To realize Goal 1 of the 2023-2028 UCLA Strategic Plan–Deepen UCLA’s Engagement with Los Angeles–we need to foster favorable institutional conditions for community-engaged scholarship and creative activity. The UCLA Community Engagement Advisors Network includes faculty and academic staff representing each division and school, appointed by their dean, with additional representatives from the Institute of American Cultures, the International Institute, and the Library. The Network is co-chaired by Michelle Caswell, Special Advisor to the EVCP on Community-Engaged Scholarship, and Shalom Staub, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement.

The Community Engagement Advisors Network will facilitate greater communication and collaboration among community-engaged faculty both within divisions/schools and across the university, supporting our effort to achieve greater impact and achieve equitable opportunities and outcomes for Angelenos through UCLA’s community-engaged work.

Interested faculty are encouraged to connect with the Community Engagement Advisor of their own school/division or reach out to a Community Engagement Advisor of another school/division if they are looking for explore connections to colleagues in those fields.


Division/School/Unit Community Engagement Advisor Position/Title
Arts and Architecture Anya Booker Associate Dean and Executive Director for Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Continuing Education/Extension Leah J. Vriesman Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs; Professor
Dentistry Fariba Younai Bob and Marion Wilson Endowed Chair, Professor of Clinical Dentisty
Education and Information Studies Annamarie Francois Associate Dean of Public Engagement
Engineering and Applied Science Jennifer Jay Professor and Vice Chair, Graduate Studies (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Humanities David Kim Associate Professor (Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies) and Associate Vice Provost at the International Institute
Institute of American Cultures Genevieve Carpio Associate Professor (César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies)
International Institute Alden Young Assistant Professor (Department of African American Studies)
Law Tracey Parr Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Strategic Planning
Library May Hong HaDuong Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Life Sciences Terence Keel Professor (Institute for Society and Genetics, Department of African American Studies)
Management Corinne Bendersky Professor and Area Chair of Management and Organizations
Medicine Arleen Brown Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Community Engagement and Research Program Leader
Music Helen Rees Professor (Ethnomusicology), Director, World Music Center
Nursing Kristen Choi Assistant Professor (Nursing)
Physical Sciences David Saltzberg Professor (Physics and Astronomy)
Public Affairs Laura Wray-Lake Associate Professor (Social Welfare)
Public Health Alina Dorian Associate Dean, Public Health Practice; Associate Professor (Community Health Sciences)
Social Sciences Maylei Blackwell Associate Professor (César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies)
Theater, Film and Television Fabian Wagmister Assistant Professor (Film, Television and Digital Media)