Anna Yeakley, Ph.D. Intergroup Relations Program Director(310) 825-3945 / (310) 267-2053 Fax email@example.com
Anna M. Yeakley, PhD, is the Program Coordinator for the Intergroup Relations Program (IGR). Anna’s background and experience includes being a professor, consultant, trainer, and researcher on the topics of intergroup dialogue, diversity and social justice, and an international business owner. Anna has a huge passion for intergroup dialogue and is excited to be working with the Intergroup Relations Program at UCLA once again, after helping to start the program at UCLA in 2009! She now hopes to expand the intergroup dialogue opportunities at UCLA to serve as a tool for improving campus climate and relations across the entire campus--including students, faculty and staff. To date, Anna has helped to develop new intergroup dialogue programs at 7 college campuses across the country and brings with her over 18 years of intergroup dialogue facilitation, training and research experience. She has also worked with several local and national non-profit organizations, facilitating anti-bias and anti-bullying workshops for over 10 years, and has certifications as a national facilitator/trainer for Stop the Hate!, the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Institute, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Much of her passion comes from her personal experience growing up in a bi-cultural, bilingual, immigrant family, and being a student caught in the middle of the inter-ethnic tensions that took place during the LA Riots of 1992. She received her doctorate in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, and now lives in Long Beach, CA with her partner and dog. Her hobbies include Crossfit, dancing, eating, and playing with her dog.
Rita Phetmixay, M.A., M.S.W.Intergroup Relations and GRIT Peer Coaching Programs CoordinatorDirect: (310) 825-8213|Fax: (310) 267-2053
Hello, or sabaidee in my native language of Lao! My name is Rita Phetmixay and I serve as the Program Coordinator for both the Intergroup Relations (IGR) and GRIT Peer Coaching Programs under the Bruin Resource Center. I feel honored to assume this role as my journey up until this point has taught me much about resiliency, intergenerational trauma/healing, and the importance of building community wherever I go. What guides my work and continuous passion for social justice and equity are my lived experiences growing up as a child of refugees from Laos and Thailand in rural, North Carolina. Upon completing my B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I came directly to UCLA to pursue my dual masters degrees in Asian American Studies and Social Welfare. The combination of both masters programs have provided me both a theoretical lens and practical framework to instill anti-oppressive practices within higher education spaces. I bring the intersections of ethnic studies and clinical mental health therapy and I aspire to use both frameworks through intergroup dialogue and life-coaching. I have had the privilege of conducting psychotherapy at Long Beach API Family Mental Health Clinic, facilitating dialogue work through my MSW program, and revamping the youth wellness programs at Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. I feel that these particular insights and experiences will help drive student success and honor their diverse social identities they bring to UCLA. By doing so, I hope to create an environment where students feel empowered to obtain a new level of critical (self) consciousness and inspire others to become change agents as well. Other enjoyments in my life include laughing with my chosen family, eating Lao/Southeast Asian food, drinking boba, and dancing! My ultimate life-goal is to be able to reunite my half-sister from Laos with our dad.