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Undergraduate Advisory Board

Welcome to the History Department’s Undergraduate Advisory Board (HUAB) webpage page. As part of our commitment to the intellectual, cross-cultural, and academic growth of our undergraduate students, our goal is to enhance the undergraduate experience through collaboration with administration, faculty, and staff to engender and implement activities and initiatives that have a positive impact on the learning environment, while also increasing the visibility, participation and, inclusion of the undergraduate student body in History.

The Board will strive to bring about diversity in interest, experience and skills of students, and enhance the academic undergraduate experience as a whole by incorporating feedback from current undergraduate students and alumni, while fostering a sense of community within the History Department; through: mentorship, advocacy, events, and initiatives.

Membership and Selection Criteria

Members must:

  • Have at least three quarters left at UCLA.
    • Be a current History Major/Minor
    • Be service driven and;
    • Have passion for History as a discipline and see its inter-connectedness within academia and beyond.


The application cycle for Fall 2021-Spring 2022 is now closed. Applications for Fall 2022-Spring 2023 will be available in Summer 2022.


Current Board Members:

Steven Bech

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Steven Bech, and I am an international student from a small municipality called Sinzheim near the Black Forest in the southwest of Germany.

In 2020, I successfully transferred from Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) to UCLA with my Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T) with highest honors in history. Today, I am a senior determined to earn my bachelor's degree in history with a minor in film, television and digital media in the summer of 2022. With the plan of becoming a screenwriter, movie director, and book author in the near future, I am specifically studying these fields because I hope to evoke the same fascination for history and film in other people that I feel today, especially the younger generations. Knowing how to conduct research effectively is the foundation of any history-based screenplay. For that reason, I am currently spilling rivers of ink for a yearlong thesis for the History Honors Program at UCLA. My research interests specifically focus on military history, including World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

Beyond HUAB, I am also involved with UCLA Esports as the Video Producer to continuously educate myself about the filming and video editing process, as well as the Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) History Honors Society as the Website Editor. Additionally, I am also currently participating in the UCLA Honors Program and the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP).

Being a part of HUAB, it is my intention to promote transparency of the history department through constant communication with the student body, as well as help history students navigate through the sometimes-challenging academic landscape at UCLA. I especially hope to represent new transfer and international students, provide a helping hand to those who need it, and give the student body a voice that deserves to be heard. It is an honor to serve on the HUAB for the 2021-2022 academic year. 


Dylan Bouchakian

My name is Dylan Bouchakian, and I am a fourth-year student majoring in History and minoring in European Languages and Transcultural Studies with Italian and hoping to declare the Film minor this fall. I am looking forward to serving on the HUAB because I have a deep passion for History. Not only is History an important academic discipline that connects to several other fields, but it helps us feel connected to the past, make sense of our present, and strive for a more perfect future. In addition to my studies, I am a member of the Daily Bruin’s Copy team, the Bruin Language Association, and the UCLA Pre-Law Society. Some of my interests include learning languages (I am starting my fifth in the fall!), traveling, and watching movies. After graduation, I want to attend law school and study international law. I am excited to work with the HUAB to address student concerns and create programs that bring History undergraduates together as we transition to in-person instruction.


Lauren Campbell

Hello! My name is Lauren Campbell and I am a fourth-year student double majoring in history and psychology. As a member of HUAB, I hope to help create a collaborative and comfortable undergraduate history community. History has always been my absolute favorite topic to study and I am excited to be a part of an environment where I can share that passion with fellow students and contribute to improving their UCLA experience. Currently, I spend a lot of my time working as a project manager for Beyond the Bars, LA which is dedicated to ending mass incarceration. From this, I have gained skills in leadership and management of which I believe will serve me well as a member of HUAB in my efforts to organize and manage interactive events between history faculty and students.  In my free time, I will either be with friends and family, or writing. I am a writer for the Daily Bruin, but when I am not doing magazine writing, I enjoy writing fiction!  Once I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in law.


