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UC Irvine official visiting Valley Monday, will address IVC classes

April 19, 2002|STAFF REPORT

A top official from the University of California, Irvine, will be making a number of presentations in Imperial County on Monday, encouraging youngsters to think about going to college as well as offering observations on foreign policy matters.

Cesar Sereseres will be making the visit as a guest of Imperial Valley College. Sereseres, associate dean of undergraduate studies in the school of sciences, is a former research consultant on national security issues for the RAND Corp.

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Sereseres is taking the time to visit us," said Victor Jaime, IVC vice president for student services. "He is not only a top-notch expert in foreign affairs but also has a strong affinity to young people and is working hard to encourage them to continue their education."

Sereseres will be speaking at 10 a.m. to IVC economics and political science classes on "how national security issues effect border regions." The public is invited to the presentation in Room 2131 of the Health Sciences and Technologies Building.


Sereseres also will be making a presentation to IVC history classes in U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.

His primary mission Monday will be to meet with students of all ages to encourage them to continue their education after high school.

He will be discussing that subject in the morning during a visit to Heber Elementary School seventh-graders and again at noon with IVC student leaders and that evening during a "dinner and platica" with high school seniors enrolled in IVC's Upward Bound program.

Sereseres will meet with counselors and other college staff members during the day to talk about UC admissions and opportunities at UC Irvine.

In addition to his administrative position, he has a faculty position at UC Irvine as an associate professor in the department of political science.

He has served as acting assistant executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Irvine.

Since 1991 he has been director of the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, which prepares first-generation, low-income students for graduate studies.

Born and raised in San Bernardino, Sereseres earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his doctorate and master's degrees in political science from the University of California, Riverside.

He earned his associate's degree from San Bernardino Valley College and attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. He was awarded a certificate from the University of California Management


In addition to his RAND Corp. consultancy, he served in the U.S. State Department as a staff member and consultant in the Office of Policy Plans and Coordination, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

He has been a visiting professor of political science and research fellow in U.S.-Mexican relations at the University of California, San Diego and a visiting lecturer at the University of San Diego.

Awards and recognition include a professional service award from the State Department, a Pew fellowship in International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), and the STRIDE award for promoting and advancing diversity on the UC Irvine campus. He chaired the first Latino faculty committee that established the Chicano/Latino studies program at UC Irvine.

His teaching and research focus on United States foreign policy, U.S.-Mexico relations, and the role of the Mexican American and Mexican immigrant communities in national politics and U.S.-Mexico relations.

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