UCLA Academic Advancement Program honors five "champions" of the vision and spirit of AAP

UCLA will honor five corporate and civic “champions” of education access and excellence as the first recipients of the university’s Academic Advancement Program Leadership Award.

The Leadership Award was established as part of the Academic Advancement Program’s 35th anniversary celebration to recognize individuals whose commitment to AAP’s ideals academic access and excellence are demonstrated through their professional or personal achievements.

The five Leadership Award winners will be honored at a campus celebration for AAP on February 28 in Royce Hall. Also honored at the celebration will be 35 UCLA graduates who will receive the first AAP Distinguished Alumni Awards.

"AAP has been a hallmark of excellence at UCLA for over 35 years," said Judith L. Smith, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education. "As the nation's largest university student diversity program, AAP's continuing mission is to increase the number of students entering graduate and professional schools; to develop academic, scientific, business, political, and community leaders from diverse backgrounds and, to ensure the academic excellence and graduation of all AAP-eligible students."

The first five winners of the Academic Advancement Program Leadership are:

Ignatius BauIgnatius Bau, director of culturally competent health systems, The California Endowment

Brad DelsonBrad Delson -- UCLA alumnus, philanthropist, community activist, and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning band, Linkin Park

Antonia HernandezAntonia Hernandez, two-time UCLA alumna, and president and chief executive officer of the California Community Foundation

Brian MaillianW. Brian Maillian, two-time UCLA alumnus; founder, chair and chief executive officer of Whitestone Capital Group; and advocate for African American educational opportunities

Arnold MitchemArnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, activist for low-income and disabled Americans, and proponent of access to higher education


Ignatius Bau

Ignatius Bau

Ignatius Bau, J.D., is a Program Director at The California Endowment, directing the foundation’s program on cultural competency, language access and health workforce diversity. He manages program development, grantmaking, grant administration and monitoring, technical assistance and evaluation.

Before joining the California Endowment, Bau held several positions at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national advocacy organization seeking to improve the health and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, most recently as its Deputy Director for Policy and Programs. Bau and APIAHF led community efforts that successfully advocated for the creation of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 1999. He was the principal author of the January 2001 report from the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as part of the implementation of that White House Initiative.

Bau has served on numerous nonprofit, community-based organizations’ boards of directors, including the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the California Budget Project, and the National Minority AIDS Council.

Bau has also served on a number of government committees and task forces, including the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, the National Institutes of Health’s Office of AIDS Research Prevention Science Working Group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National HIV Prevention Planning Group, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health National Minority HIV Plan Working Group, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on HIV Prevention Strategies Non-Governmental Organization Liaison Panel and the California Department of Health Services’ Task Force on Multicultural Health.

He also was a member of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Public Advisory Group, the National Quality Forum Work Group on Minority Healthcare Quality Measurement and Reporting, and several Technical Advisory Committees for the California Health Interview Survey.

Prior to his work at APIAHF, Bau worked for ten years as a civil rights lawyer, focusing on immigration-related issues. He was a member of the legal team that challenged the U.S. policy of returning Haitian refugees to Haiti without an asylum hearing and forced the Immigration and Naturalization Service to allow HIV+ Haitian refugees detained at Guantanamo Bay into the U.S. He also worked on class action litigation involving language access in government benefit programs, work authorization for immigrants and refugee resettlement funding and on legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Among his publications are a chapter on immigration law in the book "AIDS and the Law" and a book on the sanctuary movement for Central American refugees.


Brad Delson

Brad Delson

Brad Delson is a founding member and the guitarist of Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling rock band Linkin Park. The group's unique blend of alternative rock music, hip-hop, and electronic elements has earned them critical praise, numerous industry awards, and a wide-ranging international fan base whose members number in the millions.

In 2005, Linkin Park established Music For Relief, a non-profit organization founded to aid victims of world catastrophes and combat global warming. The organization has raised almost three million dollars since its inception, helping victims of the South Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the Southern California wildfires.

In 2004, Delson and his wife established the Delson Scholarship Fund at UCLA which annually awards four-year scholarships to extraordinary students from Huntington Park.

