UCLA community salutes military service members and veterans

UCLA honored veterans with a special ceremony on Wednesday at Wilson Plaza.

More than 350 UCLA community members — veterans, ROTC cadets, faculty, staff, alumni and friends — gathered in Wilson Plaza Nov. 11 for UCLA’s eighth annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor current military service members and veterans.

Thanking them for their service, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block talked about UCLA’s innovative programs that care for the physical and mental health needs of veterans and military service members and about the university’s 70-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles campus. There are new opportunities for further collaboration, he pointed out, as leaders develop a master plan to transform that campus into a 21st century space for veterans.


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Workshop Teaches UCLA Students How to Hone Their Advocacy Skills

Students and alumni participate in the inaugural UCLA Student Advocacy Workshop.

Approximately 30 UCLA students visited with UCLA staff and alumni in taking their first steps toward an enriching life of advocacy on behalf of the university and beyond.

The inaugural UCLA Student Advocacy Workshop took place on Oct. 28 at the James West Alumni Center.

After dinner, students were presented the many facets of UCLA Government and Community Relations (GCR), including the Volunteer Center, and then broke up into groups to strategize and role play potential future interactions with the elected officials impacting UCLA the most.

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Assistant Vice Chancellor Keith S. Parker’s Fall Message


First, let me thank all of our volunteers and advocates that made the 7th Annual UCLA Volunteer Day and the 12th Annual UCLA Day in Downtown Los Angeles so successful. Volunteer Day saw over 6,000 students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends work on community service projects at 48 sites throughout Los Angeles County. At many of the school sites, our volunteers were joined by parents and students. At parks, community centers and at community based organizations, we had participation by the broader Los Angeles community. Go to Flickr to see pictures from Volunteer Day that capture the essence of the work that was done. I especially want to thank those elected officials for their support by donating buses which enabled volunteers to be transported from Westwood to their work sites.

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