Anna Yeakley, Ph.D.
Intergroup Relations Program Director
(310) 825-3945 / (310) 267-2053 Fax
Anna M. Yeakley, PhD, is the Program Director 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 10 college campuses across the country and brings with her over 20 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 15 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 coffee dates, eating out, and playing with her dog.
Rita Phetmixay, M.A., M.S.W.
Intergroup Relations and GRIT Peer Coaching Programs Coordinator
Direct: (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. My lived experiences growing up as a child of refugees from Laos and Thailand in rural, North Carolina guides my work and continuous passion for social justice and equity. After completing my B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I came directly to UCLA to pursue a dual masters degrees in Asian American Studies and Social Welfare. I bring the intersections of ethnic studies and clinical mental health practices into my style of work in intergroup dialogue and life-coaching. I hope to facilitate an environment where students feel empowered to obtain a new level of critical (self) consciousness and inspire others to become change agents as well!
Fun fact: I have broken 3 bones in my lifetime--so far!
Alan W. Goff is the Graduate Assistant for the UCLA Intergroup Relations Program. He is passionate about harnessing the power of dialogue to foster understanding, build alliances, and advance social justice. Alan was born and raised in Los Angeles, of Belizean Kriol heritage. He is the proud son of Alice Goff, a long-time L.A. city civil servant and labor leader, and his commitment to justice was sparked by early proximity to his mother’s work.