May 10, 2023
Mesa College honors former president with the naming of The Stand: The Pamela T. Luster
Shining Light on Generosity Mesa College acknowledges Resiliency Fund donors
San Diego, CA. — On Thursday, May 4, 2023, at the Shining Light on Generosity event, San Diego Mesa College debuted the naming of The Stand: The Pamela T. Luster
Resource Center, in honor of former President Dr. Pamela T. Luster. Additionally,
the event served as an intimate gathering that honored and recognized multiple donors
who helped the Mesa College Resiliency Fund become a reality.
In 2019, San Diego Mesa College and the Mesa College Foundation established the Resiliency
Fund, and in 2021 launched an ambitious campaign to endow it. During a fundraising
event in June of 2022 in honor of Dr. Luster’s retirement, the combined sponsorships
and donations resulted in reaching the $300,000 goal for the endowment.
“Thanks to Dr. Luster and our generous donors, Mesa College was able to meet our goal
of providing a stable source of funds for students who face financial setbacks,” stated
Mesa College President Dr. Ashanti T. Hands. “With the endowment of the Resiliency
Fund, we now have the ability to focus on the students of today and tomorrow - well
into the future.”
The Resiliency Fund provides students with emergency grants of between $50-$500 to assist them with textbooks,
life expenses, transportation needs, food and other necessities. In 2019, the Hope
Lab Community Colleges Real College Survey found that almost 50% of Mesa students
are food insecure and have limited access to nutritionally adequate food, and nearly
1 in 5 students are homeless, living on the streets, in their car, or in a shelter.
The Resiliency Fund helps provide financial assistance so that students can stay in
school and focused on their educational dreams.
Mesa College proudly dedicated the Resource Center in honor of President Emeriti Dr.
Pamela Luster. As a champion for basic needs, Dr. Luster’s vision of equity led to
the creation of the Student Success and Equity Department, along with centers dedicated
to serving basic needs, dreamers, foster youth, and veterans.
Visit the Mesa College Foundation Resiliency Fund webpage to learn more and donate.
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