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Bunche Center Hosts Welcome for New African-American Students


WHAT: The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies will hold the

2007 Black Convocation, which is the center’s official welcome event for

UCLA’s black freshman, students, faculty and staff. This year’s event is

significant because the number of freshman black students reached a crisis point in 2006, when only 100 students enrolled at

UCLA. Subsequently, UCLA students, alumni and many individuals in

the Los Angeles community volunteered to help reverse the trend; this

fall, about 200 students will enroll at UCLA. (Final admissions figures won’t be available until October.)

WHO: Speakers include:

Keynote speaker Cynthia McClain-Hill, who received her bachelor’s and law degrees from UCLA, co-founder of Strategic Counsel, a firm specializing in strategic public policy development and former member of the California Coastal Commission.

Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, UCLA vice chancellor of the graduate division.

Janina Montero, UCLA vice chancellor of student affairs.

Darnell Hunt, director of the Bunche Center and professor of sociology.

Brenda Stevenson, chairwoman of UCLA’s Afro-American Studies Program and professor of history.

Christina Walter, chairwoman of UCLA’s African Student Union, a student group for black students.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., reception; 7 p.m., program, Tuesday, Oct. 2.

WHERE: All events will take place in Covel Commons, 200 DeNeve Drive; the reception will take place in the Terrace and the program will be in the Grand Horizon Room.

MEDIA CONTACT: Letisia Marquez, UCLA Office of Media Relations, (310) 206-3986.

PARKING: Parking for cars will be available in Sunset Village. Television trucks can park in the Sproul Hall turnaround. Call the media contact to R.S.V.P and arrange parking.

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