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
Sabaidee! My name is Rita Phetmixay (pronouns: she/they) 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 guide my work and continuous passion for social justice and equity in all spaces I enter. After completing my B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (GO HEELS!), I came directly to UCLA to pursue dual masters degrees in Asian American Studies and Social Welfare. My passions falls within the scope of (refugee narrative) storytelling, inner healing work, and comedy--which all interweave into my style of work. I hope to facilitate spaces where students feel empowered to obtain a new level of (self) consciousness in order to build capacity to meet their life goals! In my spare time, I love to dance up a storm and eat a lot of Lao food!
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.
Emma Naliboff Pettit
Intergroup Relations Program Assistant Director
IGR Administrative Assistant
My name is Sandy and I'm a second year Cognitive Science Major with specialization on Computing, Minoring in Accounting. A fun fact about me are that I was born and raised in Brazil, and am currently an Ambassador for my county in UCLA. Also, I was an Architecture and Urbanism Major before I moved LA. I love to work with the BRC with educational and social justice programs, advocating for more equity, and providing a platform of resource to underrepresented populations.