During UCLA's Centennial year, please join us in honoring the contributions of UCLA's Latino forefather, Reginaldo Francisco del Valle. Your donation will help us to commission a portrait of Del Valle, to be installed in a prominent place on campus alongside those of other persons who have played a significant role in the university's history and development. This portrait will be a lasting symbol of the impact Latinos continue to have on research, education, and public service, both on the UCLA campus and throughout the world.
We are honored to be an official UCLA Centennial Celebration partner. For more information, please visit our website.
Who was Reginaldo del Valle?
Los Angeles native Reginaldo F. del Valle (1854–1938) grew up a bilingual and bicultural Latino in the new U.S. state of California. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1873 and was admitted to the state bar in 1877.
As Los Angeles’s State Assemblyman in 1880–1881, and State Senator and President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate in 1882–1886, Del Valle introduced and guided to fruition legislation establishing and fully funding the Branch State Normal School at Los Angeles, and subsequently led the legislative efforts granting it administrative autonomy. In 1919, the Regents of the University of California expanded the U.C. system by absorbing the assets of the State Normal School in Los Angeles in order to establish its first campus in southern California: the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Without Del Valle’s legislative work, Los Angeles’s first publicly-funded institution of higher learning, the State Normal School, would not have been built, which later served as the foundation of UCLA.
After leaving office, Del Valle practiced law, remaining active in the state Democratic Party. He served on Los Angeles’s Public Service Commission (1908–1929), most of that time as its president, overseeing the development of the water supply that made possible the city’s exponential growth during the 20th century.
Since 1992, the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) at UCLA has provided cutting-edge, fact-based research, education, and public information about Latinos, their health, their history, and their roles in California. CESLAC provides data for policymakers, program planners, educators, and the general public, so they can make better informed decisions about how to address Latino health, education, and other issues. Under the leadership of Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, and with support from generous sponsors, CESLAC is the leading research institution in:
Pioneering medical education for Latino and other underrepresented minority students, including creating the first medical and public health courses at UCLA to focus on Latino health.
Debunking myths and stereotypes about Latinos in California
Making known the positive contributions of Latinos to the history, economy, and society of California and the United States.
Educating the American public about the American Civil War origins of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, via academic publications, public presentations, and school curriculum
Reversing the underrepresentation of Latinos and other minorities in the health professions through MEDPEP, a medical preparation and education pipeline program.