To celebrate students who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to women’s empowerment, Carol Block, wife of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council Office of the President and UCLA Student Affairs hosted the inaugural Advocates for Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Reception at the Chancellor’s residence.

The reception, which was held April 27, was the culmination of the council’s week of programming dedicated to feminism, called “Declare Your Feminism.” More than 120 faculty, staff and students were brought together to honor campus leaders who advocate for women’s empowerment and leadership.

Sandra Graham, chair of the academic senate and distinguished professor of education; Lubbe Levin, associate vice chancellor campus human resources; and Julie Sina, associate vice chancellor for alumni affairs, offered remarks on feminism, women in leadership, and service to the community.

Students Angeles Almaraz and Nicole Ngaosi were selected from a group of 50 other nominees to be honored for their leadership, service and advocacy for women’s empowerment and leadership. Almaraz was honored for her work with advocacy for students who receive benefits from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Ngaosi was recognized for her work coordinating a $10,000 UCLA Spark campaign to help expand the Food Closet at UCLA and make food more accessible for all students.