It has truly been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to serve on the COB staff team ever since the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership was established at CSULB in 2005. As the center’s director, I get to work with students, faculty, and community leaders to offer training that enhances the integration of ethics in everything we do. I am responsible for strategic planning, program development, and implementation, funds development, public relations, and daily operations for the center (as well as anything else that comes up!).
Our programs are open to all CSULB students so I’ve had a chance to get to know faculty and students across the campus. Here are a few of the programs and services we offer:
- Student Leadership Institute – 2-semester ethical leadership course that’s open to all majors
- Ethics at The Beach – annual webinar for students featuring practical leadership lessons and inspirational speakers
- Ethics Across the Curriculum – $3,000 stipends for faculty who integrate 3-hour ethics modules into their courses
- Ethics Research Grants – $5,000 faculty stipends to support original ethics research
- William Dickson Faculty Fellows – well-respected local leaders engaging with students through classroom talks
- Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award – an annual event honoring an ethical leader with a $10,000 award
My educational path is a bit unique for someone working in a business college. After attending Occidental College for two years as a religious studies major, I transferred to UCLA where I earned my BA and MA degrees in dance. I briefly taught dance at UCLA and West Los Angeles Community College. Years later, I was a 3rd-grade teacher at Minnie Gant Elementary School, right across from our campus. I went on to earn a professional coaching and mentoring certificate from CSULB and a somatic coaching certificate from the Strozzi Institute. After having completed a multicultural wellness education program through Capacitar International, I am grateful to have an opportunity to share some relaxation and wellness practices with COB staff members. Who doesn’t need a little relaxation during a pandemic?!!
I enjoy volunteering in our community, especially through the Rotary Club of Long Beach and Junior League of Long Beach. I also love to travel and have visited over 35 countries around the world. I always have unique experiences on my journeys. On a 2015 trip to Ireland with my son and daughter, we were standing near the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, when I heard, “Janey?” As I turned around, I was delightfully surprised to see Lizzet Rojas (whose COB Dean’s office desk was about 20 feet from mine at that time) standing right in front of me. Clearly, we can never travel far from our COB family!