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This was one of my favorite courses at UCLA. This professor actually gives you the opportunity to talk and discuss the materials in this class. She gives you access to all of the literature beforehand. The stress-free environment allowed the class to engage in thoughtful discussion. Professor Valizadeh always made herself available to students and genuinely cares about her work and the lives of her students. I would definitely take her again!
The BEST professor I ever had at UCLA. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is very inspiring, and is so passionate about social justice and equal opportunity. If you have the chance you NEED to take this class!
She motivated me to start my own project for low income schools, something I did not even know I had such a passion for.
Her lectures are very unique, she doesn’t lecture at you, rather we have an open discussion in every class. She is very engaging and you will not be bored. She really gets you to think about deeper topics and really opens your eyes about the world we are living in. Highly recommend this class!
Dr. V was one of the most genuine profs I have ever had. She really cares about her students. She realized that books were expensive and so after the first day of class she put all the readings online so we didn't have to buy anything for the class. Her lectures were engaging and she was so helpful with teaching us how to write well. She even had grad students come in and talk to us about grad school. They also gave us their contact info and told us they would help in any way they could. I have never met a prof so genuinely dedicated to her students. She's amazing and so were her TAs. If you get the chance definitely take a class with her she's the best!
Possibly the only professor at UCLA that made me look forward to coming to my classes. Dr. V’s energy is youthful but her wisdom reflects that of age. She makes the curriculum relevant (by bringing up current events and relating them to sociology) and even interactive (by encouraging dialogue). Feel free to read the review under me because what other teacher cares to be that accommodating and helpful to students?? She’s literally a gift from USC but let’s not give her back just yet. Anyway, if you have the chance you should definitely take her.
Dr V is the best! A professor who actually genuinely cares both about her students and the work she does which is all undeniably and passionately devoted to justice and realness. Her class provided the space for dialogue and critical thinking that is very difficult to find in lecture size classrooms. You will only do poorly in this class if you try to do poorly. Engage and be present & you will have a great, intellectually challenging experience & learn a lot about yourself and the necessity of critiquing the very institutions we benefit from. 10/10 would recommend for sure
Dr. V genuinely cares about her students and the work outside of her position as a Professor. You can see that she is dedicated to justice and her passion definitely shows in the classroom. Her class provides a safe space for critical thinking and any dialogue that is difficult to discuss on such a wide-spread campus. It's quite the experience being in her class and understanding the importance of education in PWI. You'll learn a great deal in here and something you'll never forget.
Dr. V is your dream professor. I took her course summer session C and found myself wishing I had taken a 10 week course instead of a 6 week one. There is so much to learn from her. She is empowering, kind, and encourages every student to practice self-improvement. If this course does not change your mindset on a bunch of different (and important) topics, I don't know what will.
Dr. V was a wonderful professor. She really made everyone feel so included and as though their voices matter. Highly recommend taking her class if you want to come out even more enlightened than you thought you were. Understanding different social groups was made easier in her class, and the class was structured to represent a multitude of different ones.
Dr. Valizsdeh is an amazing professor. She is one of the most empathetic professors I have ever had. She is genuinely passionate about teaching all students. Her lectures are full of enthusiasm and provides real world examples. She allows students to learn from each other and helps us develop strong arguments. I wish UCLA hired more professors like her, I hope she is given the opportunity to teach more classes in the future. Professors like her give UCLA the good reputation it has. She is AMAZING!