Kayne Doughty

I am a second-year transfer student from Hartnell College in Salinas, CA. I am currently a History major and an Asian American Studies minor. I am also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and serve as the Historic Preservation Coordinator for Asian Pacific Coalition (APC). My research has focused on the histories of Asian American social movements, Asian American intellectuals, the Asian American Diaspora, and Marxism among other things. I have had my work published in Quaestio, the UCLA Undergraduate History Journal.

I am currently working on two projects:

CAAAV: A Look into the Asian American Radical Tradition (tentative title) is a thesis project that seeks to situate the Asian American organization The Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) in Asian American radical politics of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The organization emerged in New York City in 1986 in the wake of the murder of Vincent Chin four eyars ealier. This project not only seeks to understand the development of Asian American activism in late century New York City, it seeks to unpack the structural conditions undergirding violence against Asian Americans, and the way neoliberal economic policies facilitated the disinvestment in the working class and the transformation of New York City into a FIRE (finance, insurance, and real estate) centered economy. This project is also a history of resistance, arguing that more contemporary Asian American activists’ political lineage can be traced back to 1960s radicals of the Asian American Movement.

I am also working on a project with the Asian Pacific Coalition (APC), a student organization here at UCLA that works on issues related to the Asian American Pacific Islander community and seeks to dismantle systems of oppression in our society. APC has been active in various forms since 1975. APC played a role in the protests against the removal of UCLA Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC) president-elect Lloyd Montserratt, and the continued denial of tenureship to Assistant Professor Don Nakanishi in 1988. In this project I am working to create an archive of APC’s official materials at UCLA’s special collections. I hope to create a record for future activists to draw upon.

Outside of my studies I enjoy playing jazz fusion and classic R&B on my guitar, and swimming. I am also a huge Motown fan. 


Emily Emard

My name is Emily Emard, and I am a 4th year traditional student double majoring in History and Gender Studies! I am currently involved all over campus as a New Student Advisor (NSA), Resident Assistant (RA) in the dorms, and as the Chief of Staff of Publicity for the USAC Office of the President. I love UCLA almost as much as I love history, which is why I am thrilled to be on HUAB again this year. I hope to pursue a Masters Degree in Education, and then a PhD in history so I can eventually fulfill my dream job of being a high school history teacher. I am extremely passionate about history because to me, it centers people and their stories. History challenges individuals and our society collectively to do better, while reminding us of the possibility of change and the endless compassion people are capable of. I can't wait to be a part of making UCLA history with all of you through HUAB this year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Karmen Haley

Hello! My name is Karmen Haley, and I am a second-year transfer from Los Angeles. I am a History major with particular interest in Ancient History. I am currently conducting an honors thesis investigating the Balkan region and its importance to the Roman Empire in Late Roman Antiquity. As part of the HUAB, I am aiming to provide an open, supportive, and engaging environment for all those interested in history. After graduating this year, I hope to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree in Classics before moving onto graduate school. My ultimate goal is to attain my PhD and become a History professor so that I can share my passion of history and continue research with the brilliant minds of the future. When I’m not dedicating time to studies or researching the virtuosity of Rome, I try to stay active or spend quality time with good friends.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Kevin Kerr

Hello! My name is Kevin Kerr, and I am a transfer junior from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. I am much delighted to be accepted into the HUAB as I have been distant for some time away from academia. For the past three years, I have had the honor of working for the San Clemente Utilities Department alongside some of the best individuals to walk this Earth. My duties consisted of primarily construction with the potable water distribution system. There was also the added benefit of working near my uncle, who I would regularly see around the maintenance yard. As a first-generation college student, I am excited to lead my family into the prospect of higher education. Although I am 25 and not of traditional university age, I am pursuing a major in History and a minor in GIS&T. Unsurprisingly, one of my favorite topics of history is water distribution and sanitation throughout the ages. Whether it is a Roman aqueduct or the intricacies of the toilet, I am fascinated. When I am not studying history or looking at maps, I am exercising, reading, or spending time with my family. Sometimes all I need is a game of cribbage to make my day. If any of you see me on campus, please feel free to say hello and introduce yourselves as I am always ready for civil discussion. As of now, I am still deciding between the world of academia and my old career of construction. However, my reverence for history continually grows each day, and surrounded by astute scholars, like my fellow members of the board, I feel as if the I can be of great benefit to the department. 


