Since 2012, UCLA External Affairs has partnered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, offering numerous volunteer hours from its employees in order to sort thousands upon thousands of pounds of food that are prepared into meals for people in need across Los Angeles County.
A March 29 audit released by the California State Auditor is critical of the number of non-resident students UC admits each year in comparison to local students, as well as its admissions policies and fiscal transparency and responsibility.
Many of the conclusions drawn by the audit are not supported by facts, and UC has issued a report that responds to the audit’s conclusions.
Four UCLA graduate students accompanied Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Education Dr. Robin Garrell and Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education Dr. Sam Bersola to Sacramento on March 16 for a series of meeting with state legislators during UC Grad Research Day. The students included Ruth Ellingsen, Christopher Segura, Carole Turley Voulgaris, and Michelle Miro.
Follow their trip through a social media scrapbook chronicling their efforts and meetings at the capitol.
Elected officials and members of the public are often surprised by the answer when they ask UCLA students about how much debt they expect to be dealing with once they graduate.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block flew into Sacramento for a whirlwind day of bringing UCLA’s message of progress to lawmakers.
“I think the meetings were all very positive,” Block said after the day was done. “Everyone we spoke to was impressed by UCLA and what we are accomplishing.”
On March 9, the Chancellor sat down with Assemblymembers Patrick O’Donnell, Jimmy Gomez, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Jose Medina, Miguel Santiago, Richard Bloom and Senators Ben Allen, Kevin de León, Ricardo Lara and Sharon Runner. For lunch, he met with the Capitol Bruins, a group of influential UCLA advocates.
In 2016, there are several major topics that are on many lawmakers’ minds including resident versus non-resident enrollment and diversity. The Chancellor’s meetings were primarily targeting legislative leadership and key committee chairs.
“We want to talk more about the resources we have for you,” UCLA advocate Darryn Harris said as he reached out to Nancy Farias, district director for 43rd District Assemblymember Mike Gatto, and handed her a folder full of information on UCLA’s impact within her constituents’ community.
UCLA faculty, students, alumni and advocates spread across the Greater Los Angeles region on March 4 to show the civic leaders that the university is doing great work in their own backyards. UCLA Day in the District, which will also take place on March 11 and 18, presented an opportunity for UCLA to reconnect with legislators and staff members and remind them that a great resource resides in all of Los Angeles.