The staff of the Graduate Division serve potential, current, and alumni graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We work with many campus units to accomplish our mission of supporting graduate student and postdoctoral scholar success, during and after their time at UCSC.

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Lorato Diane Anderson
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Graduate Studies
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • Graduate Studies Division
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Kerr Hall, 286B
  • Mail Stop Graduate Application Processing

Biography, Education and Training

M.S., Northwestern University

  • Thesis: Que Voy a Hacer; Je Suis Perdu: The Distinctive Learning Needs of English Language Learners and Developmental English Speakers
    • Researched and developed new framework to perform learning needs assessment for developmental English students and English Language Learners


B.A., cum laude, UC San Diego


Lorato Anderson is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Graduate Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her role centers on advancing initiatives for minoritized graduate student support across multiple campus-wide projects, as well as providing direct support to students, staff, faculty, and programs. Lorato graduated with a B.A. in Literature/Writing from UC San Diego and received her M.S. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University, where she researched and developed assessment models for English Language Learners and supported multiple DEI programs. She has extensive experience in grant writing, teaching, advising, assessment, and creating long-lasting research-backed programs to promote minoritized undergraduate and graduate student success.


Lorato has worked on campus since Fall 2016 and received the 2020 Outstanding Staff Achievement Award in Social Sciences. Her previous roles include Graduate Program Advisor and Coordinator for Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) and Politics, as well as Undergraduate Advisor for Psychology. She takes pride in incorporating social justice, as well as empathetic advising strategies and teaching pedagogies, in her work in advising, administration, and grant and program development.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2020 UC Santa Cruz Social Sciences Division Outstanding Staff Recognition Award


2014 UC San Diego Sherley Williams Memorial Award in Literary Arts