Anthropology student Alex Krantzler wins the Undergraduate Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
Alexandra (Alex) Krantzler, an undergraduate student in the Department of Anthropology, is this year’s Undergraduate Student DEI Award recipient. Throughout her time at UCLA, Alex has dedicated herself to peer-to-peer programs designed to mentor traditionally underrepresented students and to build inter-group relations. Ms. Krantzler is currently a Diversity Peer Leader with the Intergroup Dialogue Program, a program under the Bruin Resource Center. In this role, she creates curricula and programming to help UCLA students and staff grow in how they navigate conflict, difficult conversations, bias, and stigma through the use of dialogue—building relationships across the lines that frequently divide students. In addition to a Diversity Peer Leader, Alex is also a Transfer Mentor with UCLA’s Transfer Student Center. In this role, Ms. Krantzler supports transfer students through their transition to UCLA. This year, she also co-directed the inaugural Transfer Pride Admit Weekend (T-PAW) for incoming LGBTQ+ transfer students. For the first time ever at UCLA, newly admitted transfers who identify with and desire to be connected to the LGBTQ+ community had an incredible opportunity to come to campus and be welcomed by the LGBTQ+ transfer community. T-PAW also allowed LGBTQ+ transfer students to learn about the resources and opportunities available to them at UCLA and beyond. Ms. Krantzler’s compassion for others, leadership skills, and dedication to creating safe spaces illustrates her commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment at UCLA.