Dean’s Message to Alumni and Faculty

Susan EttnerGraduate programs at UCLA are consistently ranked amongst the top 20 in the nation, according to sources such as US World and News Report. This considerable achievement reflects the daily dedication and commitment of faculty, students, and staff to UCLA’s primary purpose of creating, disseminating, preserving and applying knowledge for the betterment of our global society.

UCLA graduate programs now support more than 13,000 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, who are not only advancing critical research and teaching but also supporting a broader undergraduate and faculty population through critical research, teaching, and mentoring.

In looking to the future and the possible challenges that graduate students may face, we will continue to focus on the holistic well-being and professional development of our students and ensure that the staff who support them are well-equipped to respond to their divergent needs. While the academic progress of graduate students should drive our priorities, we must look broadly at the types of support graduate students need in order to achieve their full creative potential. Among my top priorities for graduate education at UCLA are:

  1. Providing students with adequate financial resources to pursue their education
  2. Supporting student diversity in all of its forms, not only through active recruitment and outreach and holistic admissions practices, but ongoing retention support throughout students’ graduate careers
  3. Promoting student mental health and well-being
  4. Facilitating healthy mentoring relationships through mentoring initiatives led by our new Graduate and Postdoctoral Success unit

I look forward to working with you, our alumni and faculty, and the vast network of Bruins around the world as we navigate the challenges that may confront our graduate community. With your help, I am confident that graduate education at UCLA will remain robust, accessible, innovative and competitive.

With best regards,

Susan Ettner
Dean, Graduate Education
Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine
Professor, Fielding School of Public Health