June 2019: Brief News & Notes

Just Announced: Innovation/Seed Grants

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As part of a new pilot project funded by the Alliant Educational Foundation to foster innovative programs, research, publications, and/or enhancements within the Alliant system, the foundation recently announced $55K in funding for seven worthy projects across Alliant’s six California campuses for 2019 – 2020.

These grants offer one-time funding for new initiatives proposed and led by current faculty and/or staff. The funding is for one-time “seed” grants intended to help launch new ventures and was available across the Alliant system to all campus locations and any department within the system. A full press release summarizing some of the key projects will be forthcoming.

Mental Health Consortium Update

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The foundation has been working to build new bridges between CSPP-San Diego practicum students in clinical psychology and local non-profits addressing some of the region’s most pressing mental health needs for infants, children, and young adults. With the goal of supporting a new mental health consortium in the area, the foundation has identified at least 8 organizations across San Diego County that would like to participate.

While helping to build these new relationships, the foundation will also be seeking to hire a handful of licensed psychologists for a minimum of 7 hours per week (up to a maximum of 21 hours per week) to serve as clinical supervisors to practicum students. If you are interested in learning more, please send us a note to Info@AlliantEd.org.

CSPP Celebrates 50 Years!


The 2019 – 2020 academic year marks the 50-year anniversary of the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). To mark this special occasion, a series of alumni and friends gatherings will take place: This Fall in Chicago during APA Convention (Thursday evening, August 8th), plus a Los Angeles/Irvine event and a Fresno event (both dates coming soon!). Slated for Spring Semester of 2020 are a San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento event in the East Bay and a San Diego event. Alumni and friends are welcome to attend any of these events.The Foundation is proud to help sponsor these events and looks forward to both celebrating and honoring the many faculty, staff, alumni and friends of CSPP and the special contributions they have made to the field of psychology. Learn more by visiting https://discover.alliant.edu/cspp50th.

Quick Notes


In response to the growing teacher shortage in Arizona and similarly underserved urban and rural areas, the foundation just released funding to Alliant International University’s California School of Education to help launch and evaluate an expansion of its teacher credentialing program—its first expansion outside of the State of California.

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In order to hear from local communities and share more about our work, foundation staff recently completed valuable site visits to the Alliant campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Sacramento, and Fresno this spring.

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The all-volunteer board of directors of the foundation recently met in San Francisco for its semi-annual two-day planning retreat, affording the group time to delve more deeply into both programmatic and operational issues.

In Case You Missed It: Check Out Our First Annual Report

The Alliant Educational Foundation is proud to share our first-ever annual report as a simple vehicle for sharing what we’ve been working on over the past year…and a glimpse of what lies ahead. Please take a look and let us know what you think!