June 2024: Brief News & Notes

AEF’s Regional Children’s Mental Health Consortium

The Foundation launched it’s highly collaborative “mental health consortium” in 2020, helping to place CSPP graduate students in clinical psychology at a variety of youth-serving non-profit organizations. At each site, CSPP students bolster the capacity of existing organizations to better address the mental health needs of under-resourced children, youth, and their families.

Support over the past year to help sustain this initiative has been generously provided by San Diego Foundation’s Healthy Children & Families Initiative (read more here!), the David C. Copley FoundationNordson Corporation Foundation, and others. We truly value and appreciate their support.

And we’re expanding to the San Francisco Bay Area this fall! Input from 17 funders, direct-service providers, and CSPP faculty members helped shape the direction and focus of the Bay Area consortium—which will also focus on supporting the mental health of under-resourced children and youth.

We invite you to learn more about this important program. For a quick primer on the consortium, please check out our new animated overview here and our recent infographic here.

A New Round of Innovation/Seed Grants

After three successful years of investing in new and promising programs, research, and training across the Alliant system, the Foundation launched a re-tooled fourth year of innovation/seed grants available to all faculty and staff at Alliant. The redesigned funding program encouraged several areas of emphasis for 2024 – 2025 including diversity and inclusion, mental health, trauma-informed care, social justice, and more.

For the fourth year of this program, we approved a total of 10 grants across Alliant campuses totaling $72,000 in support…our largest year ever!

Growth & Change for Our Board of Directors

Effective July 1st (AEF’s new fiscal year), several volunteer leadership positions will be changing at the Foundation. These include the election of new and returning Board members including:

Term-limited rotations off the Board including:

And a new Executive Committee of the Board including:

          Ron Longinotti—Chair of the Board
          Connell Persico—Vice Chair
          Jennifer Wilson—Secretary
          Kim Arnett—Treasurer
          Natalie Porter—Immediate Past Chair

We so appreciate the volunteer support and leadership that all of our Board members provide in shaping the governance and policy direction of the Foundation. We couldn’t do it without them!

Announcing AEF’s New Director of Development & Alumni Relations

Starting in April, AEF began working even more closely with Alliant International University in the area of alumni relations. AEF’s new Director of Development & Alumni Relations is Reggie Garcia, continuing some of the great work previously led by Sarah Garro in supporting Alliant’s thousands of talented alums across the network. Additionally, Reggie will assist in supporting individual donors who support our programs. To get in touch with Reggie or just say “hi,” please drop him a note at Reggie@AlliantEd.org!

Growth of the Alliant Ed Foundation “Fellows” Program

This summer marks the launch of the second cohort of the Alliant Ed Foundation (AEF) Fellows, a new program supporting 19 incoming students across the State of California in their pursuit of PhD and PsyD degrees in clinical psychology. Many of these students share a commitment to social justice and community impact, high GPA’s, some level of financial need, and in some cases, are the first to attend college or graduate school in their families.

At scale, this program will support 80-100 such students with multi-year scholarships, peer connections, mentorship, and more. AEF’s Vice Chair of the Board, Connell Persico, remains a staunch supporter of this program and currently serves as our “Board Champion,” providing critical leadership and direction to the initiative.

Save the Date

Here are two critical dates and events we hope you’ll consider adding to your calendar:

  • August 8th from 6-8 pm (PDT)—Join us in Seattle for APA’s annual convention and this year’s CSPP Alumni & Friends Reception.
  • September 14th from 3-6 pm (PDT)—Join us in LA for a special “coffee table talk” with incoming APA President Debra Kawahara, PhD, CSPP’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Distinguished Professor, followed by a special CSPP-LA alumni reception and gathering.

Marketing materials for both events are still being developed, but drop us a line at Info@AlliantEd.org if you have any questions or would like additional information. We hope to see you at one or both events!

Our Newest Annual Report

We truly appreciate your support of the Alliant Educational Foundation. Our most recent fiscal year has been highly successful, and we’re delighted to share a few of this year’s highlights in the brief annual report we recently released.

Among many accomplishments, we’re most proud of completing a bold new strategic plan, re-tooling our Innovation/Seed Grants program to better reflect our mission and values, continuing to support hundreds of students through scholarships across the State of California, expanding our regional children’s Mental Health Consortium, and launching our “AEF Fellows” program.

Read the newest Annual Report by clicking here.