Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Visits UCLA

Rid-Thom_1On 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.

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UCLA Alumni Win the Forbes Pressure Cooker Contest

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Enrou, a start-up formed by a group of UCLA students who formerly worked for the UCLA Volunteer Center, won the $400,000 prize at the inaugural Forbes Pressure Cooker on October 21, 2014.  Ann Wang represented Enrou in the Pressure Cooker pitch contest.  Wang, a UCLA alum, worked in the UCLA Government & Community Relations’ Volunteer Center during all four of her undergraduate years at UCLA.  From 2010 to 2013, Wang created and executed a variety of service events.  She also contributed to the Social Media & Marketing Internship Program where undergraduate students combine their passions for technology and community service.

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UCLA Launches Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

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.

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Mexican President visits CA, Awards Scholarship

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was joined by Governor Jerry Brown, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Mexican Consul General Carlos M. Sada, during his first visit to Los Angeles this week as part of his tour of California.

Hundreds of  Mexican and Mexican-American leaders were on hand to welcome President Peña Nieto. Among those in attendance were UCLA Professors Patricia Gándara from the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda from the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, and our Local & Community Relations staff. Continue reading