Quality of Life Summit Set for UC Riverside

Economy, transportation and goods movement and education among the topics that will be discussed at the May 22 event

Pamela Clute sitting at table with students

Pamela Clute is among the speakers at the Quality of Life Summit.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A University of California, Riverside administrator and two students and the state superintendent of public instruction will be speakers during the Quality of Life Summit presented by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership on Wednesday, May 22 at UC Riverside.

The event, which runs from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Highlander Union Building, will feature three panel discussions: “Working toward a Stronger Economy for Better Quality of Life in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties;” “Transportation & Goods Movement;” and “Educate to Innovate.”

Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction, the highest education post in California, will speak prior to the education panel. He previously served in the state Assembly and state Senate.

Pamela Clute, UC Riverside’s assistant vice chancellor of educational and community engagement and a mathematics educator for more than 40 years, and Lauren Blong and John Valdez, both UC Riverside students, will be part of the education panel.

Clute is also executive director of Federation for a Competitive Economy (FACE), a group of community leaders aiming to create a pre-school to college educational continuum that allows students in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to succeed.

FACE coordinated the education panel, which includes Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey and Mike Gallo, a San Bernardino City Unified school board member. Virginia Blumenthal, president of the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, will moderate the panel.

Clute said the event is a great opportunity to talk about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and its importance to the economy.

“Businesses know that STEM education is important and that those skills sets are needed,” she said. “Businesses are also concerned that young people with those skill sets are leaving this area. This panel will help us understand what is needed for them to stay, bring vibrancy to the economy and create quality of life.”

For more information about the event visit: http://www.ieqol.com/. Tickets are $95.

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