Jennifer Banawa – Graduate Student Advisor

341B Haines Hall
(310) 825-2511 | 

Jennifer advises graduate students on University and departmental requirements for the graduate program and works closely with the Vice Chair for Graduate Studies. She is your resource for help dealing with all the logistical issues that come with being a graduate student. She coordinates admissions, orientation, monitors student progress to degree, manages graduate student support allocations for the academic year, and plans the M.A. and Ph.D. celebration event in June. She also processes employment and payroll for Teaching Apprentices (academic year/quarter appointments), Readers, and Postdoctoral Scholars.

Advising is conducted over Zoom. Current Anthropology graduate students are welcome to drop in Jennifer’s Zoom room during advising hours, barring any existing meetings, if a meeting will take less than 15 minutes. Please email Jennifer if you cannot locate the room link.

Advising hours: 8:30AM – 12PM, 1PM – 4:30PM
Book an appointment:

Myrna Dee Castillo Kikuchi – Undergraduate Student Advisor

341A Haines Hall
(310) 825-6962 |

Myrna Dee counsels our approximately 700 undergraduate Anthropology majors. She handles grade changes, academic revisions, processes petitions, and refers students to other University resources. She represents the department at Major Blast, Bruin Day, Transfer Bruin Day, and other campus events. She also coordinates the Anthropology commencement ceremony in June.

Advising over Zoom is available by appointment only. Please e-mail Myrna Dee to schedule an appointment.

Beginning Fall 2021, all undergraduate advising will be done virtually.

Virtual Drop-In Advising will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:00PM – 3:00PM.

As drop-in advising is on a first-come, first served basis, there may be a short wait time before you are admitted.
Note that the above link will only be staffed during the above hours. There will be no drop-in advising on university holidays.

To schedule an appointment outside of the above drop-in hours, please e-mail Myrna Dee directly at

Monica Díaz – Department Manager

347 Haines Hall
(310) 825-4119 |

Monica is responsible for department operations. She oversees fiscal, personnel and payroll, student, instructional and information technology services for the department. She manages departmentally controlled space, budgets and events.

Tracy Humbert – Accounting and Personnel Analyst

341D Haines Hall
Hours: M-F 8AM – 4:30PM
(310) 825-1360 |

Tracy processes employment and payroll for readers and supports faculty in hiring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. She processes purchases, reimbursements, entertainment, travel reimbursements, travel vouchers. She provides faculty with current information about their account activity and balances. Tracy assists graduate students in submission of NSF dissertation proposals and other, UC funded grants required to be processed through the Office of Contracts and Grants. Tracy also hires work-study students for the department.

Tyler Lawrence – Technology Analyst

Social Sciences Center for Research, Education, and Technology (SSCERT)

351C Haines Hall
(310) 206-2821 |

The technology analyst provides computer hardware and software support and repair for Anthropology faculty, staff, and graduate students. Additionally, see him for help with email, websites, networks, and printing. The technology analyst also purchases computers, electronics, and software, and assists with UCLA-wide computing issues.

After nearly 15 years with the Department of Anthropology, Tyler Lawrence has moved on with his career outside of UCLA. Until a new department technology analyst is hired, please contact the SSCERT Support Desk for help with computer and technology issues and the Anthropology staff for purchasing assistance.

SSCERT Support Desk

Armi Ann Manas – Finance and Personnel Manager

341C Haines Hall
Hours: M-F 7AM – 4PM
(310) 825-3562 |

Armi Ann is responsible for managing the financial resources of the department. She creates and oversees departmental accounting, reporting and record keeping systems. She advises the Chair and Manager on departmental finances and financial policies and procedures. She serves as the department’s benefits representative.

Valeria Moedano – Academic Personnel Analyst

341E Haines Hall
Hours: M–F 1PM – 5PM
(310) 825-1565 |

Valeria handles academic employment, payroll and merit/promotion actions for faculty (tenure/tenure track, lecturers, and visiting faculty) and postdoctoral researchers, leave of absences, sabbatical requests and visa/permanent resident processing for faculty and visitors.

Since Valeria will be taking many AP training courses in her first few months, please continue to contact Monica Diaz for all academic personnel matters.

Kate Royce – Front Office Coordinator

341 Haines Hall
Hours: M-F 8AM – 5PM
(310) 825-2055 |

Kate is responsible for on-line textbook orders, requesting desk copies and scheduling of department-controlled instructional equipment, seminar and conference room space. She processes parking requests for visitors who come to campus for departmental events and serves as the department parking coordinator. She also assigns copy codes and enters deposits to the graduate printing accounts. Kate assists faculty and staff with fax, copy, and scanning needs. She also distributes daily mail and student payroll checks. She supervises the work-study students who are assigned to the front office. She processed reimbursements and manages department keys.