Karly Kimes

Hi! My name is Karly Kimes (she/her) and I am a second-year transfer from Fullerton College. Majoring in history and minoring in African American Studies, I plan on bringing a stronger sense of truth and inclusivity to the History Department at UCLA. This is why I am ecstatic to serve on the HUAB and create accessibility in history.

All students, including those who do not major or minor in history, require a greater understanding of the historical context of the world around us. I believe that history seeks the truth of humanity and can greatly impact anybody who decides to study it. Creating a place of inclusivity and participation is necessary to enhance all undergraduates' experiences in history courses and programs. As someone who specializes in Black history, I feel that it is especially important to recognize the effort that needs to be made towards dismantling white centralized history as well. During my time serving the HUAB, I will strive to create a place that all students could grow as historians and Bruins.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Charlene Kwan

My name is Charlene Kwan and I'm a fourth-year history and economics double major. I'm interested in questions of national identity, postcolonialism and historical memory, as well as the intersection of history with linguistics and urban studies. History is important to me because understanding the past allows us to understand the state of the present and gives us the tools to move forward in an informed, compassionate way.  

I'm excited to bring my passion for history to HUAB and am looking forward to this year. In addition to HUAB, I'm involved with the Association of Chinese Americans, Bruin Consent Coalition, Chinese American Culture Night, and Pacific Ties Newsmagazine. In the future, I am looking to further my passion for history through graduate study. 


Lorraine Lee

My name is Lorraine Lee and I’m a third-year majoring in History and minoring in Education Studies. At UCLA, I’m involved with Pacific Ties Newsmagazine as a staff writer and Asian American Christian Fellowship. As a part of the History Undergraduate Advisory Board, I hope to help History students find community after over a year of remote learning and expand professional opportunities for students who may be unsure of what career they want to pursue. In my free time, you can find me making coffee, trying new food places, or hand lettering. I’m looking forward to contributing to the HUAB this year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ana Majer

Welcome! My name is Ana Majer, and I am a student studying both History and Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at UCLA. Embarking on my third year on campus, I have explored various professional paths including healthcare, local government, law, and public health. My experience working as a Legal Assistant and Intern to a CA Assemblymember has given me a taste of what it is like to work in the legal and policymaking fields. At UCLA, I am currently involved in Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (Semel HCI), the Student Wellness Commission (SWC), the Community Service Commission - Internal Programming (CSC), Student Education and Research of Contemporary Health (SEARCH), Active Minds, and the Ballet Company at UCLA, along with being a representative on HUAB. I am passionate about history because I know it to be a lesson about our past and a glimpse into our future. When we consider our history, it is applied to every decision we make in an attempt to propose solutions that work towards a better future. This is why I am drawn to history and believe it is vital that students are exposed to the subject. I plan on using my experiences and outlook on History when representing my fellow students and promoting cross-campus exposure to the History department. I am pleased to work with HUAB because I believe our department can reach and support UCLA students from all backgrounds. 


