-Anna Spain Bradley
Dignity is the principle that all humans have value and deserve to be treated as such. Enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, dignity provides the foundation for peace and prosperity. Dignity guides my approach to leadership, advocacy and service.
I am a leader, professor, author, and speaker advancing dignity in the world through education, advocacy and authentic action. For over two decades, I've dedicated myself to this pursuit in creative and challenging ways. I have served as legal counsel representing nations before international courts, been a human rights advocate for displaced peoples, provided leadership and vision for translating DEI values into action at the top public university in America and worked as a legal expert to the United Nations on efforts to address racism.
What does being a human rights advocate, international law professor and diversity, equity and inclusion leader have in common? More that you might think. Through my varied experience, I have become expert at helping people and organizations translate values into reality through education, behavior change, policy development, structural reform and a tenacious commitment to never giving up. Ideas can become ideals that help transform humanity.
What do I do now? I am currently the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As UCLA’s chief diversity officer, I lead and advance strategies for enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion and protecting civil rights for the university community. I am also a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where I continue my research and am writing my third book, Global Racism, which will be published by Oxford University Press.
What else? I am a proud Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Vice President of the American Society of International Law, member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and a founding member and former board member of Mediators Beyond Borders International. I received my J.D. from Harvard Law School and my B.A., magna cum laude, from Denison University. I was previously on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Law and served as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Department of State where I received two Meritorious Honor Awards for my service.
Where am I located? I live in Los Angeles, CA with my fantastic daughters, husband, cat, hamster and Betta fish. I have lived in the East Coast, Midwest, Mountain West, Caribbean, England and Zambia. My travels have taken me to every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
Published in June 2021, my first book Human Choice in International Law (Cambridge University Press) reveals the moral struggles and neuroscience-informed analysis of people who changed the course of human history by influencing major choices affecting international law, including the bombing of Hiroshima and the use of force into Libya. Whatever else international law is, it is also the product of human choice.
I am currently writing Global Racism (Oxford University Press), which builds upon arguments and research I published in Human Rights Racism (2019). The world must define racism, understanding its global origins and global harms, if we are going to be successful in bringing about its end.
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Getting people to think in new ways and helping groups feel inspired about the future is my speciality. I provide innovative keynote engagements for a variety of audiences on DEI, "Combating Global Racism," inclusive leadership, building a healthy culture for your organization and more..
What is America and what are we becoming? This presentation is built on years of teaching young people about national security, foreign affairs and international law. In ten minutes or less, I offer a snapshot of how our concept of nationhood is both necessary and dangerous to democracy and a vision of who we might be as a nation at our best.
I was honored to deliver the 2021 Jonn P. Morris Memorial Lecture at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'onor College of Law. My central argument is this - we cannot prevent or address a harm we've yet to define. The world has never adopted a global definition of what racism is or the full extent of its harms.
We all know that education matters. In this Global Conversation in honor of the 2020 International Education Week at UCLA, I had an opportunity to share specific insights about how education plays a role in advancing efforts to eliminate racism around the world and zero in on some key limitations. Education should never be used as an excuse for taking meaningful action to prevent or address discrimination.