Ryan Duron Tran is appreciative of those who have helped him throughout his education and career – family, friends, teachers and coaches – and has a genuine desire to help others find their own way.
After his own transition to university life at UCLA, he had the opportunity to become a new student adviser and lead groups of incoming students through the pivotal orientation period. He made a conscious effort to make sure every attendee left orientation with a sense of confidence and the tools to start their college careers on the right foot. Through the experience, Ryan gained an understanding of the positive impact he can make on a student and their education trajectory.
Ryan brings these skills to his current role as an administrative associate where he supports the recruiting and development of The Broad Center team. Prior to joining, Ryan held several positions within UCLA, including serving as the department coordinator for the UCLA Department of Philosophy.
What was your first paying job?
I got my first paying job in the summer after my sophomore year of high school as an assistant coach for a co-ed basketball camp for kids. I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but this opportunity combined two things I love – basketball and working with kids.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Always be humble, but also be confident in your abilities. In whatever you do, trust that the time and energy you put into your craft is all the validation you need.
What is your superpower?
I find joy in bringing family, friends and loved ones together, whether for huge celebrations or small group gatherings. I’m more than happy to put in the time and effort to organize because I know that it will be appreciated.
Articles by Ryan
Strengthening Our Work Through Volunteering, The Broad Center Blog, May 27, 2020
Earlier this year, as part of my role on the Talent and Operations team, I had the opportunity to help coordinate and participate in a volunteer day with Defy Ventures at the California City Correctional Facility. Read more.