September 2019: Brief News & Notes

As fall begins and classes ramp up across Alliant International University campuses, the Alliant Educational Foundation is proud to share this brief overview of some of our most important programs.

Mental Health Consortium
Working closely with Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), the foundation is building new bridges in support of children’s mental health. To date, we’ve identified about a dozen San Diego-based non-profit organizations who work with under-served infants, children, and young adults. By placing CSPP clinical psychology graduate students at these agencies, we aim to bolster their ability to provide high-quality mental health support to some of the populations who most desperately need it. The foundation is also paying for clinical supervision by licensed psychologists to enable this new program to flourish.

Innovation / Seed Grants
Seven new initiatives are gearing up to better serve the Alliant and research communities with $55K in innovation/seed grant funding provided by the Alliant Educational Foundation. This new program aims to launch promising projects which you can read about in our recent press release.

Scholarships for Students
In addition to the foundation’s annual block granting of scholarship funds through Alliant, we’ve just completed this year’s round of donor-directed scholarships to about 50 well-deserving students across all six Alliant campuses. Congratulations to all of the recipients and special thanks to all of the volunteers who served on our review committees this spring!

Arizona Teacher Credentialing Program
In order to help address the nationwide teacher shortage, the foundation has funded the launch of Alliant’s California School of Education’s first expansion into the State of Arizona. This program allows working students to serve as the teacher of record in public school classrooms while earning their teaching credential. The foundation is also supporting a pilot evaluation of this new program to better understand its impact.

CSPP-LA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Set for November 2nd, 2019
The foundation has partnered with Alliant and several key alumni to sponsor the first of several statewide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the California School of Professional Psychology. The LA celebration will take place from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at The Griffin Club in Beverly Hills, CA on Saturday, November 2nd. The event will include an alumni panel entitled “Effects of Trauma in the Current Political Climate: Clinical Implications,” a reception, and the launch of the new Stephanie Byers-Bell Scholarship Fund. More details and the website to RSVP can be found here.

The CSPP-Fresno celebration has also been set and will take place on Friday, November 8th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Additional details and the website to RSVP can be found here.

Remembering Dr. Kazumi Nishio
We were honored to share in the recent celebration of life of Dr. Kazumi Nishio, clinical psychologist, author, and pioneer of the CSPP-Japan program. She will be missed by so many, but her legacy of impact endures. You can view a few of the photos from the September 7 event here.

Reminder to Faculty about Grants & Contracts
Just a friendly reminder to Alliant faculty that the foundation serves as fiscal agent for a variety of faculty-led grants and contracts. Whether for research, training, or other related purposes, the foundation (as a non-profit partner) can play a fiduciary role to help submit, restrict, and account for third-party grant/contract support for your projects. Get in touch if you have a project you’d like to discuss.

Consider Donating Today!
In gearing up for the 50th anniversary celebrations for CSPP, the foundation has created a new pledge form for individuals who would like to make a donation in honor of this special milestone. Debuted at the Chicago APA conference in August, individuals can now peruse a variety of giving options in support of CSPP and other Alliant Educational Foundation programs. Learn more here and consider making a gift today!