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.
Also attending the dinner were the chief government relations officer from each campus and Rendon’s principal higher education advisor.
The dinner focused on common issues impacting all three segments of public higher education in California including core funding by the state, support for undocumented students and advocacy strategies.
“While each segment has a unique role in providing research, education and service to California, the three segments share the goal of revitalizing the California economy by producing innovation and a highly skilled workforce for the state,” said Keith Parker, assistant vice chancellor of UCLA Government and Community Relations. “The collaboration across the higher education segments and the Los Angeles campuses in particular, has always been a competitive advantage for Southern California.”
Additionally, the government relations offices partner in joint sponsorship of candidate forums and other advocacy activities.
Rendon expressed his support for continuing this conversation in the future and welcomed the ongoing advice and counsel offered by the participants. The Speaker serves as a member of the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees.
This was the second Joint Higher Education dinner with legislative leadership hosted by Chancellor Block. In 2015, the Chancellor held a similar dinner for California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León with Los Angeles area higher education leaders.
Chancellor Gene Block chats with guests before the dinner.
Los Angeles area public higher education officials came to talk about common purpose and collaboration.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon sat in on the dinner and listened to the various education experts.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon takes a moment with the heads of all the major higher education institutions in LA.