Speeches and Communications

Equal pay discussion won’t end soon
April 13, 2012, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Rosie the Riveter

Do we still need Equal Pay Day to remind us that women are not paid on a par with their male counterparts? Apparently, we do! Despite 50 years of advocacy and legislative efforts, equal pay for equal work remains elusive for millions of women.

President Bettison-Varga’s UCSB Commencement Address
June 10, 2011

President Bettison-Varga with UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang

As Thomas Paine said, “We have it within our power to begin the world over again.” And history tells us this is true. Like generations before you, it is now your turn to be a part of the new makeover. Perhaps you are anxious, maybe even a bit afraid of what lies ahead; that’s perfectly normal!

Gabrielle Giffords’ Message
January 11, 2011, Inside Higher Education

Lori Bettison-Varga

Gabrielle is a role model, not just for our students, but for all women and for all Americans. She did not shy away from her calling to be a leader. With grace and determination, she has become an outstanding and courageous public servant. Gabrielle Giffords’s career shows that she is fiercely independent — framing her positions on issues thoughtfully and humanely, and, in the words of our founder, Ellen Browning Scripps, “with confidence, courage and hope.”