Graduate Student Resource Center Staff

UCLA’s Graduate Student Resource Center office staff is comprised of professional full-time staff, graduate and professional school students, and undergraduate students, all who are motivated by providing a healthy and welcoming environment for graduate and professional school students.

Meet our Team


Sarah Valdovinos

Assistant Director

Fun Fact: I was on an episode of a reality TV cooking show!

Sarah Valdovinos manages programs, operations, and initiatives for the UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center. Though work with Graduate Student Orientation, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Day, campus committees, and partnerships, she is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all graduate and professional students at UCLA. Sarah received a B.S. with credential in EC-4 Education from the University of North Texas and a M.Ed. in Student Affairs from UCLA.

Advice for Graduate Students: Get to know your resources and find time for yourself.  Your health and well-being is most important. 

Sofia Bautista

Administrative Specialist

Fun Fact: I love rollercoasters and hoping to cross sky diving off my bucket list soon!

Sofia assists with the day to day operations for the Graduate Student Resource Center and Graduate Writing Center. She is committed to fostering a positive and friendly environment at the GSRC and GWC. Sofia received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from UCLA.


Advice for Graduate Students: Explore all your resources, the GSRC is a great place to begin this process. Also, take time to meet and interact students and colleagues outside of your department. 

Program Assistants & Coordinators


Kailey Anber

Program Assistant

Program: Master's in Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing

Fun Fact: I spent a year living in Toulouse, France.

Hailing from Northern California's Bay Area, Kailey spent the last few years working on her pre-reqs to get into Nursing School. When she's not exploring LA by bike, she's memorizing nursing abbreviations and pathological processes. She loves-but-hates fancy, expensive coffee shops, and *just* loves scuba diving, traveling, seeing live music, and thrift stores. ISFJ; Hufflepuff.

Advice for Graduate Students: Get some fresh air. Seriously.


Luis Gonzalez

Program Assistant

Major: B.A., Political Science

Fun Fact: Have spent a total of 8 months living in Europe. 

4th year 1st-generation undergraduate student majoring in political science. Plan to attend law school after completing my Bachelor's Degree.

Advice for Graduate Students: Know your resources!


Amanda Hayes

Program Coordinator

Program: MSW, Social Welfare

Fun Fact: I was born on Friday the 13th ... so beware :) 

My name is Amanda Hayes. I'm a Los Angeles native and currently a graduate student at UCLA working towards my master's degree in social welfare in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. I received my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English at Loyola Marymount University then completed my first master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. Though I have many interestes, I am primarily interested in learning about social environments and their impact on individual well-being and performance in both micro and macro settings. I really enjoy having solo dance parties in the kitchen (not cooking simultaneously), collecting and listening to good music, going to the beach, watching movies, and perhaps learning how to skateboard. 


Jennie Lee

Program Assistant

Program: Master of Library & Information Science

Fun Fact: I love lucid dreaming! Been at it since I was 10.

I am pursuing a career track position in UX design, where my UX areas of focus include interaction design, information architecture, and content strategy.

Advice for Graduate Students: Get involved and have fun because time will fly by!

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Amanda Marotto

Program Assistant

Program: M.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering

Fun Fact: I held a shark in the Caribbean! 

Second year Masters in Second year Master's student studying electromagnetic compatibility and interference. I enjoy exploring L.A. in my free time, especially the beaches in Santa Monica, live shows in Hollywood, and all the delicious food nearby!

Advice for Graduate Students: Go to as many events (GSA, departmental etc.) as possible!


Dalila Ozier

Program Assistant

Program: Ph.D., Anthropology

Fun Fact: I make excellent mac and cheese.

Doctoral student studying media landscapes within the Los Angeles entertainment industry.

Advice for Graduate Students: Take plenty of naps.

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Antwann Simpkins

Program Coordinator

Program: Ph.D., Sociology

Fun Fact: Assassin's Creed is my favorite video game.

My research interests, broadly speaking, are race, gender, law, and carcerality. My work at the GSRC consist of coordinating the Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity Graduate Student Welcome Day and linking graduate students to appropriate resources within the UCLA community. 

Advice for Graduate Students: Keep a calendar, retain records, and get an official copy of your official transcript every quarter (do not open it).


Tiara Thompson

Program Assistant

Program: MFA, Theater, Film, & Television

Fun Fact: I shook hands with President Barack Obama.

Tiara previously worked as an academic advisor for almost six years, partly in her undergraduate program. Coming from a low socioeconomic home and being a first-generation student, she is passionate about education, learning, creating art, and equitable inclusion for all!

Advice for Graduate Students: Make contacts early and actually hang out with them!