Preparing Future Leaders
On Saturday, January 17, 2015, Senator Ricardo Lara’s Junior Senators Program was hosted on campus by the UCLA State Government Relations unit. Lara’s Junior Senators Program is a leadership program designed to expose high school students from the 33rd Senate District to the complexities of government, business, and education by sponsoring monthly visits to Los Angeles community partners. This month’s session at UCLA was their first for the incoming 2015 class of Young Senators.
Their UCLA visit consisted of a hosted breakfast, a meet-and-greet with the UCLA Spirit Squad, and several academic presentations from the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions department, and the UCLA Graduate Division. The Junior Senators program campus visit is one of many ways that UCLA Government and Community Relations has committed to the mission of building bridges between UCLA, the greater Los Angeles community, and the government entities with which it interacts with each day.
On Monday, December 15, 2015 California State Assembly member Das Williams and Assembly member Jose Medina, Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee held a Sexual Assault and Harassment Roundtable to discuss UCLA’s prevention and response efforts. The campus community was invited voice their opinions on the topic.
UCLA is committed to providing a safe campus community. UCLA Student Affairs has established the Counseling and Psychological Services, Campus Assault Resources & Education (CARE), and the UCLA Sexual Harassment Prevention Office so create policies and procedures that address sexual assaults.
Survivors of sexual assault can seek an array of services from CARE immediate response from the 24-houf crisis counseling, and get consultations on legal options and referrals for medical options.
Additionally, CARE organizes prevention and education programs for the campus community.
On Thursday, October 30, the UCLA State Government Relations unit hosted Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas from the 54th Assembly District as part of the “Legislator to Campus” program. UCLA happens to be a part of Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas’ district. His day-long campus visit included meetings regarding enrollment, campus budget and finance, development, residential life, and campus architecture.
On Thursday, October 14, 2014, UCLA launched its Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at the Semel Institute. Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg was honored for his work in the legislature toward making Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence possible. The launch was made official when Senator Steinberg had the honor of cutting the ribbon that symbolized the center’s opening. Recently, Senator Steinberg presented a plan to members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden for mental health services to be implemented nationwide. Prior to UCLA’s launch of the center, UC Davis launched its Behavioral Health Center of Excellence on October 1, 2014.
In the November 2012 and May 2013 elections, there were a significant number of newly elected members of Congress, the California legislature, and in the local government. On November 4, 2014 there will be more new members elected at the local, state and federal levels. UCLA needs advocates that have strong relationships with these newly elected members. If you have not already, join Bruin Caucus, our volunteer advocacy group. UCLA and the future of higher education (#highered) depends on participants like you.
With respect to the November 4, 2014 election, it is important that you are registered to vote and that you do vote. If you are not registered, you can register to vote online. The deadline to register in the November election is October 20, 2014. Make sure you are ready and encourage others to be also.
Additionally, on September 16, 2014, Government & Community Relations will be holding a candidate forum for the 3rd Supervisorial District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The goal of the forum is to provide voters with more information on the candidates and the issues of the 3rd Supervisorial district. Save the date for this event, online registration will be available in the next few weeks.
I hope you are having a great summer and remember to register and vote on election day, November 4, 2014.
Keith S. Parker
Government & Community Relations
Assistant Vice Chancellor