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Lorato 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
  • Office Hours Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 PM on Zoom
  • 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


I joined the Politics Department and Latin American and Latino Studies Department in January 2018 as the Graduate Programs Coordinator. I previously worked as an Undergraduate Advisor in the UCSC Psychology Department. I take pride in incorporating social justice, as well as compassionate and research-backed advising strategies and teaching pedagogies, in my work in advising, administration, 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