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Staff Spotlight: Program Representative Tara Leddington

What first appealed to you about working for the Arc+ID Program?

My mother completed a few classes in the program back when it was located on the 3rd Street Promenade. She always raved about how much she learned and how amazing the program was, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance!

Which courses do you manage for the Arc+ID program? What are some of your other responsibilities?

 I am the Program Representative for Fundaments of Interior Architecture, the History of Environmental Arts series, the Digital Presentation series, and the program’s elective courses. Also, I manage Arc+ID’s social media pages. The combination of responsibilities gives my job a nice balance of both the technical and the creative, which I love.

What surprised you most when you started working for the Arc+ID Program?

Not that I was surprised, but once I realized how much the staff and the instructors care about the success of the program and its students, I was blown away! It’s truly a group effort and very clear that everyone involved is working toward one goal: to ensure we are giving students the best education possible.

What goals do you have for the Arc+ID program as its newest program representative?

One goal is to work on getting more elective courses offered for the program. Another goal is to create an Arc+ID student community through the program’s social media pages. I want to highlight student success stories in addition to sharing important program information and updates.

What does your typical day look like?

Responding to emails and troubleshooting any student or instructor questions that may have arisen. I check in with the Arc+ID team to discuss our upcoming class offerings, deadlines, and generally to make sure things are running smoothly. I also post to our social media pages and plan for new posts and upcoming marketing events.

What other positions have you held? Which ones was your favorite, and why?

Before starting at UCLA Extension, I worked as an executive administrative assistant in an architecture and design firm based in Culver City. Before that, I spent many years working for a small independent fashion design company in Downtown Los Angeles. I don’t want to pick favorites, but I find I get the most enjoyment from jobs that teach me to approach things differently, push me to be creative, and learn new skills.

When you are not at work, how do you like to spend your time?

I spend as much time with my dog, Leggs, as I can! I’ve also been heading out to take photographs of interiors spaces, design events, and retail pop-ups for the program’s Instagram and Facebook feed. It’s so fun, and I hope to do even more in the coming year.

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Thank you for your time Tara and welcome to the Arc+ID program!

Please, don’t hesitate to contact Tara with any questions, suggestions, or comments you would like to share. Her email is tleddington@unex.ucla.edu  

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