U.S. Reps. Eric Swalwell, Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Aguilar, and Ted Lieu address students at the UCLA Future Forum. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)
Four of the youngest members of Congress visited with UCLA students on Jan. 14, opening up a dialogue on student debt, voting habits, immigration and important research projects taking place on campus.
The members are part of the Future Forum, a group of 17 of the youngest Democratic representatives who have met over the last year with thousands of college students and young professionals across the country with the hope of building civic engagement and inspiring future leaders among millennials.
“We thought we were not doing a good enough job talking to the younger and future generation,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said as he opened up the forum in front of more than 75 students in Kerckhoff Hall.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block takes a selfie with a delegation visiting Washington, D.C., that included 15 undergraduate student leaders.
UCLA senior Christian Green had high expectations when he traveled to Washington, D.C., with Chancellor Gene Block and student leaders to examine race, immigration and other important issues with leaders from Congress, the White House, and cultural and advocacy groups.
“I left in hopes of gaining an understanding of what this ideal of diversity really meant to the people on Capitol Hill, and to our chancellor, the faculty and my fellow student leaders on this trip,” said Green, a fourth-year sociology and African-American studies major who is external relations director for the pre-law fraternity Kappa Alpha Phi. “I wanted to leave D.C. feeling empowered as a leader here at UCLA … and that we, as a campus, could create this ideal of solidarity here at UCLA.”
Green, active with a student group that supports African-American transfer students like him, said this week that his “expectations were far surpassed.”