Delson entered UCLA in 1995 as a Regent Scholar. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated summa cum laude and with college honors from UCLA in 1999, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a specialization in Business and Administration. He is also an avid fan of all things blue and gold.

Delson and his bandmates-vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, drummer Rob Bourdon, bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell and DJ Joseph Hahn-formed in Southern California in the late '90s and quickly made their mark with the release of the highly lauded debut album Hybrid Theory. Released in 2000, the album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and featured three top ten radio hits: including "Crawling," which earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. To date, Hybrid Theory has sold more than 18 million copies and was given the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) Diamond award for sales exceeded 10 million or more copies.

Following Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park released Reanimation (2002), Live In Texas (2003), Meteora (2003), and Collision Course (2004), all of which have combined for more than 40 million album sales worldwide.

Meteora, the band's second full-length release, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and featured five top ten radio hits. For Collision Course, the band teamed with acclaimed rapper Jay-Z and won their second Grammy (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration) for "Numb/Encore." In early 2007, Linkin Park released Minutes To Midnight which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 and was one of the highest selling albums of 2007.

To date, the album has reached No. 1 in 32 countries.

Linkin Park has performed to sold-out venues on five continents. The band participated in Live Earth, Live 8, and performed at the 2006 Grammy Awards with Jay-Z and Paul McCartney. Last fall, Linkin Park made music history as the first rock group to perform at a stadium in China (Shanghai Hongkou Stadium). The group was also named "Band of 2007" during the MTV Europe Music Awards and was honored with an American Music Award for "Favorite Alternative Rock Artist."


Antonia Hernandez

Antonia Hernandez

Nationally recognized for her commitment toward the betterment of underserved communities in Los Angeles and beyond, Antonia Hernández joined the California Community Foundation as president and chief executive officer in 2004.

Established in 1915, the California Community Foundation is one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California, with assets of more than $1 billion. In partnership with its more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate donors, the foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for health and human services, affordable housing, early childhood education, community arts and culture and other areas of need.

Previously, Hernández was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation’s Latinos through the legal system, community education, and research and policy initiatives.

An expert in philanthropy, civil rights and immigration issues, Hernández began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and worked as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary before joining MALDEF in 1981 as regional counsel in Washington, D.C.

Hernández is a trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation and a member of the boards of directors of the American Constitution Society, the national American Automobile Association, the Automobile Club of Southern California and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). She currently serves on commissions, advisory boards and committees, including the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, the JFK Library Foundation Profile in Courage Award Committee and UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors. She is a frequent public speaker and has been awarded a number of honorary degrees and awards.

Hernández is a member of the State Bar of California, District of Columbia Bar, American Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles and a fellow of the American Law Institute.

Hernández earned her B.A. in History at UCLA in 1970 and J.D. at the UCLA School of Law in 1974.


W. Brian Maillian

Brian Maillian

W. Brian Maillian has over 30 years of success in the financial services industry and has been a leader in identifying, nurturing and mentoring the next generation of African American leaders in the financial community.

Maillian is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Whitestone Capital Group, Inc., an investment advisory firm specializing in financial advisory services to the U. S. Government and its Federal Agencies since 1993. Whitestone is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, D.C.

Whitestone's clients include the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Administration, U. S. Small Business Administration, the Government National Mortgage Association, General Services Administration and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Whitestone provides strategic financial advisory services, including program financial management, transaction financial management, investment banking, capital market analyses and financial engineering. Mr. Maillian has advised on transaction and engagements worth over $500 billion for various Federal Agencies.

Maillian's longstanding professional career has many successes including creating some of the first and most innovative Mortgage Backed Securities. He is a nationally recognized expert in creative structuring of mortgage securities. Institutional Investor magazine selected two mortgage transactions created by Mr. Maillian as Collateralized Mortgage Obligations "CMO Deals of the Year".

Maillian is also a Principal and a Managing Director of Rideau Lyons & Co.; a Los Angeles based Investment Banking Firm that focuses on providing Investment Banking and Financial Advisory Services to California State and Local Governments focusing on Urban and Inner-City transactions.