Minh-Thu Nguyen

Hi! My name is Minh-Thu Nguyen, and I’m a third year History major and Comparative Lit minor. I’ve interned at several different entertainment companies and art organizations, and I hope to combine my love of history and media after graduation. Unsurprisingly, I also happen to be a devoted fan of period dramas, historical fiction— and all associated genres of romance, comedy, and fantasy. I’m so excited to be a part of the HUAB this year, and I can’t wait to get to know you all better! I love to bake, and I definitely need more people to help me eat it all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Cindy Quach

Hello! My name is Cindy Quach and I am fourth-year double majoring in history and political science. Within the field of history, I primarily focus on Asian American and women’s history. In relation, my political science concentration is in theory and philosophy. Outside of my studies, I am the editor-in-chief of FEM Newsmagazine, an intersectional feminist publication that creates multimedia content within an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-racist framework. For the past four years, I have worked in the education department as a student educator for the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles Conservancy, and the Natural History Museum. As a student educator, I primarily organize, plan, and facilitate lesson plans for families and schools. Although I enjoy all of my academic related activities, my chosen creative outlet is fashion styling for music videos, photo shoots, and fashion shows. I am excited to be joining the History Undergraduate Advisory Board, and I hope to utilized the skills I have acquired from my past experiences; but also learn more from this position. My objective as a History Undergraduate Advisory Board member is to develop a welcoming environment that supports my peers. 


Aylín Ramírez

My name is Aylín Ramírez and I am a third-year majoring in history and minoring in Spanish. With this being my second year on the board, I hope to create agencies that foster professional student-professor relationships and help the needs of undergraduate students of color be heard. Besides HUAB, I am one of the Campus & Community Liaisons for Grupo Folklórico de UCLA, a student-run dance group that seeks to celebrate Latinx heritage while providing a safe space for students to be seen and grow. I am also a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and Lawyers Without Borders at UCLA. Once I graduate, I plan to attend law school and focus on immigration or human rights. I am very excited to continue enhancing the undergraduate experience through HUAB this year!


Gillian Smith

Hello! My name is Gillian Smith, and I am a third-year double majoring in history and anthropology. Though I always knew I would study history, I am also drawn to literary analysis, political science, evolutionary biology, creative writing, environmental science, and so much more! As a member of the HUAB, I therefore hope to increase the interdepartmental opportunities available for undergraduates and encourage more students to explore their interests in history by connecting history to other fields of study. When I’m not happily immersed in my history textbooks, you might find me writing satire for the Westwood Enabler, at Schoenberg singing with the UCLA Chorale, or in the UCLA Student Legal Services Office in Murphy Hall, where I work as a clerk. While at UCLA, I plan to complete a thesis focused on Tudor England- my favorite time period! After I graduate, I hope to pursue a master’s in history and eventually attend law school.


Sela Tran

Hello! My name is Sela Tran and I am currently a third year student double majoring in history
and psychology from Torrance, California. I plan on pursuing a PhD in history and becoming an
educator in the future. I have most recently interned at the Sherman Grinberg Film Library
where I became immersed in film preservation and curation. I am extremely interested in United
States history, specifically in cultural and media studies. I hope to explore multimedia archive
research in order to make history and historical education more accessible and inclusive.
Outside of academics, I am also involved in the Vietnamese Student Union and Southeast Asian
Campus Learning Education and Retention. With HUAB, I hope to provide even more resources
for current and incoming students and foster a positive and supportive community between
faculty and students within the department this year. As someone passionate about both history
and UCLA, I am so excited to be a part of the History Undergraduate Advisory Board and make
a difference on campus this year!


Shelby Westbrook

Hello! My name is Shelby Westbrook, and I’m a third-year transfer student, majoring in history. I previously attended Fordham University in NYC, but I transferred from Miramar College in my hometown, San Diego! My interest is primarily in modern women’s history and dress history, and I hope to pursue a PhD in the future. In my time before UCLA, I worked with community organizations that empowered youth to play a role in local policy making through lobbying and community advocacy. Additionally, this past summer, I had the honor of helping to research and design for an exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California. In my free time, I enjoy curating my vintage clothing collection. I’m thrilled to join the UCLA community, and I can’t wait to get involved in every way I can! As a part of the HUAB, I hope to connect students to valuable resources and foster a strong sense of community among history lovers