Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Asian American Studies, UCLA College

On campuses across the country, debates rage about the presence of Confederate flags, statues of slavery advocates and Confederate war memorials; names of buildings, mascots and athletic teams; party themes and freedom of speech. As the demographics of the U.S. continue to shift away from a white majority to a multi-ethnic population, some view these clashes as inevitable. But many colleges and universities seek to transform racial friction into interaction and understanding.

Prof. Mitchell Chang is an internationally recognized expert who examines the issues of campus climate, and measures the impact of diversity and retention efforts. By identifying best practices in student services, he helps schools at all levels transform good intentions into effective efforts. He also works specifically in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — to understand why the U.S. loses what he calls “an alarming proportion of the nation’s science talent” because students transfer out of STEM courses at the college level.

Research Focus

Educational efficacy of diversity-related initiatives on college campuses. Application of those best practices toward advancing student learning and democratizing institutions.


Ph.D. in Education, UCLA, 1996
Ed.M. in Education, Harvard University, 1990
B.S. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987
Joined UCLA faculty in 1999

Selected Publications

  • Chang, Mitchell J., Jeffrey F. Milem, and anthony lising antonio. “Campus Climate and Diversity” in Student Services: A  Handbook for the Profession (5th Edition). John H Schuh, Susan R. Jones, Shaun R. Harper, eds. Jossey-Bass. 2010.
  • Denson, Nida, and Mitchell J. Chang. “Racial Diversity Matters: The Impact of Diversity-Related Student Engagement and Institutional Context” in American Educational Research Journal, vol. 46. Sage Publications. 2009.

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Not only has diversity-related curriculum been shown to reduce racial bias among students, but its positive impact is also magnified at institutions with a diverse student body such as UCLA