In 1969, Maillian was admitted to UCLA through the High Potential Program, the predecessor organization to the current Academic Advancement Program (“AAP”) at UCLA. During Mr. Maillian’s undergraduate years at UCLA he became very active in the Upward Bound Program.

In 1977, Maillian was the first African American at Salomon Brothers to work in a branch office west of the Mississippi and the second African American to work in a branch office. Maillian joined The First Boston Corporation and move to New York as a Vice President, one of his responsibilities was advising the State of Victoria and the National Mortgage Market Corporation in Melbourne, Australia on strategic issues related to the creation of a secondary mortgage market for the Commonwealth of Australia.

Maillian became very active as a sponsor of African American undergraduates, in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunities Program (SEO). The SEO program allowed African American youth to work for Wall Street firms during the summer and concurrently to work with a mentor as their sponsor. Over the years the SEO program has produced many African American financial professionals.

For the past 25 years, Maillian has recruited and/or mentored most of the successful African American financiers on Wall Street, including Ron Blaylock (Blaylock Partners), John Utendahl (Utendahl Capital), Tracy Maitland (Founder, President and CEO, Advent Capital), Deborah Wright (President and CEO, Carver Federal Savings Bank), David Bowen (Partner, Ascend Venture Group), the late Wardell Lazard (Founder, President and CEO, W.R. Lazard & Co.) and many others.

In 1981, Maillian was voted onto the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League. During his six year term on the NUL Board he worked closely with Vernon E. Jordan Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Brown, Vice President NUL. Maillian work on several key committees of the National Urban League, including being Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. Mr. Maillian has served on the Board of Directors of Toyota Financial Savings Bank, the National Association of Securities Professionals, the New York Urban League and the Bay Area Urban League.

Maillian currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Continuum Health Partners, Inc., a $2.5 billion hospital holding company including five hospitals in New York City including, Roosevelt Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

On February 28, 2007, the UCLA Black Alumni Association presented Maillian with the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award at its 39th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala. This award is presented to an individual that has provided outstanding leadership and longstanding professional success and service to the Black community.

Maillian traveled with President Clinton on Air Force One to Whiteville, North Carolina to participate in the President’s New Markets Initiative campaign. Maillian served as a U. S. Delegate and traveled on Air Force Two on a Presidential Mission to the Fifth African/African-American Summit in Accra, Ghana. Also, Mr. Maillian served as a Delegate to the U.S. Department of Commerce Financial Services and Investment Mission to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Maillian earned his Masters of Business Administration at the University of California at Los Angles in 1974 with a concentration in Accounting and Finance and he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and Computer Science at University of California at Los Angles in 1971. He holds several securities licenses and is a member of various professional and civic organizations. Mr. Maillian remains active in the UCLA Black Alumni Association, UCLA Alumni Association in New York City and is a part of the Wall Street Bruins. Mr. Maillian lives in New York City.


Arnold L. Mitchem

Arnold Mitchem

Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, has been a voice for low-income and disabled Americans his entire career.

Thanks to his work, the federally funded TRIO Programs (the largest discretionary program in the U.S. Department of Education) have expanded by nearly 400% and now serve more than 872,000 students at 1,200 colleges and universities.

Mitchem graduated from of the University of Southern Colorado in 1965. Before receiving his Ph.D. in Foundations of Education at Marquette University in 1981, he studied European History as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.

Mitchem began his career on the History faculty at Marquette University in Milwaukee. In 1969 he was named Director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette, serving in that role until 1986, when he relocated to Washington, D.C. to represent low-income and disabled students nationally. Mitchem is the first and only President of the Council for Opportunity in Education.

Mitchem is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Access Network as well as a former Trustee of the College Board, and Past-President of the Committee for Education Funding, a Washington-based coalition of national education associations. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and sits on the Board of the National College Access Network (NCAN).

Mitchem has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from eight universities, including: St. Louis University; CUNY-Lehman College in New York; DePaul University; and the University of Liverpool, England.

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