Throughout the federal appropriations process, UC administrators, government relations representatives and academics will be talking with members on both sides of the aisle about the importance of federal research, the incredible return on investment and the power of UC research in driving California and the nation's economy forward.
UC will also be talking about the university's research and innovation enterprise on social media and the importance of federal, state and private support. To follow the discussion, check the following social media outlets on Twitter @UofCalifornia, @UC_Newsroom, @UC_net, @ClimateUC, @UCAdvocacy; on Facebook UC Science Today, University of California, UC Advocacy Network; UC on Instagram and the UC Research Tumblr. UC will be using #GrowResearchTogether to help tie together all the research-related social media efforts. If you post about UC research and outreach activities, include the hashtag #GrowResearchTogether in posts so that UC colleagues can track and share.
Our colleagues at UC Federal Government Relations have created a federal research advocacy toolkit. The toolkit, which is available online at the UC Federal Governmental Relations website, includes the following information:
- Talking Points: Federal Investment in Research
- Fact Sheet: Federal Investment in Research
- A Guide to Meeting with Congressional Representatives
- Social Media Guide
- A Guide to the Federal Budget Process (Washington Post)
- Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 Federal Budget Update
- Fact Sheet: UC at a Glance
- UC Federal Governmental Relations Advocacy Resources
- UC Campus Governmental Relations Contact Information
If you will be participating in research-related advocacy and communications in the coming weeks, feel free to use the toolkit to enhance your efforts. These resources are meant to assist your efforts in advocating for robust investments in federal research funding. Gary Falle, UC associate vice president for Federal Government Relations, invites us to tailor and localize these tools for our own ongoing advocacy and communications efforts.
The Onward California campaign's gelato truck will be at the Davis Farmers Market on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and at the East Quad of the UC Davis campus on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The tour will visit the Big Fresno Fair this weekend on Oct. 6 and 7. Come out, eat a gelato bar and tell others how your work at UC makes a difference for them.
To see other Onward California tour locations, dates and times, visit http://onwardcalifornia.com/#tour.
In response to Gov. Brown's proposed budget, released today (Jan. 10), UC President Yudof issued an open letter to California.
In the letter, Yudof writes, "Undeniably, the governor's hand has been forced. He has produced, as he calls it, a tough budget for tough times, and the university will stand up and do all it can to help the state through what is a fiscal, structural and political crisis. There can be no business as usual.
"To that end, I will be giving each of the system's 10 chancellors specific budget reduction targets and asking them to develop and report back to me within six weeks their plans for meeting them. We will do the same at the system's central office. I then will go to our governing Board of Regents with a detailed scenario of what steps would be required to absorb a $500 million reduction — a reduction that will take the state's annual per student contribution to $7,210, compared to the $7,930 to be paid by students and their families."
Yudof's letter is posted at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/24763. UC also issued a news release about the proposed budget cuts for higher education, which is posted at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/24764.
Working to combat a steep slide in state support for higher education, UC advocates are planning large rallies in Sacramento this spring to persuade lawmakers that public higher education should be a funding priority.
The UC Student Association on March 1 will hold a rally and press conference at the state Capitol. UC President Mark G. Yudof, along with several UC regents and chancellors, will join student organizers later in the day for meetings with key legislative leaders.
"Our students are a critical voice in delivering our message to Sacramento, and it's great to see them engaging in this way," said Yudof. "We are honoring the wishes of the UCSA leaders and not taking a role in their public rally, but we will be visiting legislative leaders together that day to show our solidarity and to express how much we all care about UC's future."
To read more, go to http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/22810.
VP Dooley has recorded a video message to update the ANR family about the governor’s state budget proposal, progress in our restructuring around the Strategic Vision, and advocacy.
Please view the video at your convenience above or at http://ucanr.org/dooley020810. A transcript is available at http://ucanr.org/Dooley02-2010.