UC President Janet Napolitano has appointed Seth Grossman, former Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to be her Chief of Staff — a decision that has sparked concern from several student officials.
Chanting mantras like “Undocumented, Unafraid!” and “Hey hey, ho ho, Napolitano’s got to go!”, UCSB students rallied in opposition to the appointment of UC President Janet Napolitano, who will be attending a closed meeting with “student leaders” today.
Yesterday’s University of California Board of Regents meeting began with a Public Comment session featuring students and workers addressing the rights of union workers and undocumented students, as well as a proposal for a tuition freeze for the 2014 to 2015 school year, made by newly elected UC President Janet Napolitano.
Along with protests against newly-elected UC president Janet Napolitano, the UC Board of Regents meeting that took place yesterday at the Conference Center in UC San Francisco Mission Bay featured discussion of various issues currently affecting UC campuses, such as the role of information technology services.
The Daily Nexus sat down with fellow Gaucho, L.A. lawyer, and UC Regent George Kieffer to discuss his time at UCSB, where he advocated tenant rights in Isla Vista and played a unique role in campus-based protests of the time. Kieffer also gave an inside look at living life as a UC Regent during one of the most tumultuous times for the UC system, discussing issues such as UC online education and the controversial appointment of former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as the new UC president.