In Sacramento, UCR Advocates for Public Higher Education

Alumni, trustees, graduate students, and parents met with state policymakers to grow enrollment, student services, and petition for new student success center

@UCRAdvocacy poster.

@UCRAdvocacy poster, which also appeared on #UCRAdvocate pins worn throughout the event. UCR File

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Last month, University of California, Riverside advocated for public higher education, by mobilizing at the state capitol to meet with legislators and request funding from the Assembly Budget Committee on UCR Advocacy Day.

Every year, the UCR Alumni Association Advocacy Committee in conjunction with alumni, foundation trustees, graduate students, and parents of current UCR students join forces to amplify their appeals for a more affordable and quality education and to help make the university a healthier economic engine for the state.

“There is power when a constituent volunteers their time and resources to advocate for their alma mater, support UCR’s efforts to connect the campus with the community, and build a better future,” said Elizabeth Romero, assistant vice chancellor of Governmental and Community Relations.

Advocate for public higher education.

From left, Elizabeth Romero, assistant vice chancellor of Governmental and Community Relations; state Sen. Richard Pan; School of Medicine Dean Deborah Deas, and Kathy Barton, School of Medicine assistant dean and chief of staff, recently advocated for public higher education in Sacramento. Jacquelyn González

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cindy Larive, School of Medicine Dean Deborah Deas, University Advancement, Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Governmental and Community Relations participated in UCR Advocacy Day. This year, there were 50 appointments with 43 legislative offices.

State Sen. Richard Roth and Assemblymember Jose Medina met with UCR advocates and have championed the university in their role as state legislators. Medina serves as chair of the Higher Education Committee.

Sporting blue and gold tartan rally scarves, UCR advocated for two initiatives:

  • $140 million in additional funds for the UC system. Funds would be used in lieu of 2018-19 tuition and student services fee increase, enrollment growth as well as address impacts of student growth.
  • $50 million for a new UCR Student Success Center to offset classroom and laboratory shortages, and to support student life, academic advisement modules in production, and space for student organizations.

The state budget is set for approval June 15. If approved, funding would be distributed July 1.

Advocacy Day supports UCR’s 2020 Strategic Plan by highlighting the university’s economic impact in the state. UCR is responsible for $1.9 billion in annual statewide economic activity and 20,700 statewide jobs.

The Advocacy Day effort kicked off with a Living the Promise campaign reception, during which Medina discussed the significance of state funding for student success and what higher education means to him. The activity continued with an issue briefing and outline of hot-button issues, preparing UCR to lobby before legislators.

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