AVC Message: 2017 Advocacy Touches All Levels of Government

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The New Year has been busy for higher education advocates right out of the gate with the transition of a new White House administration. For Government & Community Relations, 2017 will be a Year of Engagement.  Our staff and volunteers must be even more engaged this year with elected officials and policy makers at all levels of government. 

 

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Dean of UCLA Luskin takes the long view on political rhetoric

UCLA Luskin Dean Gary Segura talks about the impact of the presidential election on Latinos.

UCLA Luskin Dean Gary Segura talks about the impact of the presidential election on Latinos. Photo by George Foulsham

Gary Segura, dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, thinks that Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric may seem all too familiar to Latinos and others in California who endured a similar campaign against undocumented residents a couple of decades ago.

The current effort could backfire on Trump and his supporters, suggested Segura, an internationally recognized expert on the Latino electorate, during a presentation March 21, 2017, to a packed room of citizens, policymakers and fellow educators. The UCLA Advocacy event, co-hosted by UCLA Government and Community Relations and the Luskin School, featured introductions by Chancellor Gene Block and Keith S. Parker, assistant vice chancellor for government and community relations.

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Veteran Movie Night A Home Run At Jackie Robinson Stadium

Veterans filled Jackie Robinson Stadium for a special movie night.

More than 200 veterans enjoyed ribs and good company during the inaugural Veteran Movie Night at Jackie Robinson Stadium on March 11, a new event series meant to further activate the hallowed baseball grounds as UCLA and the West Los Angeles VA continue to strengthen their partnership.

“UCLA has a longstanding relationship with the VA through various entities on campus including the medical side, athletics, recreation and others. We, at Athletics, have been trying a number of things to activate that space as part of that continued effort,” said Tracy Huth, UCLA Athletics special assistant to the athletic director.

 

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UCLA advocates make the case for increased funding to SoCal legislators

UCLA advocates take to the hallways of the State Capitol on UC Day in Sacramento. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

At any given moment on March 8, the hallways of the California State Capitol bustled with enthusiastic Bruins extolling the virtues of renewed and continued investment in the state’s public higher education system.

If you turned down one corridor, you found one group of campus representatives patiently going over their talking points among themselves before walking into the office of Assemblymember and 2004 UCLA alumnus Matt Dababneh to present their case.

 

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Chancellor Block Introduces Immigration Advisory Council

To the Campus Community:

On Monday, the White House issued a revised executive order that severely restricts immigration and travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries and temporarily bans refugees from around the world.

I wrote in January that the Trump administration’s initial immigration executive order clashed with universities’ core values, which are to encourage the free exchange of scholarship, knowledge and ideas — and the same is true of Monday’s executive order.

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Lawmakers Share Experiences, Support For Israel with Students

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian visited UCLA to speak at a special Bruins for Israel event.

Both U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu and California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian visited the UCLA campus Thursday night to speak with students about their experiences with, and support of, Israel. The Bruins Leadership Dinner is an annual event hosted by the UCLA student organization Bruins for Israel, which invited the special guests.

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UCLA Officials Stump For Graduate Student Increase, Governor’s Budget

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block talks with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León during a recent advocacy trip to Sacramento.

With more than 750 additional California students having enrolled at UCLA this academic year, Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor Scott Waugh each separately visited Sacramento to garner support for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget, while advocating for additional funding to support a critical boost in graduate student enrollment. Both requests will work to maintain UC quality while the system works to even better serve California and its residents.

The visits to the state capital are a prelude to several efforts by UCLA Advocacy, with group trips for UC Graduate Research Day and UC Day in Sacramento set for March.

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