Building Bridges: A Diversity Dinner

On January 24, the Division of Graduate Education will host a networking dinner for diversity fellows and other DGE program participants. The event features alum, Cynthia McKee, and a conversation with student mentors Kevin Torres-Spicer and Alexander Williams. Invited graduate students will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and participate in focused group discussions led by advanced graduate student peer mentors.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

UCLA James West Alumni Center – Map




Cynthia McKee

As the first in her family to attend college, Cynthia McKee learned to lean on her mentors for guidance through the ups and downs of her academic career, and for support when her personal life interfered with her academic goals. As an undergraduate at Cal Poly, Cynthia was introduced to faculty mentors as part of the McNair scholars and LSAMP programs. Those mentors supported her all the way through her graduate career at UCLA where she was awarded a NIH fellowship for Diversity in Health-Related Research, and was a Cota-Robles recipient. Although Cynthia’s experience at UCLA was complex, she was able to find mentorship that was indispensable to her success. After earning her PhD from the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology program she utilized her network and relationships to land her dream job with the corporate venture capital group at Amgen. Cynthia will be sharing her journey with you to demonstrate the importance of strong mentorship for academic and professional success.


Kevin Torres-Spicer

Alexander Williams





 Kevin Torres-Spicer        Alexander Williams


Eugene Cota-Robles • Graduate Opportunity Program • AB 540 Program • UC-HBCU • UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Program • UCOP Dissertation Year Award • Native American Opportunity Program • G2G • Bouchet Society • Competitive Edge