Advocates Shine During Nursing Commencement

Familiar faces honored at graduation ceremony

Our advocates in action were everywhere at the June 13, 2015 UCLA School of Nursing Commencement.

Bruin Caucus Council member Dr. Bonnie Faherty was honored as the School’s Alumnus of the Year. She and her husband Ed Feldman have been longtime volunteer advocates on the University’s behalf, participating in UCLA Advocacy Days at Washington D.C., Sacramento and Los Angeles City Hall. Additionally, they have sponsored students to participate in UCLA Advocacy Days, ensuring the next generation continues to carry the torch for issues important to the University.


UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Interim Dean Sarna and Rep. Lois Capps share a moment at commencement.

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Intern finds unifying message in advocacy

Graduate preps for the next step

Aurelia Friedman enjoys getting caught in the middle of a good debate.

The newly minted graduate, who will take part in three commencement ceremonies this month, made it a priority during her time at UCLA to help bridge the gap between disparate parties on a number of subjects, especially political hot-button issues involving students and UC administrators.

UCLA graduate Aurelia Friedman finished up her internship with the Government and Community Relations Office last week.

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Students Advocate For Increased UC Enrollment

Capitol visit makes headway

UCLA student Trent Kajikawa woke up to a 6 a.m. alarm Tuesday morning, scrambled to LAX, flew to Sacramento, dashed between discussions with as many legislative influencers as possible and flew back home before the night was done – a whirlwind day of advocacy for UCLA and the UC system.

Was it a worthy time investment? To Kajikawa, absolutely, who said he felt his and fellow student Zach Helder’s visit to Sacramento actually made a difference in the state budget conversation. They were heard.


UCLA student Zach Helder chats with legislative staff member Tiffany Mok during an advocacy trip on Tuesday.

“We’re hitting the nail and really addressing something that can help students succeed,” he said. “We moved the needle a little bit. That, to me, is really something. We just have to continue to stress this.” Continue reading

UCLA Blueprint Enjoys Debut Night

Magazine tackles tough issues

Blueprint hit the ground running Wednesday night with a rousing example of what it can do and what it can be.

Hosted by Chancellor Gene Block at his official university residence, some 150 elected officials, journalists, judges, academics and students gathered to celebrate Blueprint, discuss its first issue and consider the challenges it examines – notably, the marshalling of research and data in pursuit of public safety. Continue reading

Young Legislators Visits UCLA

Young Legislators Program

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s Young Legislators Program was hosted at UCLA by State Government Relations unit. Garcia’s Young Legislators Program is a leadership program designed to expose high school students from the 58th Assembly District to the complexities of government, business, and education by sponsoring monthly visits to Los Angeles community partners. This month’s Young Legislators session at UCLA was the last for the 2015 class. This Fall, many of these young leaders will be attending several UC campuses and other California universities.

Their UCLA visit consisted of a hosted breakfast and lunch, a campus tour and a presentation from the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions department regarding best practices for succeeding in college. Continue reading