Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | Time: 4-5pm | Location: Zoom

Are you thinking about going to graduate or professional school? Join us as we discuss key areas to consider when making your decision! Some topics we will be addressing are cost, selecting your program and transitioning to graduate school



Natalie Dickson
Ph. D. Student University of Oklahoma


Natalie Dickson is a Ph.D. student in the department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. She also works full-time at OU as an undergraduate academic advisor. She studies higher education, stratification and inequality, and is learning more about mixed methods analysis in preparation for her dissertation. Currently, her work focuses on utilizing quantitative methods to predict retention and graduation of transfer students at OU. She earned a B.A. from OU in 2014, double majoring in Anthropology and African & African American Studies. She then went on to obtain dual master’s degrees at UCLA – a M.A. in African Studies and M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences. Her previous research focused on global sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention, detection, and treatment. She also served as one of the undergraduate advisors for the Sociology department at UCLA from 2017-2019. She now uses her interdisciplinary skills in critical analysis, program planning, and evaluation to improve systems and policies pertaining to academic advising at OU.


Ross Fenimore
Fellowship Analyst | UCLA Office of Fellowships and Financial Services, Graduate Division


Ross Fenimore works as a fellowship coordinator in the Graduate Division’s Office of Fellowships and Financial Services where he manages and promotes funding for doctoral research. He serves as the Fulbright-Hays project director for UCLA. Prior to UCLA, he taught at Columbus State Community College and Davidson College following the completion of his PhD in musicology. He was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.”


Jendi Samai 
2L The George Washington Law School


Jendi Samai is a 2L at The George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C. As a first-generation Sierra Leonean American, Jendi is also passionate about serving first-generation college students. She earned her bachelor’s in English with Departmental Honors and master’s in African American Studies from UCLA (2017 and 2020). She is interested in becoming a trial attorney and judge one day.


Thanh Lam (He/Him/His)
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Student | College Academic Mentor at CAC


Thanh is currently in his first year of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He also works with UCLA’s undergraduate population as a College Academic Mentor with the CAC. He identifies as a first-generation college graduate having earned a degree in History from UCLA in 2016. Prior to returning to grad school, Thanh worked in the housing and economic development space with various non-profit organizations, public agencies, and in the private sector. His career aspirations include planning and policy-making for more affordable and equitable housing solutions within low-income, underserved, and immigrant communities



Jaclyn Robin
Undergraduate Advisor for Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program at UCLA

Jaclyn Robbin is the Undergraduate Advisor for the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program at UCLA. Prior to that, she was the advisor for the Comparative Literature department and the LGBTQ Studies minor program. Jaclyn is a double Bruin having earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Student Affairs at UCLA. After college, she pursued her Ed.S. in School Psychology at the University of Washington and worked as a School Psychologist in high school settings.