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UCSF student from Long Beach is new UC student regent

July 15, 2010 |  2:37 pm

Alfredo Mireles Jr., a nurse who is a graduate student in health policy at UC San Francisco, was confirmed Thursday as a student representative on the UC Board of Regents.

A Long Beach native, Mireles, 29, earned a bachelor's in sociology from UC Berkeley in 2003 and then completed a nursing program at Johns Hopkins University. He has worked as a psychiatric nurse at San Francisco General Hospital and is now on a fellowship in which he advises state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) on issues of health and higher education.

Mireles said Thursday that he hopes as a regent to help keep UC student fees from increasing, to make sure that campuses foster ethnic and religious tolerance and to use his healthcare experience to aid UC’s hospitals and medical education programs. With national healthcare reform in the works, he said, "this is a chance in a lifetime, while I’m studying healthcare policy, to be part of the team that implements it."

Chosen from among 54 applicants, Mireles will serve for a year as a regent-designate, able to join in the UC governing board’s debates but not able to vote on UC issues until his one-year term as a full regent begins in July 2011. The voting student regent this year is Jesse Cheng, a UC Irvine undergraduate majoring in Asian American studies

-- Larry Gordon