About Dr. Gu

Dr. Diane Yu Gu received her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organization Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She is designated as the Director for Organizational Development for UCLA External Affairs and is responsible for assessing and identifying organizational development needs, designing programs to enhance organizational effectiveness, and developing and conducting staff professional development workshops and training programs. Having lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and North America, Dr. Gu’s research focuses on gender issues in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), women and minority mentoring, international comparative education, and university advancement and philanthropy. Diane has published and taught courses on the topics of science and engineering education, gender studies of science, philanthropy and civic engagement, and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences, colloquia and workshops. As founding director of the External Affairs Internship Program in University Advancement and Philanthropy, she has designed the curriculum and experiential program that teaches undergraduates about university fundraising, alumni relations, and advocacy. Diane enjoys world traveling and is dedicated to integrating multicultural perspectives in her daily work, teaching, and research.



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Scholarly: Higher Education Management; Globalization and Higher Education; Gender and Diversity in STEM; Action Research; Faculty and Staff Development; Mentoring and Career Development; Migration Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Transnational Networks


Administrative: Organizational Development Consulting; Nonprofit Philanthropy Analytics and Consulting; University Advancement; Strategic Planning; Curriculum Development; Non-profit Management; Learning/Training Design and Facilitation; Program Evaluation and Development; Professional Development and Education