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Sept. 30 - Free legal advice for entrepreneurs; Latinx Resource Center

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Students head to classes outside UCI’s Student Center.

Anteaters head to classes outside UCI’s Student Center. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


SSBC Director Daniel J. Alexander II (second from left) poses with UCI Law students in front of the UCI ANTrepreneur Center.

SSBC Director Daniel J. Alexander II (second from left) poses with UCI Law students in front of the UCI ANTrepreneur Center. Photo by Ryan Foland/UCI

New campus partnership provides student entrepreneurs with free legal advice

The UCI ANTrepreneur Center has entered a partnership with UCI Law’s Startup and Small Business Clinic. The SSBC was founded in 2018 to provide legal information for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Orange County area. Under the supervision of SSBC Director Daniel J. Alexander II, UCI Law students work on a range of legal issues related to startups and small businesses, including matters pertaining to business formation, contract negotiation, hiring and more. Students now have the opportunity to attend legal office Hours on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from noon– to 3 p.m. at the ANTrepreneur Center. They can also schedule one-on-one meetings with Alexander or an SSBC associate through the ANTrepreneur Center’s CampusGroups page.

UCI Podcast: An interview with the Latinx Resource Center’s adelí durón

Opened in late 2019, the Latinx Resource Center is one of UCI’s newest centers. UCI’s status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and the growth in its Latino student population over the past decade made it logical to dedicate a center where students can build community while accessing programs and resources that celebrate their heritage. On the UCI Podcast, Latinx Resource Center director adelí durón shares insights into how students can effectively use and engage with the center, as well as shares some big plans for the future.

Reminder: UCI is a smoke-free campus

In January 2014, UCI instituted the University of California's smoke- and tobacco-free policy along with its nine sister campuses. The ban also applies to smokeless tobacco products, electronic smoking devices (e.g., E-cigs, vapor cigarettes, personal vaporizers, PV or hookahs), and the use of nicotine products not regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for cessation or to help people quit tobacco. Marijuana or other plant-based products are also prohibited on all UCI-controlled properties.


UCI Public Health Pop-up Booth: Student Wellness and Sexual Health
Tuesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Public Health)

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Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Here's what it actually means to die 'of old age'

Business Insider, Sept. 29
Cited: Michael Rose, Distinguished Professor of ecology & evolutionary biology

#81 Finding Your Vision & Your Voice w/ Dr. Tiffany Lopez

Freedom Writers Podcast, Sept. 28 (podcast)
Featured: Tiffany Lopez, dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts

‘Red-baiting’ fliers mailed to Vietnamese Americans in tight California congressional race

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30
Cited: Long T. Bui, associate professor of global & international studies


Anteaters Gabriela (left) and Cecilia Perez

Anteaters Gabriela (left) and Cecilia Perez hope to bridge the pharmaceutical industry’s communications gap.

A pharmacy-nursing sister act aims to improve the communications landscape of healthcare

Born and raised in Oxnard, sisters Gabriela and Cecilia Perez are first-generation Americans born to parents who immigrated from Mexico. From an early age, both sisters grasped the importance of good communication with healthcare professionals to ensure information did not get lost in translation, as it frequently may for people who are not native English speakers. A 2019 graduate of UCI with a degree in chemistry, Gabriela is now pursuing her doctorate from UCI’s School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her younger sister Cecilia is a student at the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing and aspires to be a pediatric nurse.

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