Chancellor Block on the state of the campus as academic year begins


At UCLA, it’s the start of a fall quarter unlike any other. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of students are off campus and engaged in remote instruction, while staff and faculty are largely working from home. In addition, the campus is struggling with a substantial pandemic-related financial deficit and grappling with how to better support members of its Black community and others traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

But UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who is shepherding the campus through this tumultuous period, remains optimistic. UCLA Newsroom talked with Chancellor Block — over Zoom — to learn about his priorities for the year, hear his advice for new students joining the Bruin community this fall, and get his thoughts on how this moment could change UCLA and all of higher education.

Read the Chancellor’s Q&A on UCLA Newsroom.