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November 17, 2017

UC President Janet Napolitano Meets
with Students at Moreno Valley College


University of California President Janet Napolitano meet with UMOJA students at Moreno Valley College on Thursday, November 9. The message to the students — from a number of Southern California community colleges — was a UC education is within reach.

UC President Janet Napolitano with MVC President Robin Steinback, Ph.D. and UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox

Napolitano, the system's 20th president, has been leading the educational unit since 2013. She was joined on her stop, which included speaking to high school students at Valley View High School, by UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox as well as Robin Steinback, president, MVC, and two former College UMOJA students who successfully transferred to UC Riverside.

At MVC, Napolitano took questions from UMOJA students who came as far as away as Chula Vista (Southwestern) and Cerritos College in Norwalk. Many of the questions centered on the financial aid opportunities, the lack of available transfer opportunities for community college students and transfer requirements.

Napolitano also spoke about the need to increase the number of African-American students who attend UC universities.

"In the past year, we saw a 30 percent increase in enrollment among African American students," Napolitano said. "We are moving the needle there, and you can help."

According to Napolitano, more than half of UC's California undergraduates pay no tuition thanks to UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan and other grants and scholarships. Reportedly more than 60 percent of UC community college transfer students qualify for the Blue and Gold plan — which covers tuition and fees for UC students from households that earn less than $80,000 a year.

Napolitano's visit was part of Achieve UC, a multiyear effort to encourage students in communities with low college-going rates to aim for a high-quality college education.