Naomi Stephen, ’21

Naomi Stephen is a Class of 2021 graduate with a B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in Education Studies. She loved her time studying at UCLA and has never left. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Social Research Methodology in the School of Education and Information Studies (SEIS) at UCLA, continuing on after receiving her MA in the same program. She focuses on program evaluation and is passionate about serving the community through research.

During her time at UCLA, she served as the Education Director for Bruin Partners, a tutoring program at Marina Del Rey Middle School, and interned for Alpha Omega, a Christian campus ministry. Over the years, she also worked as a Community Rep for ResLife, a member of Global Development Lab, and a committee member on USAC’s Financial Supports Commission. She worked at the on-campus bookstore for two years and then as a professor’s administrative assistant in her last year. She was also involved with external non-profits including HOPE worldwide where she organized fundraising efforts, media initiatives, and local volunteer programs, including organizing and directing an online tutoring program for elementary students throughout the pandemic.

Naomi has had a variety of work experiences, primarily in the non-profit sector. She spent many summers working at a camp in Philadelphia, where she helped direct a Leadership Academy and created and directed a fitness program for kids 6-14. She also worked as the Youth Programs Coordinator for US Programs at a non-profit, HOPE worldwide. From 2021 until now, she works on a research team in SEIS with the Coordination and Evaluation Center. In her spare time, Naomi enjoys surfing, getting boba, salsa dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Naomi received the Norma J. Ehrlich Alumni Scholarship in 2018 and deeply appreciates this community of support throughout her time at UCLA. She hopes to remain connected with other scholarship recipients and is grateful for all the advice and guidance over the past few years. For anyone currently at UCLA, I will be here until at least 2027 so please feel free to reach out!