UCLA Volunteers Make Mother’s Day Special For Foster Families

A UCLA student volunteer works on the nails of a child during the Foster Mother’s Day event in Culver City.

A group of UCLA students and alumni dedicated their Mother’s Day this year to honoring local area foster families.

Approximately 55 UCLA volunteers helped with the 9th Annual Foster Mother’s Day at Willows Community School in Culver City, an event that this year gave a special day to more than 3,000 foster parents and children.

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Speaker Anthony Rendon Sits In On LA Joint Higher Education Summit

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has dinner with the public higher education leadership of the Los Angeles area at the Chancellor’s residence.

Los Angeles higher education leaders came together under one roof — in this case that of the UCLA Chancellor’s residence — for a Joint Higher Education Dinner with special guest California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to discuss the challenges they face, along with how current and future collaboration can help support and enrich the state.

Chancellor Gene Block hosted the evening event on May 11, which was attended by CSU Long Beach President Jane Close Conoly, CSU Dominguez Hills President Willie Hagan, CSU Los Angeles President William Covina, CSU Northridge Vice President Robert Gunsalus and Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez.

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UCLA Advocate In Action: Assemblymember Richard Bloom Maintains The Activist Streak of His Youth

Assemblymember Richard Bloom chats with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block during the 2016 UCLA Day in Downtown.

It’s very possible a person might stumble onto picture proof of a young Richard Bloom earning his chops in civic engagement and activism if he or she were to look through old news archives.

“I grew up in a very turbulent time in the 1960s, and at a school — Fairfax High School — where for whatever reason we were very active for social justice and anti-war activities,” said Bloom, now a state assemblymember for the 50th District. “By the time I graduated, the situation was really kind of burning, and then I shifted to UCLA. There are probably a few photographs with a line of police and me kind of facing off. I’m not in the front line necessarily, but in the group. Not unlike today, there was a good deal of upheaval”


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LA Food Bank, UCLA Continue Volunteer Partnership To Feed The Hungry

Carol Block, wife of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, led a group of volunteers at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on May 5.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been serving the area for 43 years, mobilizing resources in the community to alleviate hunger. UCLA Government and Community Relations, along with Carol Block, donated time in April and May as a continued partnership between the two Los Angeles institutions.

Two separate groups visited the Food Bank at 1701 E. 41st Place on April 21 and May 5, respectively, helping to organize a combined 29,554 pounds of dry food, which equals 24,529 meals for the hungry.


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Postcard From Sacramento: Professor David Hayes-Bautista And The Latino Experience

Professor David Hayes-Bautista takes a moment with California Senator Ben Hueso, who is Chair of the Latino Caucus and a UCLA alumnus, during a recent presentation on Cinco de Mayo.

UCLA Professor David Hayes-Bautista is becoming a bit of a regular up in Sacramento these last two months, lending his unique expertise to legislators regarding the Latino experience in California and the country as a whole.

Hayes-Bautista is the director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the UCLA School of Medicine. In March, he visited several freshmen legislators for a briefing on a new book he just published, “La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials”.

He visited with Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes and Freddie Rodriguez, along with staff members of Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra, Anthony Rendon, Blanca Rubio, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Monica Limón and Senator Ricardo Lara.

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