UCLA Chancellor Block Visits Sacramento With A Message Of Progress

Chancellor Gene Block talks higher education with Assemblymember Miguel Santiago during his trip to Sacramento.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block flew into Sacramento for a whirlwind day of bringing UCLA’s message of progress to lawmakers.

“I think the meetings were all very positive,” Block said after the day was done. “Everyone we spoke to was impressed by UCLA and what we are accomplishing.”

On March 9, the Chancellor sat down with Assemblymembers Patrick O’Donnell, Jimmy Gomez, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Jose Medina, Miguel Santiago, Richard Bloom and Senators Ben Allen, Kevin de León, Ricardo Lara and Sharon Runner. For lunch, he met with the Capitol Bruins, a group of influential UCLA advocates.

In 2016, there are several major topics that are on many lawmakers’ minds including resident versus non-resident enrollment and diversity. The Chancellor’s meetings were primarily targeting legislative leadership and key committee chairs.

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Advocates Bring Message Of College Access, Success To State Lawmakers on Day in the District

Advocates presented customized information to elected officials and staff members during this year’s UCLA Day in the District. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)

“We want to talk more about the resources we have for you,” UCLA advocate Darryn Harris said as he reached out to Nancy Farias, district director for 43rd District Assemblymember Mike Gatto, and handed her a folder full of information on UCLA’s impact within her constituents’ community.

UCLA faculty, students, alumni and advocates spread across the Greater Los Angeles region on March 4 to show the civic leaders that the university is doing great work in their own backyards. UCLA Day in the District, which will also take place on March 11 and 18, presented an opportunity for UCLA to reconnect with legislators and staff members and remind them that a great resource resides in all of Los Angeles.


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Photos: Mayor Eric Garcetti Leans On UCLA For Los Angeles Solutions

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chancellor Gene Block share a laugh before guests arrive for a special dinner at the Chancellor’s Residence. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block welcomed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and approximately 30 prominent UCLA staff, faculty and alumni to the Chancellor’s Residence on March 1 for an open discussion on the state of Los Angeles and the most important projects taking place across the campus and the city.

As Garcetti made his way through talking with all of the guests, he had two requests. First, he wanted an introduction, but second: “Everyone tells me problems, so instead, I would like to hear one solution from each of you.”

The guests were happy to oblige, tackling important Los Angeles topics ranging from mass transportation to homelessness and diversity. The night in pictures follows.

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Crenshaw Community Comes Together To Welcome Harris-Dawson

Marqueece Harris-Dawson is in the middle of his first year on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the Eighth District. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)

UCLA and a coalition of groups including L.A.’s Promise, Los Angeles Urban League, Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, Holman United Methodist Church and UCLA Black Alumni Association presented a special welcome reception for freshman Eighth District Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Advocates and community members gathered at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Feb. 29 to celebrate civic engagement at the local level as one of their own settles in at City Hall.

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