March 27, 2020

Mesa College Launches the Mesa COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Students

By Office of Communications

Mesa College COVID-19 Emergency Fund

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.

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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, Veterinary 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.

Tags: Student support, COVID-19