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Spring Webinar Series

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UCOP's Office of Diversity and Engagement hosted the following webinars throughout spring 2017. The webinars were aimed at deepening expertise in education policy at the university, state and federal levels for UC staff members who work in college access and preparation.

Supporting DACA Recipients and Undocumented Students

Monday, June 5, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The University of California is committed to providing a safe environment and supportive community for all students. This webinar provides information about how UC staff can support DACA recipients and undocumented students as they explore options for higher education and apply to college within the context of current federal and state policies.

Presented by:

  • Habiba Simjee, Staff Attorney, UC Immigrant Legal Services Center
  • Valeria Garcia, Program Director, Undocumented Student Program, UCLA

Habiba Simjee is a staff attorney at UCLA with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center. The center provides free immigration legal services to students who are undocumented and/or have undocumented family members in the University of California system. Valeria Garcia is the program director of the Undocumented Student Program at UCLA, which supports undocumented students by providing caring, personalized services and resources that enable students to reach their highest potential.


Proposition 209: Guidelines for Addressing Race and Gender Equity in College Access and Preparation Programs

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

President Napolitano has placed a renewed emphasis on efforts to increase diversity throughout the university. Although Proposition 209 limits the use of some outreach and engagement tools, there is still much that UC can do to enhance diversity. This webinar provides a brief overview of the law and its applications. Guidelines from the Office of the General Counsel will be presented, and participants are encouraged to bring their ideas and questions.

Presented by:

  • Margaret L. Wu, Managing Counsel, UC Office of the President

Margaret Wu is Managing Counsel of the Litigation group at UC Office of the President, which represents the University and oversees outside counsel in litigation throughout the system. Ms. Wu's practice focuses on academic affairs and other complex litigation in a variety of areas, including student and faculty free speech, public records requests and privacy and data breaches.


Financial Aid Award Notices: Making Accurate Comparisons

Monday, April 17, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

When choosing the right college, finances are typically an important factor. As students are admitted to institutions, they will also begin receiving financial aid award offers. This webinar provides information about the types of aid offered at UC, how to read financial aid award offers, and tools to assist students in comparing costs.

Presented by:

  • Jamal Collins, Financial Aid Outreach and Communication Liaison, UC Office of the President

Jamal Collins is the Financial Aid Outreach and Communication Liaison in the Student Financial Support Unit of Student Affairs. Since completing his B.S. in Business Administration at California State University-Hayward, he has spent over 15 years working at many different types of educational institutions as a financial aid administrator.