UCLA Advocacy

“Over time I learned how to develop political relationships, take advantage of opportunities that existed. Over time, you kind of develop a reputation.” — Howard Welinsky, UCLA Alumnus ‘72 (read more)

The Volunteer Center is a unit of UCLA Government and Community Relations. Alongside Federal, State, and Local Relations teams, the Center works with elected officials to determine service needs in their communities. UCLA Government and Community Relations also offers advocacy opportunities and training for interested members of the UCLA community.

Public elected officials are clear about one thing: it’s the personal stories and messages of their constituents that often crystalize their position on an issue and galvanize government decision-making and policy.

UCLA Advocacy gives alumni and friends of UCLA an opportunity to use their university pride to influence major political decisions at the local, state, and federal levels. The purpose of UCLA Advocacy is to gather and train a like-minded group of people who will go to bat for UCLA and influence any number of decisions — from scientific research funding, to state reinvestment in public higher education, to better terms for student loans and more funding for Federal Pell grants.

These efforts manifest themselves in a number of ways — promoting a social media hashtag, mass emailing state legislators, or making a call to a local congress member. Any and all of these steps can make a difference in crucial legislative discourse.

UCLA Advocates help make important legislative issues personal to our elected officials, and in turn help garner support for important policies that can positively impact UCLA and its students.


“You kind of have to lobby your own advocates to be on board with you and at the end of the day everyone has different motivations for coming to the table with you. But it’s more the coalition-building before the advocacy begins that is the most interesting part of the job.” Aurelia Friedman, UCLA Alumnus ‘15 (read more)


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UCLA Advocacy organizes advocacy days such as UCLA Day in Downtown LA, UC Day in Sacramento, and UCLA Day in the District, in order to discuss important issues including homelessness, health and the state budget. Check out social media coverage from our most recent UCLA Day in DC.

“We’re hitting the nail and really addressing something that can help students succeed. We moved the needle a little bit. That, to me, is really something.” Zach Helder, UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council External Vice President (read more)

Become armed to talk about UCLA with anyone, elected or expert, through our “Advocacy Mythbusters” series. From myths regarding non-resident enrollment to public funding, it is an advocate’s job to act as an educator to the greater community and make sure everyone knows the facts on hot-button issues.

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