Statement from President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California

We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.  

While maintaining the security of the nation's visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear as leaders of the University of California. The UC community, like universities across the country, has long been deeply enriched by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, including the affected countries, coming to study, teach, and research.  It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists, and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.

We are committed to supporting all members of the UC community who are impacted by this executive action.  

President Janet Napolitano
University of California

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
University of California, Berkeley

Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter
University of California, Davis

Chancellor Howard Gillman
University of California, Irvine

Chancellor Gene Block
University of California, Los Angeles

Chancellor Dorothy Leland
University of California, Merced

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox
University of California, Riverside

Chancellor Pradeep Khosla
University of California, San Diego

Chancellor Sam Hawgood
University of California, San Francis

Chancellor Henry T. Yang
University of California, Santa Barbara

Chancellor George R. Blumenthal
University of California, Santa Cruz

Touting the Power of Education

Chancellor Khosla served as the keynote speaker at the Power of Education Forum over the weekend, hosted by the the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation and held on the UC San Diego campus.  The forum gathered academics, executives, entrepreneurs, experts and community leaders to discuss ideas on how technologies – such as smart phones and tablets – can be used to advance education around the world.  During his keynote speech, the Chancellor talked about the importance of education in promoting social mobility and civic responsibility, as well as the need to broaden college access and affordability.  He mentioned the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship as an example of UC San Diego’s commitment to providing affordable education.  The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation is a non-profit organization, offering basic education to thousands of children in rural India. 

After giving the keynote speech, Chancellor Khosla served on a panel with Senior Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm Dr. Durga Malladi and Clinical Professor of Medicine at VA Hospital Dr. Sunder Mudaliar.  They discussed ways to enhance use of technology to improve human life.

Unraveling a Human Mystery

“At UC San Diego, we are dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of human life and health, and advancing the wellbeing of society.”  – Chancellor Khosla

From left: Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Managing Director Katharina Lichtner, Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Michael Larsson, Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence Director Lars Bode, Vice Chancellor David Brenner, Chancellor Khosla

A special celebration was held this week at the Faculty Club to thank the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation for its generous gift to UC San Diego.  The $10.5 million donation establishes the Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence, which will be one of the world’s only centers dedicated to human milk research.  At the reception, Chancellor Khosla noted that UC San Diego is the ideal place for this new research center because of our spirit of collaboration and strengths across disciplines, which will help to advance our understanding of the complexity of human milk.  The gift will also support a faculty chair to ensure continued leadership of the center, a fellow fund to attract and retain the best talent, and a research and collaboration fund to support joint studies.  

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