University of California, Riverside

Legislative Advocacy

Adequatestate capitol state funding of UC is critical for California’s future.

UC impacts the lives of all Californians: providing a world-class education, generating economic growth and new jobs through research innovations, and working to improve California’s healthcare and quality of life.

However, terms limits, shifting state budget priorities and fierce competition for public research dollars have changed the way UCR builds and nurtures public support.

Volunteer advocates play an integral role in UCR’s future by contacting state officials on matters important to UCR and higher education. Advocates support the University by:

  • Writing letters, making phone calls and sending emails to their elected officials (talking points and sample letters are provided).
  • Participating in lobby activities such as the annual UCR Advocacy Day in Sacramento.
  • Meeting with legislators and staff in their district offices.
  • Participating in special events such as legislator-to-campus and candidate-to-campus visits.
  • Serving on the UCR Alumni Association Advocacy Committee.

Other Resources

UCR News
UCR Governmental and Community Relations
UCR Facts and Impacts
UC for CA Online Advocacy
Find Your Elected Officials

More Information
For more information about becoming an Alumni Advocate contact Bill Cole at or (951) 827-2586.