Advocacy Trips Solidify Student-Administrator Partnership on State Budget Priorities

The advocacy team enjoyed meetings with a number of legislators including Sen. Holly Mitchell. (photos by Ramona Cortes Garza and Nicole Madani)

Chancellor Gene Block and a group of students took an urgent message to Sacramento in April.

UCLA educates more undergraduates now than it did in 2010, yet total state funding has decreased significantly. To maintain the quality of a UC education, more funding is critical.

“My biggest concern was, where do students come into this conversation, who is voicing our concerns?” USAC president Arielle Yael Mokhatarzadeh said. “When it became clear that there was an opportunity for students and administrators to come together, I felt like it was important to try to forge that relationship and network as early as possible.”

Mokhatarzadeh, transfer student Dayshawn Louden, and Community Programs Office Student Association Chairperson Elizabeth Lizardo ended up forming the student coalition that brought this message to state legislators with Block.

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UC Statement regarding federal court ruling on DACA; UCLA offers legal help

The following two items address recent news in regards to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

The University of California issued the following statement today (April 25) in response to a federal court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

We are buoyed by the ruling of a third federal judge that the administration broke the law when it tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee seated in Washington, D.C., mirrors the January decision in the University of California’s successful suit that unwound the administration’s attempt to rescind DACA, and a similar ruling by a court in New York. All three rulings found the rescission of DACA to be “arbitrary and capricious.”

 

 

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Q & Advocacy: Councilmember Paul Koretz Talks Homelessness, University Partnerships, Civic Engagement

Councilmember Paul Koretz listens intently to a student during UCLA Luskin Day at L.A. City Hall. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz attended the annual UCLA Luskin Day at L.A. City Hall on March 2, meeting with students and particpating in a conversation on homelessness issues in Los Angeles.

Afterwards, he participated in an interview with UCLA Advocacy, further elaborating on homelessness, partnering with the university, and how to become more civically engaged going into the 2018 elections.

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Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo Comes to Civic Advocacy From a Different Angle

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo and Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Gary Segura participated in a special lunch conversation during her recent campus visit. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo has found success where there was once failure, a lesson in persistence she tries to impart on the next generation of civic activists and idealistic young people.

“My trajectory is very different than those who have been looking to run for office for a while,” she told an audience of students, alumni and faculty during a special lunch on UCLA’s campus.

Carrillo was invited by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI), in partnership with UCLA Government and Community Relations, for the second ever LPPI Diálogo, a conversation to discuss 21st Century Leadership.

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Postcard From Washington, DC: Dean David Schaberg Sees the Humanities In All Of Us

David Schaberg (second from left), dean of Humanities in the UCLA College, visited with Congresswoman Mimi Walters (middle) during a recent D.C. trip.

Because Humanities is so woven into the fabric of everyday life and work, one might not realize UCLA advocates for critical funding for this division of the university from the federal government every year.

“Any job that requires that you learn a body of material: procedures, rules and laws that you then apply and act in accordance with, is fundamentally a job that is going to require the skills of a humanist,” said David Schaberg, dean of Humanities in the UCLA College.

Each year Schaberg and his fellow humanities deans across the nation converge on Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressmembers and their staff during the NHA (National Humanities Alliance) Humanities Advocacy Day. This year, Schaberg was able to meet directly with Mimi Walters, Congresswoman and UCLA alumna from Orange County, as well as a number of congressional staff members.

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UCLA Advocates In Action: Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine Lean on Vast Experience

Former State Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman and former Democratic Congressmember and State Assemblymember Mel Levine draw upon their experiences in government.

Former State Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman and former Democratic Congressmember and State Assemblymember Mel Levine may come from different sides of the political aisle, but their love of higher education has united them in a common cause as co-chairs of the California Coalition for Public Higher Education.

Both men came to politics in completely different ways.

“I’m, in many ways, a child of the 1960s — deeply concerned about civil liberties and civil rights,” said Levine, noting his opposition to the Vietnam War as a younger man and his desire to protect the coast and bolster higher education as sparks to the beginning of his political career.

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