San Diego, CA. - Today, San Diego Mesa College announced the official launch of the
Mesa College COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Students. The goal of this fund is to provide emergency assistance to students whose lives and
educational goals have been disrupted by the catastrophic impact of the Coronavirus
crisis. Funds will be used to assist students in need and decrease their risk of dropping
out of classes or college.
Many of Mesa College students are among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
Even before the outbreak, almost 50% were food insecure and nearly 1 in 5 were housing
insecure/homeless. Many students worked in sectors such as food service that have
been forced to close or decrease their workforce. The move to online learning has
meant that students without computers, internet, or other resources must overcome
new barriers. Many are post-traditional students who have taken on the role of teacher
to young children due to school closures.
“Raising these funds will increase our ability to provide our most vulnerable students
with the support they need,” stated Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster.
To protect the health and safety of Mesa students and the campus community, Mesa College
moved all classes online. Within days, the Mesa College community—including Associated
Students, the San Diego Mesa College Foundation, and generous donors — have contributed
$30,000 to establish the COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund. 100% of donations
will go directly to students whose lives and educational goals have been disrupted
by the catastrophic impact of the crisis.
Mesa College has a history of working diligently to address the most basic needs of
students. From opening up The Stand (the food and clothing pantry) in early 2017, to debuting the monthly free Farmers
Market in 2018, to providing emergency funds for car repairs and hotel vouchers, Mesa
has assisted thousands of students with obtaining access to essentials such as food,
clothing, transportation and housing.
To learn more and donate, please visit www.sdmesa.edu/foundation.
About San Diego Mesa College
Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa
College is a fully accredited, comprehensive college serving 24,000 students and offering
196 associate degree and certificate programs. In January 2015, Mesa College was among
15 California community colleges selected as a pilot site to offer a four-year baccalaureate
program – and in 2018, conferred the first set of bachelor’s degrees in the history
of the College. With its premier fine art and music programs, robust language and
humanities offerings, and rigorous math and science curricula, Mesa ranks as San Diego’s
top transfer institution. The college also serves as an important economic catalyst
for the region. Career workforce programs include the bachelor’s degree in Health
Information Management, and two-year programs in allied health fields, Geographic
Information Systems (GIS), multimedia, business, animal health technology, American
Sign Language, hospitality, culinary arts, fashion, architecture, interior design
and more. Situated in the center of San Diego, the college’s small classes, outstanding
faculty, and reputation for quality offer an unparalleled academic experience. As
a Hispanic Serving Institution, Mesa College is committed to becoming the leading
college of equity and excellence and to the success of all students, including underrepresented
students, and more than 2,400 veterans and their families. www.sdmesa.edu.
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