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Alumni Town Hall: A Conversation With Mary Osako, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications

Alumni Town Hall - June 16,2021 - Mary Osako

Date and Time

June 16, 5 p.m. PDT






Vice Chancellor Osako will discuss the challenges and rewards of building a nimble and effective communications strategy for a remote university community during a pandemic and a year of social unrest. Osako chairs the UCLA Campus Honorary Naming Committee, tasked with reviewing the honorific naming and un-naming of campus buildings and major physical spaces. This is an opportunity to learn more, engage in the conversation around the process and have your voice heard.

Tune in for a highly informative discussion as Vice Chancellor Osako provides broader insight into the timing, need and principles that guide naming and un-naming decisions. The conversation may cover questions such as:

  • How should the campus take in proposals for new honorific names for buildings and spaces?
    Should groups as well as individuals be considered for honorific namings?
  • How should we consider naming buildings and spaces after those who are well-respected in the dominant discourse but may be problematic in less well-known ways or within certain communities?
  • Should UCLA un-name buildings and other major physical spaces that have honorific names? In what circumstances?
  • In considering un-naming a building due to a namesake’s actions being out of step with the mission of the University, how should we determine whether to un-name?

The UCLA Alumni Town Hall is a gathering place where Bruins can have their voices heard, ask important questions, and receive transparency and truth. Sign up now to submit questions that will help guide the conversation.

About the Speaker

Mary Osako
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications
Chair of the Campus Honorary Naming Committee

Mary Osako ’96, Inaugural Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications, oversees UCLA’s marketing, media relations, executive communications, public outreach, and special events and protocol units. Her experience spans all facets of communications, reputation management and brand marketing, including media relations, crisis communications, public affairs, executive communications, events, and social and digital marketing. Prior to UCLA, Osako led Fortune 500 companies in media, technology and entertainment; she served as chief operating officer at Haven Tower Group, chief communications officer of Activision Blizzard, global communication lead at Amazon, and vice president of corporate, international and public policy communications at Yahoo.

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