Napolitano's talk, sponsored by the San Luis Obsipo Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public and scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 5401 on the main campus in SLO.
The event will cost $15 for members of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and $25 for non-members. Seating is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Ermina Karim will moderate the wide-ranging community conversation.
Topics will include: today's charged political climate and the UC's new center on free speech and civic engagement; increasing opportunities for public education in a diverse and changing state; and Napolitano's work defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and promoting cross-border ties with Mexico.
Napolitano was the primary architect of DACA during her four years as Secretary of Homeland Security.
Napolitano’s day-long visit also will include a tour, lunch with faculty, discussion with college administrators and regional educational dialogue with local K-12 leaders and representatives from Cuesta College, Allan Hancock College and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Napolitano also will discuss a new agreement between UC and the California Community Colleges to extend a system-wide guarantee of admission to all qualifying CCC students.
As UC president since 2013, Napolitano leads 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. She is the first woman in the position.