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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PHOTOS: Reception for Councilmember David Ryu

The unveiling of a special commemorative UCLA football jersey for Los Angeles Fourth District Councilmember David Ryu. (all photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

More than 100 community members and UCLA alumni gathered on Tuesday at Ca’ Del Sole in Toluca Lake for a special reception honoring a True Bruin in his own right, Los Angeles Fourth District City Councilmember David Ryu ‘99.

Bliss Youth Orchestra serenaded the crowd as they mingled and networked while various unique Italian hors d’oeuvres were served.

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UCLA Volunteers Make Mother’s Day Special For Foster Families

A UCLA student volunteer works on the nails of a child during the Foster Mother’s Day event in Culver City.

A group of UCLA students and alumni dedicated their Mother’s Day this year to honoring local area foster families.

Approximately 55 UCLA volunteers helped with the 9th Annual Foster Mother’s Day at Willows Community School in Culver City, an event that this year gave a special day to more than 3,000 foster parents and children.

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Speaker Anthony Rendon Sits In On LA Joint Higher Education Summit

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has dinner with the public higher education leadership of the Los Angeles area at the Chancellor’s residence.

Los Angeles higher education leaders came together under one roof — in this case that of the UCLA Chancellor’s residence — for a Joint Higher Education Dinner with special guest California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to discuss the challenges they face, along with how current and future collaboration can help support and enrich the state.

Chancellor Gene Block hosted the evening event on May 11, which was attended by CSU Long Beach President Jane Close Conoly, CSU Dominguez Hills President Willie Hagan, CSU Los Angeles President William Covina, CSU Northridge Vice President Robert Gunsalus and Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez.

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UCLA Advocate In Action: Assemblymember Richard Bloom Maintains The Activist Streak of His Youth

Assemblymember Richard Bloom chats with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block during the 2016 UCLA Day in Downtown.

It’s very possible a person might stumble onto picture proof of a young Richard Bloom earning his chops in civic engagement and activism if he or she were to look through old news archives.

“I grew up in a very turbulent time in the 1960s, and at a school — Fairfax High School — where for whatever reason we were very active for social justice and anti-war activities,” said Bloom, now a state assemblymember for the 50th District. “By the time I graduated, the situation was really kind of burning, and then I shifted to UCLA. There are probably a few photographs with a line of police and me kind of facing off. I’m not in the front line necessarily, but in the group. Not unlike today, there was a good deal of upheaval”


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LA Food Bank, UCLA Continue Volunteer Partnership To Feed The Hungry

Carol Block, wife of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, led a group of volunteers at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on May 5.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been serving the area for 43 years, mobilizing resources in the community to alleviate hunger. UCLA Government and Community Relations, along with Carol Block, donated time in April and May as a continued partnership between the two Los Angeles institutions.

Two separate groups visited the Food Bank at 1701 E. 41st Place on April 21 and May 5, respectively, helping to organize a combined 29,554 pounds of dry food, which equals 24,529 meals for the hungry.


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