I hope your summer has been both relaxing and productive.
As the new academic year begins, you will notice a couple of new features to our website that will keep you better informed and more engaged with UCLA. We have started a series called “Advocates in Action,” profiles of our tried and true advocates – our first profiles were of Councilmember Paul Koretz ’79, and Howard Welinsky ’72, grad year. The second series we have begun is “Mythbusters,” a chance for us to give you the hard facts to clarify some misinformation that tends to spread – our first Mythbuster provided facts clarifying the acceptance and enrollment of non-resident students.
The website continues to evolve, so please stay tuned for continued updates to design and content. As always, we welcome your input.
As the fall quarter begins, there are several programs that I want to highlight. On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the UCLA Volunteer Center will host the 7th Annual UCLA Volunteer Day. Over 6,000 students and alumni will be taking part in community service projects at over 40 sites throughout Los Angeles County.
On Thursday, October 8, 2015, we will host the 12th Annual UCLA Day in Downtown, where UCLA volunteer advocates and community program representatives meet with members of the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This year, the discussions will focus on homelessness and UCLA efforts to serve the region’s most vulnerable populations. In the evening, UCLA alumni and the general public are invited to a special reception, awards presentation, and policy discussion. We hope that you will register for this annual evening event.
In the coming months as we enter the 2016 election season, we will be planning a number of community events and candidate forums to help you stay informed and engaged. Please check our website, Facebook or Twitter pages for further updates, and continue to “Raise Your Voice” as an advocate for UCLA and public higher education.
Keith S. Parker
Assistant Vice Chancellor