I hope you took the time to reflect and enjoy your Fourth of July holiday with friends and family. This country affords us great freedom, one of which we hope is to pursue a better life through higher education.
For many, this is when the summer truly begins, which means it is an opportunity to take some time off and vacation across the state and the country.
Los Angeles area elected officials often spend their legislative recesses back home, participating in local events and taking face-to-face meetings with constituents.
At the state level, where we are beginning the advocacy process for next year’s budget, both the Assembly and Senate will be taking recess between July 24 and August 18.
Similarly, members of the United States House of Representatives are expected to be working in the district for the majority of August, while the Senate will be back after the first two weeks of that month.
And even your local legislators are taking a break through July 21, and continue to host events throughout the year where they can be reached.
Members need to see and /or hear from Bruin advocates on the issues that are important to the University. From budget to research funding to legislative bills, your voice needs to be heard. Let your elected representatives know that their support for public higher education is critical.
Before this occurs, it would be wise to use, if needed, our “Find Your Legislator” section of our website, and then our “Social Media Hub” to begin following your representatives. Our “Get Engaged” Section provides useful tips, and we just finished overhauling our Federal section with an avalanche of valuable materials to get you informed, with advice for talking to your U.S. members.
But remember, advocacy starts with you, and specifically your story. We can help give you some of the tools and information, but it is ultimately your personal story and connection to UCLA and public higher education that will connect with your representative best, not a pie graph and a data set of numbers.
As the summer continues, we anticipate keeping you informed of special local events hosted by members as a service to our advocates and as a way to keep everyone connected in these warmer months.
To amplify that message, we are encouraging advocates to take photos with elected officials at these events to use on Twitter and Instagram with the tag @UCLAadvocacy for a chance to win two tickets to the UCLA versus Hawaii football game at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 9. It’s a fun way to show that we are out in full force in the community and taking a vested interest in the advocacy of higher education.
Thank you again, and Raise Your Voice!
Keith S. Parker
Government & Community Relations
Assistant Vice Chancellor