Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

EDI Upcoming Events

Intimacy Training Workshops

*POSTPONED* Monday, March 9, 2020
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Consent and Boundaries (maximum participants 28) Students: M.F.A. theater actors and directors
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Introduction to Basic Intimacy (maximum participants 16) Faculty and Staff
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Consent and Boundaries (maximum participants 28) Students: Undergraduate theater majors

Consent and Boundaries
This is a comprehensive workshop covering the concept of consensual touch between actors and establishing the difference between permission and consent. This workshop allows students to safely discover and recognize their own physical boundaries while giving them the tools to communicate these boundaries effectively to their co-actors and directors. "Boundary work" helps the actors to distinguish the difference between being "safe and uncomfortable" vs. "dangerous and uncomfortable" and can thus prepare them to safely push comfort levels in an educational setting.

Introduction to Basic Intimacy
This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the Pillars of Intimacy — a method designed by Tonia Sina and is the basis of all Intimacy Directors International's philosophy. These pillars focus on consent, context, communication, choreography and closure of intimate work. We also include an introduction to the Intensity Scale, which underpins the creation of dynamic intimacy for the stage and screen. The concept of power dynamics will also be discussed in the context of choreographing intimacy within an educational and professional setting.

Lizzy Talbot (she/her) is the founder of Intimacy Directors International UK and one of the first to research the role of Intimacy in the arts industry in the UK. She is an intimacy director and intimacy coordinator with IDI UK and works in London and Connecticut. She holds a master’s degree in theatre direction from the University of East Anglia and is a certified teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. Talbot has a rich history in movement, dance and stage combat both professionally and in academia. She is currently training the next generation of intimacy directors and coordinators along with her team at Intimacy Directors International UK. She has been featured in both The Stage Magazine (2017) and The Guardian (2019) regarding her work as an intimacy director and coordinator. Talbot has taught intimacy direction in drama schools, universities and colleges internationally to both faculty and students. She has experience working across many different styles of intimacy but specializes in both historical and fantasy intimacy. Talbot’s intimacy coordination credits include television series for HBO and Netflix amongst others that are currently in production.

For more information, please email the UCLA TFT Office of EDI at: edioffice@tft.ucla.edu

EDI Past Events

Establishing Equity and Inclusion Strategies, Resources and Best Practices

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Macgowan Hall
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

An interactive workshop providing essential tools for recognizing bias, preventing discrimination, and creating an equitable environment.

For more information, please email the UCLA TFT Office of EDI at: edioffice@tft.ucla.edu

Reinvigorating the Masses

UCLA's Afrikan Student Union (ASU) will be hosting its annual Commemoration for two murdered UCLA students, John Huggins, Jr. and Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter on Thursday, Jan 16th. This marks the 51th anniversary of this tragic event.

Please join ASU, AAP, the Bunche Center, the Carter and Huggins Families, Black Panther Nation, and many campus and community supporters for this opportunity to highlight UCLA's radical past.

Thursday, Jan. 16
10:00 a.m.
Reception w Chancellor Block
Campbell Hall Learning Pavilion
41st and Central film screening with Q&A (Light refreshments will be served)

Thursday, Jan. 16
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Ericka Huggins, Black Panther Party, L.A. Chapter
Panel Discussion with Bruin Community and Student Activists
Spoken Word & Candlelight Vigil
Campbell Hall Learning Pavilion (Dinner will be served)


On January 17, 1969, two UCLA High Potential Program students — Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter and John Huggins, Jr. — were assassinated in 1201 Campbell Hall. The assassination took place after a student meeting to decide qualifications for the selection of the first director of the newly-formed Afro-American Studies Center. The assassinations were characterized in the press as being the result of an ongoing feud between two militant Black organizations — the Black Panther Party and the US organization, which supported different candidates for the director position. Three members of US were convicted of the murders.

Both Huggins and Carter were leaders of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Many speculate, however, that the assassination was instigated by the FBI's COINTELPRO which, at the time, was engaged in a clandestine campaign to eliminate the Black Panther Party. Note: COINTELPRO is an acronym for a series of FBI counterintelligence programs designed to neutralize political "dissidents." From 1956 to 1971, COINTELPRO broadly targeted radical political organizations.

Co-Sponsored by UCLA’s Afrikan Student Union (ASU), the Academic Advancement Program (AAP) and the Ralph Bunche Center.

Intergroup Dialogue 101 for Faculty & Staff

Learn how to go beneath the surface to best support students — and each other.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
1:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Sac Room 3

Embracing Diversity Week
November 17-23, 2019
Anderson School of Business

CrossCheck Live: “Freedom to Protest & Freedom to Speak: The Challenges and Opportunities for University Governance”

In collaboration with PEN America, The Office of EDI will host its free signature event, CrossCheck Live: “Freedom to Protest & Freedom to Speak: The Challenges and Opportunities for University Governance” on Tuesday, April 23.

A panel of student moderators will press UCLA administrators about what we must do, as a campus and a community, to protect the protestor’s right to protest and the speaker’s right to speak.  Additional information is available on the main event website.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Pauley Pavilion Club

IGR 101 for Faculty and Staff
(and grad students serving as TAs or interns in UCLA departments)

The goal of the training is to help practice and use IGR skills when working with student staff, co-workers, and other individuals with whom one works closely, to improve campus climate and make one's job easier.

Wednesday March 27, 2019
9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Moore Hall Reading Room (#3340)