UCLA Advocate In Action: Francisco Carrillo Finds His Way Home

Federal Relations Executive Director Francisco Carrillo addresses a crowd on federal appropriations talking points during a recent campus event.

Francisco Carrillo was a self-described knucklehead when he attended UCLA, so much so that he didn’t make it through school on his first attempt.

He took his education for granted the first time around, but when given a second chance to make good, he did, and now the “prodigal son” returns as Executive Director of Federal Relations for UCLA with a mission to promote his alma mater at the federal level and to advocate for higher education priorities in Washington, DC.

“My undergrad story is interesting,” Carrillo said with a weary smile. “I didn’t go the normal route. I actually got dismissed from school because my academic performance was suffering. I was very young and naive. But thankfully, I got back in.”

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Postcard From Sacramento: Professor Edward Leamer Forecasts The Economy

Professor Edward Leamer presents the UCLA Anderson Forecast, which came out most recently on June 13.

Elected officials up in Sacramento know that Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast (released new June 13) Edward Leamer’s door is always open for a lively discussion.

“I think good citizenship is essential to a good university’s function,” Leamer said. “The faculty needs to do what it can to help the governance of the locales in which they reside — the city, the county and the state. I go up to Sacramento with that in mind. It’s an opportunity and an important function that’s really part of my job and also part of my activity of being a citizen of California.”

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AUDIO: Spreading the word about a new UCLA community School in South LA

The Mann UCLA Community School brings together the resources of the school, family and community to help young people thrive and make families and communities stronger in the South Los Angeles area. The school will prepare all students to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, careers, and civic life. The school is currently enrolling students for 6th through 9th grade for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Take Action: Tell Sacramento to support UC students

Dear Advocates,

As a supporter of the University of California, I ask you to join me in urging the State Legislature to invest in UC and its students. State funding creates opportunity to a world-class institution for thousands of Californians each year, supports innovation and entrepreneurship efforts that power the state’s economy, and trains the next generation of doctors, engineers, and artists. Just this week, six UC schools ranked in the top 10 of NY Times “Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream.”

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Federal relations event advises campus community on how to advocate for UCLA

Nearly 100 students, staff, faculty and alumni gathered at the UCLA Faculty Center to learn how they can best advocate for funding in light of President Trump’s budget proposal. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

A little guidance and planning can go a long way toward being an effective advocate for UCLA in light of what’s happening in Washington, D.C., those attending a special briefing by UCLA Government and Community Relations learned recently.

The briefing was held because the campus community has shown increased interest in responding to the proposed budget by the Trump administration. Nearly 100 UCLA students, faculty and alumni attended the May 30 event, including Dean Jayathi Murthy of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and Laura Gómez, the interim dean of the Division of Social Sciences in the UCLA College.

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