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Celebrate College Awareness Month at UCOP in February

Did you know that February is College Awareness Month? The Department of Education Partnerships is lining up several events and an exhibit to spotlight some of the UC individuals working to make college a reality for every deserving student.

“We’re taking the opportunity to educate our UCOP colleagues about the work UC does to contribute to college preparation and access for K–12 students throughout the state,” said Yvette Gullatt, Education Partnerships assistant vice provost and executive director.

Here’s the lineup:

Hans Johnson, Friday, Feb. 1, 12 to 1 pm, Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room

Hans Johnson (pictured above) is co-director of research and Bren Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. He will present his report, Defunding Higher Education: What are the Effects on College Enrollment? The report examines the status of college enrollment and graduation in California and its impacts on the state economy. Johnson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in biostatistics from UC Berkeley. Light refreshments will be provided.

Nancy Coolidge, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 12 to 1 pm, 5320 Franklin

Associate Director of Student Financial Support Nancy Coolidge continues her series of talks on student financial support. This talk, Comparing Financial Aid Awards, covers financial aid and the “real” cost of college to students and their families, as well as tips for bringing down the cost of college. This event is co-sponsored by the OP Staff Assembly.

COSMOS brown bag, Friday, Feb. 15, 12 to 1 pm, Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room

Find out more about COSMOS, the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, a four-week residential program designed to cultivate high school students for careers in science, engineering and mathematics. There are COSMOS programs on four UC campuses, including Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz.

Evera Spears, Monday, Feb. 25, 12 to 1 pm, Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room

In her talk, Preparing Students for College, Admissions Coordinator Evera Spears provides tips for making sure college is in the future for your child. With more than 30 years of UC experience, 10 as UC Berkeley’s associate director of undergraduate admissions, Spears is also a UC alumna. She has two children, one enrolled in UC and the other who transferred from a historically black college/university into the California State University system. This event is co-sponsored by Education Partnerships and the Black Staff and Faculty Association. Light refreshments will be provided.

A department of Academic Affairs, Education Partnerships manages programs, initiatives and services that help produce high-quality teachers for California and prepare strong students for college and careers.

College Awareness Month was instituted in 2001 by an act of the state legislature to heighten awareness of college preparation among school children and their parents.

For questions or more information about College Awareness Month events at UCOP, contact Reginald Hillmon at

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