June 2021: Brief News & Notes

Our New Strategic Plan

In April, the foundation board and staff completed their work to build a proactive vision for the next three years.  The new three-year strategic plan outlines a renewed vision, mission, and core values for the foundation along with articulating new and expanded programs for the future…all for the benefit of Alliant students, faculty and staff, and the broader communities we serve.


Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Our Vision:
A world of healthy communities that value learning, equality, and dignity

Our Mission:
The Alliant Educational Foundation builds bridges between Alliant International University, other institutions, and under-resourced communities to create a more equitable and just society

Learn more about our new core values and where we’re heading by browsing our site.


A Year-End Boost to Scholarships

At the most recent meeting of our Board of Directors, the foundation approved additional funds totaling $250,000 to benefit Alliant students in the upcoming year.  These scholarship funds will bring our total support for the year to nearly $900,000 and will provide additional tuition assistance in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion along with merit-based scholarships and matching funds to many of the foundation’s endowment funds.

Additionally, we launched our annual round of scholarship funding this spring.  The funding is made possible, in large part, by the generosity of more than 50 donor-restricted scholarship funds aimed at helping Alliant students across all six California campuses.  A total of $200,000 in tuition assistance will be granted for the coming year, including our new Stephanie Byers-Bell Scholarship Fund for Los Angeles students and Callan-Smith-Meltzoff Scholarship Fund for San Diego students.


Mental Health Consortium

Working closely with Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), the foundation continues to build new bridges in support of children’s mental health.  To date, we’ve identified ten San Diego-based non-profit organizations who work with underserved infants, children, and young adults.

By placing CSPP clinical psychology graduate students at some of these agencies, we’re bolstering their ability to provide high-quality mental health support to some of the populations who most desperately need it.  The foundation is paying for clinical supervision by licensed psychologists to enable this new program to flourish.


Stay Tuned – AEF’s New “Salon” Sessions Are Coming Soon!

We’ve learned much during the adaptation to Zoom meetings required by COVID over the past year.  One of the positives is how online interaction can break down geographic barriers between one another.  As such, we plan to launch a new digital “salon” series this August to bring together alumni, donors, and other friends of the foundation to learn about timely issues of mutual interest.  The inaugural session is being developed and is tentatively titled “Post-COVID World: Creative Resilience” which will be part of a new quarterly series.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon…


In Case You Missed It: Our Newest Annual Report

Our most recent fiscal year was anything but normal—an all-but-true fact for our entire nation and the world for that matter. And yet a variety of impactful programs and accomplishments still took place: the launching of our strategic planning work, support for hundreds of students through scholarships, our second innovation/seed grant funding round, pivoting to help better support the delivery of services through telehealth in the midst of COVID, and many more.

We’re proud to share a snapshot of our work in our newest annual report and appreciate your interest in helping to make our communities the best they can possibly be.  Read more here…