Advocating for UC San Diego

CCAB members Yen Tu (left), Ray King (back left) and Sac Carreathers (back middle) with Staff Advisor to the Regents LaWana Richmond, Regent-designate J. Albert Lemus and UC San Diego staff member Denise Serrano (right)

Over the last four years, Chancellor Khosla has increased engagement with—and strengthened the role of—UC San Diego’s advisory boards.  This has led to expanded visibility and advocacy efforts.  Just this week, several members of the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board were in Sacramento for University of California Day at the State Capitol.  Taking place every other year, UC Day offers the opportunity for campus advocates to meet with state representatives to underscore the importance of higher education.  This week’s meetings focused on state funding for student growth.  The alumni and community advocates provided their unique perspectives on the positive impact of UC graduates on the California workforce.

The delegation with Senator Pat Bates

Improving the Health of Our Hearts

UC San Diego’s physicians and researchers are at the forefront of fighting heart and vascular diseases, from the bench to the bedside.  To celebrate their successes—and advance their research, education and patient care—physicians, philanthropists and community members united at the 20th annual Heart of San Diego Gala over the weekend.  Proceeds benefit the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at UC San Diego Health.  During the event, Chancellor Khosla talked about how the Center is part of an academic health system that is able to bring together experts in a unique way to improve human health.

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the region’s only cardiovascular facility that provides research, services and training in one location.  The state-of-the-art center is recognized for its delivery of innovative medical care.  

Michael Madani, Duane Roth Memorial Award recipients Steven C. Howe and Luis R. Castellanos, and Ehtisham Mahmud 

Reaching for Their Dreams

Jesse Vazquez, Frances Contreras, Oscar Vasquez Mena, Chancellor Khosla, Carrie Fierro, Alexandra Lozanoff, Rafael Hernandez

Comienza con un Sueño, “It Begins with a Dream,” is a college outreach event held every year at UC San Diego to encourage first-generation, low-income students from bilingual families to pursue a higher education.  More than 1,000 parents and students from middle and high schools across San Diego and Imperial Counties attended the event over the weekend.  

During the program, Chancellor Khosla emphasized that a UC San Diego education is accessible and affordable, and talked about the university’s student-centered approach and resources to foster student success.  He encouraged the young students to work hard in school so they can one day become a UC San Diego Triton.  Information about university admission requirements and how to prepare for college was provided through a resource fair and bilingual workshops.

Chancellor Khosla with Early Academic Outreach Program staff member Thomas Gilkison

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