programs while building partnerships with various Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) including California State University (CSU) campuses. She brought a diverse perspective to her work overseeing graduate outreach, recruitment efforts, admissions initiatives for UCLA masters and doctoral programs, and summer research programs. Anne also served as a previous Southern California co-chair of the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education program committee. She also sat on the PRIME-LA Advisory Board with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she was engaged in medical school recruitment, admissions screening, multiple mini-interviews (MMI), yielding events and delivering workshops to MD-masters students.

Anne began her higher education career at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where she worked on career and leadership programs for Executive and Fully Employed MBA students, serving in roles including Assistant Director of the Professional MBA Career Programs, Operations Manager, and Career Coach.

Anne earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on Composition and Rhetoric from California State University Los Angeles. Anne completed her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She also completed the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program as well as earned certificates in Applications Programming, Web Technology and Project Management from UCLA Extension.

Anne holds several professional certifications including the following: Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute, Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) through Stanford University, and Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA) through the American Society of Quality. She also completed the Certified Career Management Coaching (CCMC) program through the Career Coaching Academy.

In her spare time, Anne enjoys spending time with family, taking dance classes, traveling, and exploring new food spots (restaurants and bakeries). She has been a certified Zumba Instructor since January 2015.

Marie-Ann Hairston

Marie-Ann Hairston, M.A., SPHR, started her role as Systemwide Employee Relations Director in October 2014. She has a wealth of experience in Human Resources spanning 25 years and has been with the UC System for 15 years. She began at UC Berkeley as the Director of Human Resources at the University Health Services. She then moved to UC Hastings College of the Law where she served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for 8 years. She has also served as an HR Director or consultant to various non-profits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Marie’s primary focus is on advancing the Systemwide ER Strategy to further enhance employee engagement and continue to build an overall employee relations program and environment where we are regarded as an excellent employer. She works closely with our various staff organizations including the Council of University Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) and the Staff Advisors to the Regents to develop programming that has a positive impact on work life for our staff.

In conjunction with visiting our campuses and locations, she also spends time in her role administering various aspects of processes and policies designed to ensure professional, fair, and equitable treatment of staff. This includes PPSM 70 Complaint Resolution, Discrimination, and Affirmative Action policies.

Marie has a BS in Business Administration and an MA in Management with an emphasis on Leadership Development and Organizational Change from JFK University as well as Certificates in Proactive Leadership in Higher Education and Collective Bargaining Studies from Cornell University. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by HRCI.

Jerry Kang

Jerry Kang is Distinguished Professor of Law, Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies, the inaugural Korea Times Endowed Chair, and UCLA’s inaugural Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College (physics) and Harvard Law School, where he was a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he started his teaching career at UCLA in 1995.

A leading scholar on implicit bias, critical race studies, and communications, VC Kang regularly collaborates across disciplinary boundaries on wide-ranging scholarly, educational, and advocacy projects. An inspiring teacher, he has received UCLA’s highest recognition: the Eby Art of Teaching Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2015, he entered senior administration as a Vice Chancellor, with the mission to “build equity for all.”

Lubbe Levin

Lubbe Levin first joined UCLA in 2002 as Assistant Vice Chancellor—Campus Human Resources and was promoted in 2007 to her current role as Associate Vice Chancellor. She is responsible for providing strategic and policy leadership for the full range of human resource programs and policies at the campus.

During 2014 and 2015, in addition to her campus responsibilities, she also served as Interim Chief Human Resources Officer for the UCLA Health Sciences.

Prior to coming to UCLA, she held key positions at the UC Office of the President including service as Assistant Vice President—Human Resources, with system-wide responsibility for compensation programs, staff affirmative action/EEO, employee & labor relations, personnel policy, and training and development. She did groundbreaking work in such areas as labor relations policy, incentive and recognition plans, diversity initiatives, and led efforts to restructure the human resource policy system. Between 1991 and 2001, she also served as program director for the University of California Management Institute.

Dr. Levin received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from UC Berkeley and completed her undergraduate degree with Great Distinction at Stanford University, spending her senior year at the Université de Nantes in France. Her academic background includes serving on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.

Rejeana Mathis

Rejeana Mathis is Lead Manager of Training and Development in UCLA Campus Human Resources Training & Development. In this role, she is responsible for leading the training function; as well as designing and facilitating leadership and management development, team interventions, and process improvement efforts. Rejeana joined UCLA in 2007 to establish the Management Development Certificate Program. Prior to coming to UCLA, she was Director of Workforce Development at Los Angeles Times, Manager of Leadership Development at Tribune Company, and Employee Relations Manager at Chicago Tribune Company.

Mandy Muenzer

Mandy Muenzer is currently serving as the VP of Wellness for Staff Assembly 2018-2019 and has been working as the UCLA FITWELL Education and Outreach Coordinator since 2009. She is certified as a fitness instructor and behavioral health specialist by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology. Her mission is to help people connect with their inborn desire to move and eat well through an intuitive, self-loving, fun approach to health and fitness. Mandy’s s presentations address the internal and external obstacles to creating a healthy lifestyle and provide powerful tools to overcome them. The obstacles aren’t in the way; They are they way! Using the practices and principles of behavioral health coaching and psychology, learn how to be well at work and reclaim your health no matter how busy you are.

Kevin J. Smith

Kevin J. Smith joined UCLA in 1999 and has served the UCLA Chancellor’s Organization since 2005 – as Chief Financial Officer through 2012 and as Chief Administrative Officer henceforth. In his role as Chancellor’s Organization CAO he directs all budget, accounting, payroll, personnel actions, space planning, fee-setting and policy compliance matters for the Offices of the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, and, other departments across the organization. Kevin has been a member of Bruin Caucus, UCLA’s advocacy organization, whereby he has actively participated in advocacy efforts for the university.

