Raise Your Voice in 2015

Keith S. Parker, AVC

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2015, our theme this year is “Raise Your Voice!” As the Congress and the legislature begin new sessions, we need you to Raise Your Voice for higher education. Raise your Voice to your representatives and help them understand the value that public higher education provides to all of us. Raise Your Voice and let them know that you support more funding for public higher education. Raise your voice and let them know that you are concerned about the future of our state. If you have not joined Bruin Caucus, please click here to sign-up.

Go Bruins!

Keith S. Parker, AVC

Keith S. Parker
Government & Community Relations
Assistant Vice Chancellor



UCLA Government & Community Relations is co-sponsoring with UCLA Alumni and UCLA Student Affairs the Journey to Change event honoring the 17 UCLA Alumni who participated in the 1961 “Freedom Rides” protesting segregation in public transportation. These civil rights activists rode buses in the Deep South to test a Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in interstate transit.

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, will present a proclamation on behalf of the California State Legislature. At this UCLA community event, we also will be joined by other elected officials, community leaders, alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends of the University.

In 1961, a diverse group of young UCLA students risked their lives as they travelled through the Deep South fighting segregation. Join the entire UCLA community on February 6th for a historic evening honoring a generation of heroic Bruins whose commitment to freedom during a critical period of the Civil Rights Movement made a difference in all of our lives today.

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UCLA Welcomes Senator Ricardo Lara’s Junior Senators

lara-postOn Saturday, January 17, 2015, Senator Ricardo Lara’s Junior Senators Program was hosted on campus by the UCLA State Government Relations unit. Lara’s Junior Senators Program is a leadership program designed to expose high school students from the 33rd Senate District to the complexities of government, business, and education by sponsoring monthly visits to Los Angeles community partners. This month’s session at UCLA was their first for the incoming 2015 class of Young Senators.

Their UCLA visit consisted of a hosted breakfast, a meet-and-greet with the UCLA Spirit Squad, and several academic presentations from the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions department, and the UCLA Graduate Division. The Junior Senators program campus visit is one of many ways that UCLA Government and Community Relations has committed to the mission of building bridges between UCLA, the greater Los Angeles community, and the government entities with which it interacts with each day.


On Thursday, January 8, 2015 Chancellor Gene Block hosted the Los Angeles Area Public Higher Education Dinner at the Chancellor’s Residence with guest of honor State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. As head of the state Senate, Senator de León has a critical role in the California budget process. Senator de León is the author of Senate Bill 15, which proposes a budget strategy for the University of California and the California State University Systems that provides additional funding, incentives for graduation and support for enrollment growth. Also, attending the dinner were CSU Los Angeles President William Covino, CSU Northridge President Dianne Harrison, CSU Dominquez Hills President Willie Hagan and Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez. Each President/Chancellor was accompanied by the head of their Government Relations unit.

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Start-up Competition Seeks to Transform Health

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health System is staging an online competition to fund projects aimed at transforming health in the Los Angeles region.

Starting Jan. 12, the public as well as UCLA students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to cast votes in the “Helping U Help Your Community” contest to fund community-partnered, academic research or service learning projects intended to address the region’s critical health needs and impact community health outcomes. The contest also aims to showcase UCLA faculty and community partners who devote their careers to identifying creative solutions to some of the most challenging barriers to good health.

“We are trying to fund projects that advance the most promising or innovative ideas to improve the health of Los Angeles residents,” says Carol Mangione, MD, MSPH, who directs the community engagement effort along with Pattie Cuen, Chief Marketing Officer for UCLA Health System. “Promising research projects could provide critical knowledge that, if applied broadly, would have a huge impact.”

Five projects that receive the most votes from Jan. 12-30 will be awarded $20,000 each in start-up funding.

To learn more about the projects and to vote, please visit changemakers.com/ucla.

Sexual Assault and Harassment Roundtable


On Monday, December 15, 2015 California State Assembly member Das Williams and Assembly member Jose Medina, Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee held a Sexual Assault and Harassment Roundtable to discuss UCLA’s prevention and response efforts. The campus community was invited voice their opinions on the topic.

UCLA is committed to providing a safe campus community. UCLA Student Affairs has established the Counseling and Psychological Services, Campus Assault Resources & Education (CARE), and the UCLA Sexual Harassment Prevention Office so create policies and procedures that address sexual assaults.

Survivors of sexual assault can seek an array of services from CARE immediate response from the 24-houf crisis counseling, and get consultations on legal options and referrals for medical options.

Additionally, CARE organizes prevention and education programs for the campus community.