Top Advocacy Moments for UC Riverside in 2015: Highlander Briefing Room

The University of California, Riverside plays a unique and essential role in educating the next generation of leaders, producing innovative research and serving the community. Take a look at how UCR Highlanders built stronger partnerships with elected officials, civic leaders and community members to make California and the Inland region a better place.

UCR School of Public Policy Marked an Historic Day with California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León. Senator De León delivered the keynote address to launch the inagural class of 29 students in the UC Riverside Master of Public Policy program on Sept. 25, 2015. “The challenges facing our state in the 21st century are very real and pressing,” he said. “Public policy matters…Your ideas will matter.” Pictured from left, Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Senator De León, School of Public Policy Dean Anil B. Deolalikar — Read full article
Highlanders Advocated in Sacramento for Increased State Investment to Keep UC Accessible and Affordable. On March 19, 2015, more than 200 University of California alumni, students and higher education advocates volunteered their time to meet with legislative leaders in Sacramento on UC Day. They engaged in key conversations about UC’s public service contributions to California, and thanked them for their continued investment in UC to help enroll more California students. — Learn how to get involved.
UCR Testified Before the California Assembly Higher Education Committee on Student Diversity. On May 29, 2015, Committee Chair Jose Medina (UCR ’74 and ’84) (61st district, D-Riverside) and his colleagues Assemblymembers Tom Daly (69th district, D-Anaheim), Cristina Garcia (58th district, D-Bell Gardens), and Mike Gipson (64th district, D-Carson) heard from UCR leaders and educators on successful strategies to better serve low-income, first-generation college students. UCR is proudly one of the most diverse UC campuses, and ranks 2nd in the nation for contributing to the public good based on student social mobility, research and service. Harvard ranks 8th. — Learn more about our diversity initiatives.
UCR Partnered with Riverside Unified School District and Riverside City College to Expand STEM Education. With an increasing number of jobs requiring skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), preparing a highly-educated workforce in STEM fields is a national and local priority. This partnership builds upon the current success of the Riverside STEM Academy, which is operated by RUSD and located less than one mile away from UCR. Pictured from left, Chancellor Wilcox, RCC President Wolde-Ab Isaac and RUSD Superintendent David Hansen. — Learn more.
UCR Hosted Congressman Mark Takano for a Policy Lecture on “Opportunity in America.” Speaking to a room of students and academic scholars, Congressman Takano (UCR T.C. ’88 and M.F.A ’10) shared his policy perspective on federal fixes to address income inequality, college affordability, health care access, and affordable housing for the next generation. — See photo gallery.
UCR Met with California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross. During her campus visit on June 26, 2015, Secretary Ross toured research labs and learned more about UCR’s efforts to combat citrus greening disease that threatens California’s $2 billion citrus industry. — See photo gallery.
UCR Students Shared their Educational Aspirations with UC Regent John A. Pérez. On Nov. 30, 2015, former Assembly Speaker and current UC Regent John A. Pérez met with UCR students, faculty researchers and staff to get a closer look at campus initiatives on student success. The Board of Regents is the UC’s governing body, responsible for voting on issues such as tuition and the UC budget that affect the system as a whole. — See photo gallery.
UCR Discussed the Future of Renewable Energy with Congressman Ken Calvert. During his campus visit, Congressman Calvert visited UCR’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology to get a closer look at UCR’s leading research on advanced electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. California’s future will be powered by more solar, wind, and recycled waste products, all of which need to be seamlessly and efficiently integrated to power homes, vehicles and buildings. — Learn more about our research.
Highlanders and UC Immigration Scholars Hosted Senator Ricardo Lara. UCR convened immigration policy experts from throughout the UC system to explore how state and local efforts intersect with national developments on immigration. It was the first time this sixth annual UC conference was held in Riverside. “A conversation about the future of California cannot be had without first addressing immigration realities through forward-looking policy solutions.” said Lara. “I am honored to attend this timely and relevant convening at UC Riverside to discuss immigrant integration legislation that benefits non-citizens and citizens alike.” —Learn about UCR’s Immigration Research Group.
UCR Partnered with Regional Civic Organizations to Host Governor Jerry Brown’s Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil. On Dec. 10, 2015, Secretary Pasquil demystified the process of getting appointed by the Governor to serve on one of California’s 300-plus boards and commissions. Pasquil was joined by Senator Richard D. Roth (31st district, D-Riverside) in a moderated discussion led by Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Dean of the UCR School of Public Policy. The community forum was co-hosted by the UCR Office of Governmental and Community Relations, the UCR School of Public Policy, Sen. Richard Roth, Assemblymember Jose Medina (61st district, D-Riverside), Corona Chamber of Commerce, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, The Group (an African American community action organization in Riverside), Latino Network, Latino Voter Registration Project, League of United Latin American Citizens, League of Women Voters, Monday Morning Group, Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the NAACP-Riverside Branch. —Learn how to become a Governor’s appointee.
“Let’s Make Hope Happen!” in San Bernardino. On Nov. 10, 2015, UCR joined the San Bernardino Unified School District in a community gathering to discuss the important role that higher education plays in lifting people up into the middle class to create a vibrant regional economy. San Bernardino Unified’s 4th Annual Community Gathering for Excellence embraced the theme of “Making Hope Happen” and brought together agencies and community leaders to take collaborative action. Partners included Chancellor Kim Wilcox, Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (47th district, D-San Bernardino), SBCUSD Superintendent Dale Marsden, County Supervisor James Ramos, San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis, CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales, County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre, among others. — Learn more.

Thank you for your advocacy support of UCR in 2015. Join us again in 2016 for another remarkable year. Go Highlanders!