Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Stephen Andrew Pilcher

This June we are highlighting Native Bruin Stephen Andrew Pilcher who is Oglala Lakota and Mexican descent. A 2017 graduate..

Stephen Andrew Pilcher (he/him) was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is of Oglala Lakota (Pine Ridge Reservation) and Mexican descent. In 2013, Stephen was a cohort member of the inaugural Native and Pacific Islander Summer Intensive Transfer Experience (NPI SITE) program at UCLA. Organized by the Center for Community College Partnerships at UCLA, NPI SITE offered critical support to community college students, including Stephen, which aided him in his navigation of the community college system to transfer successfully to UCLA in 2014.

During his time at UCLA, he served in various student leader roles in Delta Lambda Phi, a social fraternity for gay, bisexual and transgender men, and earned his BA in American Indian Studies in 2017. Currently, he works as the Student Affairs Officer in the UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, where he has the privilege to serve and academically advise the American Indian and Indigenous graduate and undergraduate students in the program.

“As a Native Bruin at UCLA, I was able to connect to an immense network of Native and Indigenous staff, students, and faculty that were crucial in liberating me as a first generation scholar and emerging leader. I now pay this very medicine forward with my own students at UCLA, and I am deeply rewarded in assisting them as an administrator as they contribute to the greater American Indian and Indigenous Studies field, and redefine the landscape of Indian Country.”

In the future, Stephen will pursue a doctor of physical therapy (PT) degree, and plans to eventually own and operate his own PT business.