In his June 27 column, “Administration should improve communication with undergraduates,” Keshav Tadimeti raises some valid points. While we are always looking for ways to enhance communication, it is important to remember that interactions between UCLA leadership and students go far beyond what is outlined in the column.
In addition to office hours, Chancellor Gene Block meets three to four times a quarter with groups of 20 student leaders to better understand their concerns and address key issues on campus. He also started a new student leadership trip this past year that took a group of students to Washington, D.C. to visit with congressional and White House leaders as well as visit important cultural and historical sites.
This is in addition to advocacy trips he makes with students, quarterly meetings with USAC and GSA presidents and regular meetings with a coalition of organizations that represent students of color to engage with them over questions about campus climate.
It is also important to note that within Student Affairs, students apply for and are appointed to a variety of advisory groups that allow them to interact with high level administrators so they can advocate for student needs and concerns like mental health services, transportation, and academic and curricular issues.
It is critical that all students know they have a voice at UCLA and we understand the importance of including students in critical discussions. We can only succeed when we work together.
Dean of Students