Bella Stenvall, ’21

Bella Stenvall graduated from UCLA in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Arabic along with a minor in Global Studies. The Norma J. Ehrlich scholarship was an invaluable aspect of her college experience, not only providing her with important financial assistance, but also a family of strong, successful women that continue to inspire her.

At UCLA, Bella held many leadership positions on campus. Through the Student Alumni Association, Bella served as the Executive Director of Spring Sing 2021, UCLA’s largest showcase of student artists that attracts an annual audience of over 9,000. Additionally, she was very involved in arts activism communities on campus, served on the UCLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board, and worked as a research assistant. She did an advanced Arabic immersion program in Amman, Jordan where she conducted independent research on the development of hip hop communities that was presented at UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Week. She also worked as a Data and Impact Assessment Lead with Shams Community, an Amman-based social enterprise that encourages social justice and positive change through important dialogue facilitation.

Currently, Bella living and working in New York City as a Coro New York Fellow in Public Affairs, which is a 9-month experiential leadership training program for emerging change-makers. She absolutely loves living in the city and aspires to earn her Masters in Global Affairs and work in the field of cultural diplomacy.