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Meet Learning & Organizational Development Specialist Oscar Lara

Learning & Organizational Development Specialist Oscar Lara, the newest member of the Learning and Development team

UCOP Learning and Development recently welcomed Learning & Organizational Development Specialist Oscar Lara. Oscar brings a passion for equity-minded learning practices that allow for accessibility through universal design, inclusion and holistic development.

“I am excited to bring my equity-minded and DEI-centered approach in expanding current learning and development offerings at UCOP,” Oscar says. “I am looking forward to the direct impact I will have on staff’s success in their current roles and overall careers.”

Prior to UCOP, Oscar worked at UC San Diego for seven years in a variety of positions. Most recently, he was associate director of sorority and fraternity life within the Center for Student Involvement. There, he oversaw leadership, DEI, policy compliance and risk mitigation programs and training for a community of over 2,500 students. He also facilitated training for staff across campus on a variety of topics.

“I enjoy working with adult learners in navigating new experiences, developing skills and expanding current strengths. As a life-long learner, I am committed to supporting others in reaching the ‘Aha!’ moment in learning a new skill,” says Oscar.

Born in Mexico, Oscar grew up in Orange County, California, and is a proud UC Irvine alumnus. He graduated from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in English with a biology minor. He also holds a master’s degree in education, specializing in postsecondary educational leadership, from San Diego State University.

Oscar currently lives in San Diego, but spends much of his time in Orange County with his family and 9-month-old godson. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting Disneyland, reading biographies and fiction, watching feel-good shows like “Schitt’s Creek” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” connecting with his community, painting and crafting, and cooking with his partner. He is an avid hiker and will soon begin training for a half-marathon.

“Supporting the university’s mission by developing staff is what attracted me the most to this role and I am honored to be working with UCOP staff,” says Oscar. “I value relationships and building community, so please reach out to connect.”

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  1. Vanessa Cavallaro February 22, 2022 Reply

    Welcome Oscar! We are so happy to have you on board.

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