In 2011 Kevin was selected by UC President Mark G. Yudof in consultation with the Chairman of the UC Board of Regents to serve as the 8th Staff Advisor to the UC Regents, fulfilling a two-year term from 2011 – 2013. In his Staff Advisor role, Kevin participated in all open session meetings of the Regental committees and certain other Regents’ events.

Through campus visits whereby he hosted town halls for staff and met with both staff and campus leadership, and through hosting webcast virtual town halls with UC President Yudof for staff, Kevin brought the staff perspective to matters facing the UC Board of Regents to his bi-monthly meetings with UCOP leadership and the UC President, and, to the deliberations of the UC Board of Regents. He currently serves in an advisory capacity to Staff Advisors to the Regents, and has served on both the Staff Advisor to the Regents application review, and, interview selection committees.

Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Kevin was the Finance Manager for UCLA Communications Technology Services (CTS) where he was responsible for creating the annual budget and rate proposals while managing the CTS monthly billing customer service unit. While with CTS Kevin was a keynote speaker, presenting UCLA Budget Models for Evolving Technologies at regional conferences for ACUTA, the association of information communications technology professionals in higher education.

Prior to joining UCLA, Kevin spent fourteen years in the private sector, working in key corporate finance analytical, supervisory and consultant roles, primarily with CIGNA Healthcare in Phoenix, AZ where he worked closely with actuaries in setting healthcare insurance premium rates, and as a corporate office accountant with Bell Northern Research, the research and development division of Nortel, in the Silicon Valley.
Outside of work, Kevin has volunteered as the Chief Auditor for the PTA of the local public elementary school that his two children attended, and for many years served as a Manager for Santa Monica Little League baseball teams.
He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Saint Francis.

Stephen Spies

Stephen Spies started playing violin at the age of 5, and grew up largely surrounded by a family of folk musicians. He was introduced to music composition when he entered the Crowden School of Music for middle school. In high school, he composed music for numerous groups including the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Stephen holds a BA in music composition from UCLA (University of California Los Angeles). He’s scored over 200 visual media projects including commercials for companies such as Mattel, Samsung, and University Credit Union.

Passionate about social change as well, Stephen is a music teacher in elementary schools, and a songwriting instructor at “My Friend’s Place” in Hollywood, a center for homeless youth. Stephen performs with the band, “Hello Noon”, formed by UCLA music school Alumni. They have worked with numerous organizations such as the Special Olympics and the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, using their music to spread a message of social change and positivity!

Susi Takeuchi

Susi Takeuchi joined UCLA Health in October 2015 as the Chief Human Resources Officer. She has over 30 years of experience in human resources and a proven track record for excellence. Susi is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating human resource management and organizational initiatives and programs across UCLA Health, which encompasses the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health System (hospitals, clinics, and practice plan). She was instrumental in envisioning and executing a human resources strategic plan aligned with UCLA Health strategy and business plans to ensure that HR programs, initiatives and operations are focused on integration, efficiency and service.

Susi was previously the Chief Human Resources Officer at UC Irvine Health. She also held key human resources positions at the Capital Group Companies Global and the Southern California Edison Company.

Susi received a bachelor`s degree in business administration from California State University, Fullerton and a master`s degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).

Toastmasters: Cicili Brown, Kristina Thorson, and Melissa Burdette


For Kristina Thorson, speaking in front of people has always been a trying experience. Whether speaking in her community or presenting at work, she held the attitude of grin and bear it. Through Toastmasters, she has learned to embrace the enjoyment of speaking to an audience. She invites you to learn the tools she has mastered to remove anxiety from public speaking. Kristina Thorson is the Area B3 Director for District 1 Toastmasters, the President of True Blue, and a Club Coach to Speak Up @ Anderson. She oversees all 4 of the UCLA Toastmasters clubs.

Almost ten years ago, Cicili Brown nearly panicked while co-presenting at a training. Years later she found herself speaking a mile per minute at every one of her presentations. It never occurred to her that she had a fear of speaking. Now that she recognized her fear, she has for the past three years been working toward being a better communicator and speaker. She now accepts most invitations to speak at work and in her community. She will share the simple steps she has found to improve her public speaking.

Melissa Burdette is a valued member of CareConnect’s Hospital Billing Team at UCLA. She is heavily involved in multiple work-groups and integrated owning areas within Information Services & Solutions (ISS). Melissa is her application team’s security lead, and she is also known as a ‘reporting guru’ in Epic systems. Specializing in disaster recovery, Melissa is a member of the Campus Emergency Operations Group (CEOG) at UCLA. She is a key contributor to the emergency response team efforts on and off campus. When she’s not putting out fires at work, she’s putting them out elsewhere!

UCU: Al Durazo

Al Durazo is a financial advisor with CUSO at University Credit Union. His career in the financial services industry spans a period of 19 years & includes roles in both retail and institutional capacities. He has invaluable insights and experience, having successfully navigated clients through various and extreme market cycles by creating and maintaining disciplined strategies for financial stability in accordance with their objectives.
Al specializes in building long-term relationships through dedicated commitment and results, utilizing a holistic, needs based approach. He takes pride in providing advice to assist in positioning clients toward control of their financial futures, thus giving them peace of mind to enjoy their lives accordingly.

Al graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Economics and earned a certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA Extension. He holds FINRA licenses Series 7, 63 & 65, and is a licensed life and health insurance agent. He resides in Los Angeles and in his down time, exudes a balanced lifestyle that incorporates physical conditioning & wellness. Additionally, he is an aficionado of cinema, fine art & music.