AVC Message: Farewell

Greetings Bruins!

This is my final AVC message. After 36 years at UCLA, I will be retiring at the end of this year. I have had the joy and the privilege of serving as AVC for the past 19 years, and my love and passion for UCLA runs deep. I know that public higher education is one of the most important assets in our society. It is the “game changer” that advances our nation, and among the higher education community, UCLA is a leader. 

As advocates, you have taken the UCLA message to our elected officials at all levels of government and you have taken our message to your family, friends and your community. I am so proud of what we have accomplished in developing and sustaining our Advocacy Days in Downtown, Sacramento and in Washington, while also being able to integrate the work of the UCLA Volunteer Center into our efforts. None of this would have been possible without the support and commitment of you, our Bruin advocates.

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EVENT CALENDAR: Ring In the Holidays With Philanthropy and Advocacy

With the holiday season in full swing, many elected officials will be hosting special events and philanthropic endeavors in the coming month.

These events are a great opportunity for UCLA advocates to get out into the community and show Bruin pride, while also making a difference throughout Los Angeles County.

UCLA Government & Community Relations has compiled a list of special events and open houses, which will be updated periodically as we learn of more, and we wish you and your families the very best holiday season!

And don’t forget to tag @UCLAadvocacy on social media so we can spread the good cheer!

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UCLA faculty voice: DACA students represent the students we want, the doctors we need

Clarence Braddock III is vice dean for education of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Kelsey Martin is dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Clarence Braddock III is vice dean for education of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Kelsey Martin is dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This column originally appeared in U.S. News and World Report.

Many eloquent voices have been raised in opposition to the move by President Trump and some members of Congress to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, justly protesting the profoundly negative, destructive impact it would have on the individuals and properly condemning its inconsistency with our values and history as a nation. We seek to add to this chorus an additional, yet unique, set of observations on the impact this action would have on a distinct group of young people: those who are currently engaged in training to become physicians.

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How tax reform could price students out of graduate school

Hundreds of UC Davis graduate students took part in the national “Grad tax walkout” (Photo courtesy Roy Taggueg, UC Davis)

With tax reform at the top of the congressional agenda, University of California students and leaders are pushing back against proposed provisions that could leave some graduate students shouldering a tax bill so big they could be forced out of school or decide not to enroll at all.

Taxes would increase by more than 30 percent for many UC graduate students if the current House proposal is enacted – and some could see their liability soar by a whopping 400 percent. Even for those facing less drastic hikes, the increase could be enough to threaten their continued studies.

At issue is a proposed change to the tax code that would require graduate students to pay taxes on a tuition benefit that is currently covered as part of their funding package for graduate school – a dollar value that in some cases far exceeds the modest stipends they receive to pursue their research.

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AB 2664 innovation funds supported hundreds of startups, dozens of product launches in 2017

The University of California announced today (Nov. 30) that a $22 million investment from the State of California to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship across the UC system has supported more than 500 new startups and existing companies, helped launch at least 47 new products and enabled companies to attract $3.7 million in additional investments.

Assembly Bill 2664, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion, was authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and signed in fall 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Through the bill, each of UC’s 10 campuses received $2.2 million in one-time funding in Jan. 2017 to invest in infrastructure, incubators and entrepreneurship education programs.

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TAKE ACTION: Call or Email Your Elected Official on Tax Reform

Tax reform proposals making their way through Congress would harm the financial security of our students and their families and threaten UC’s ability to carry out its research, education, health care, and public service missions.

If passed, the House of Representatives (H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) and Senate (Chairman’s Mark) tax reform proposals would make higher education more expensive and less accessible, with a negative financial impact on the university and our students, faculty, staff and retirees.

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