Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Time: 4pm-5:30pm | Location: Career Center, Room 200, Strathmore Building

Interested in grad school but don’t know what to expect? Current students and recent alumni discuss what grad school’s really like, and how you can prepare for your masters and/or doctoral degree.



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Manpreet Dhillon Brar

Manpreet Dhillon Brar is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, in the division of Human Development and Psychology. She has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education, both from UCLA. Her research focuses on understanding discrimination experiences and the psychosocial outcomes for marginalized people and their overcoming of such injustices, cutting across the intersections of race, class, gender, immigration status, sexuality, and other social identities.

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Erica Duncan

Erica Duncan recently earned her M.A. from UCLA’s Department of African American Studies. Her master’s thesis centered on the lives of African American girls and women who were victims of intimate partner and familial violence, and how this intimate violence rendered them more vulnerable to state violence. Erica’s research interests stem from her community work in the Bay Area where she advocated and worked with girls of color. She currently works for the Los Angeles Community College District as an adjunct instructor for courses on US history and African American Studies. Prior to this, Erica earned her B.A. in both Ethnic Studies and African American Studies from UC Berkeley.

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Kyle Nelson

Kyle Nelson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. He is currently conducting research on eviction and the legal system in Los Angeles County. Prior to attending UCLA, Kyle received his M.A. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research and B.A. in Africana Studies and English from Vassar College.

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Carrie Sanders

Carrie Sanders is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department and is working toward the Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Her research interests include Mediterranean history and civic engagement. She earned her B.A. in in History and Spanish Literature from UCLA.

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Taylor Wyatt

Taylor Wyatt is a second-year Masters of Public Policy Candidate at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, with a policy focus in the mitigation of and response to mass casualty events. Taylor received her B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Iowa, receiving both University and Departmental honors for her thesis detailing an anthropological perspective on the history of racial inequity in the United States Public School System. In her gap year between graduating with her Bachelors and pursing her Masters, Taylor worked at the Aquarium of the Pacific, creating and facilitating all-ages public programming focused on educating children and adults on environmental conservation, marine life, and ecological systems. Throughout her time at UCLA, Taylor has expanded her professional experience into health non-profit organizations and governmental entities, including spending time at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Management division. She hopes for a future in local and state-wide emergency response systems.

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