In its 10th year since being established, Black Philanthropy Month launches Aug. 1, and the theme for 2021 is “TENacity: Making Equity Real.” Thank you to our donors and alumni who have supported Cal Poly Pomona students, whether through giving your time at events and being mentors or contributing to scholarships to alleviate financial burdens on students. Your success livens our students’ journeys by enabling them to see what it is possible.
Connect with our communities by joining the Black Alumni and Friends chapter, finding events through the African American Student Center, or supporting funds that go to student success, including the African American Student Center Excellence fund or African American Student Center Scholarships (add the full name of the fund after selecting “other” from “designation”). Contact La’Keisha Beard, interim associate director of student life, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn more about why donors give and the students they support below:
Clark Rucker (’83, engineering technology)
“Not only do I want to give each and every CPP student the opportunity to show what they are made of, but to also say, ‘Thank you,’ to the university that helped me start my career. I’m creating a legacy that I would hope my mentees will one day follow. However, I don’t want them to follow in my footsteps. I want them to create their own.”
Precious Chibueze, visual communications senior
“Throughout my academic career, I have had limited financial resources to pay for schooling, which drove my decision to enroll at a community college before attending a four-year university. The Black Faculty and Staff E-Board Community Service Scholarship will help me overcome one of the biggest barriers that stands in the way of my graduation from Cal Poly Pomona.
I would like to also share the privilege that I have had in finding a sense of family and community within the campus African American Student Center. As I move forward with my education and career, I will be certain to continue the BFSA tradition and help others along the way.”
Shawna Chambers (’95, mechanical engineering)
“Giving back to Cal Poly Pomona and its students is one way I felt I could help change or improve the life of the students, particularly black and underrepresented students. Prior to attending Cal Poly Pomona, I didn’t have a lot of interaction with college graduates, and I think seeing and connecting with someone who’s been where you are is important to finishing a path that may be less traveled in your immediate circle of influence.”
DJ Norman (’93, management and human resources)
“I give to and volunteer at Cal Poly Pomona to lift others in order to accelerate changing the cycle. I volunteer to inspire others, teach the power of networking that changes the dinner conversation and because you should give more than you receive.”
Leilani Scott Young, civil engineering student, senior
Thank you for supporting my journey by awarding me the 2021-22 African American Student Center Scholarship. Through such support, my interest in my field of study grows stronger and prospers because I won’t be anxious about impending debts. With your help, I am able to continue encouraging black women to pursue a career in STEM by telling them my story. Due to a recent car accident, I will use the funds saved from this scholarship to pay off car loans and insurance bills and other transportation fees to make getting to campus easier.”
La’Keisha Beard, interim associate director, Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers
“I donate to CPP through the Black Faculty Staff Association (BFSA) because it is important to me to contribute to support the success of Black students. I know that BFSA uses my donation to help provide access and opportunities to Black Students at CPP.”
Walt Allen (’75, urban and regional planning)
“I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona 46 years ago, and I can honestly say that this great institution of higher learning had a fantastic impact on my life!”