Assistant Vice Chancellor Keith S. Parker’s Fall Message

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First, let me thank all of our volunteers and advocates that made the 7th Annual UCLA Volunteer Day and the 12th Annual UCLA Day in Downtown Los Angeles so successful. Volunteer Day saw over 6,000 students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends work on community service projects at 48 sites throughout Los Angeles County. At many of the school sites, our volunteers were joined by parents and students. At parks, community centers and at community based organizations, we had participation by the broader Los Angeles community. Go to Flickr to see pictures from Volunteer Day that capture the essence of the work that was done. I especially want to thank those elected officials for their support by donating buses which enabled volunteers to be transported from Westwood to their work sites.

On October 6th, we held our 12th Annual UCLA Day in Downtown Los Angeles event. This year’s theme was “Homelessness.” Our advocates highlighted the wide range of community based programs supported by UCLA to address homeless issues in Los Angeles. In meetings with City Council and Board of Supervisors’ members and their staff, our advocates described their efforts and outcomes in addressing one of the most critical issues facing Los Angeles. After our recognition reception, a panel discussion moderated by Conan Nolan of NBC4 with City Councilmember Jose Huizar and Phil Ansell discussed the programmatic efforts being undertaken by the city and county with regards to homelessness. Thank you again to our delegates and attendees at UCLA Day in Downtown Los Angeles.

The fall with continue to be a busy time for Government & Community Relations. Please join our Advocacy efforts at advocacy.ucla.edu/advocacy/join.

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