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UC Riverside Hosts a Public Conversation on Diversity and Success

State Assemblyman Joe Coto and State Senator Gloria Romero will attend

(April 8, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Members of the California Legislature and UC Riverside will hold a public conversation at 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 in room 302 of the Student Commons on “The University’s Role in Enhancing Educational Success for English Learners and Students of Diverse Backgrounds in the Inland Empire.”

California Assemblyman Joe Coto, D-San Jose and State Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles will attend to receive comments from the public and from experts on diversity in higher education. A panel of administrators from regional educational organizations will also participate.

UCR Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ellen Wartella will offer a welcome.

Expert testimony is scheduled from David Plank, director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), UC Berkeley; Sophie Fanelli, senior researcher at UCLA; as well as responses from panelists Rowena Lagrosa, superintendent in Moreno Valley Unified; Sergio Flores, principal of Fontana High School; Martha Gomez, director of language services and student programs in Jurupa Unified; Magaly Lavadenz, professor at Loyola-Marymount University; Jan Gustafson, director of the Promise Initiative; Maria Quezada of the California Association for Bilingual Education; and Rocio Dresser, a professor at San Jose State University.

The event is open to the public and parking is free in Lot 30. A shuttle is available to provide transportation.
State Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. at UC Riverside

State Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. at UC Riverside

State Assemblyman Joe Coto, D-San Jose

State Assemblyman Joe Coto, D-San Jose

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