At our first Lunch & Learn presentation for 2019, Dr. Eduardo Ochoa will discuss the role of education in meeting the country’s economic, social, and political challenges. Improvements in our educational system are a crucial part of this subject. It’s hard to see how we can ever lessen the harmful effects of inequality, for example, without providing improved education for all students from early childhood through post-secondary education.
Although research has shown that a first-class education system can provide a tremendous payoff, there are a number of barriers that limit our ability to reap the potential benefits. Good education is very expensive, it takes a long time to fully realize the benefits, and the voters necessary to support increased resources for education are not necessarily direct beneficiaries. If we are to be successful, we must find a way to overcome these barriers.
Dr. Ochoa is imminently qualified to explain the national as well as local aspects of the role of education, both as President of California State University, Monterey Bay, and due to his a long and distinguished career as a professor and senior academic administrator. He has a degree in Physics, a Master’s in Nuclear Science and Engineering, and a PhD in Economics. During the Obama Administration he served as US Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
As President of CSUMB, Dr. Ochoa has focused on promoting excellence in selective fields in response to regional needs, becoming a national leader in the development of new sustainable models of higher education, and in building the university’s catalytic role in regional, cultural, and economic development.
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Lunch: Noon ($17/person; (salmon, salad, sides,dessert) provided by The Valley Grille)
Presentation: 12:30pm-1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church
Please RSVP if you’re attending the luncheon portion by Sunday, January 6. RSVP by contacting Bev Kreps at (831)224-3192 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Payment for lunch can be made in cash or check and is payable upon arrival.