Experiencing Cal State LA as a student inspired Alex Harwood, Cal State LA’s director for information technology client support services, to contribute to the University. His time as a graduate student in the College of Natural and Social Sciences’ Master of Public Administration program was eye-opening for him, and motivated him to support the University as an expression of his gratitude.
“If you are in the position and you have the ability to help other people or to give back, education is one of the best places to do that—especially at an institution that has been proven to be such a huge contributor to upward mobility,” Harwood said. “I love Los Angeles, and I think a university like Cal State LA contributes tremendously to the city.”
Vice President for University Advancement Janet S. Dial said the campaign is succeeding because supporters recognize the invaluable role Cal State LA plays in the lives of students and communities.
“The wonderful support we’ve received from alumni, faculty, emeriti faculty, staff, students and friends says it all,” Dial said. “Their gifts express gratitude and appreciation for all that our University does. These gifts will allow us to continue to change lives.”
It’s not a coincidence that the number one university for upward mobility is located in the heart of Los Angeles—a place that symbolizes change more than any other, Covino said.
“With the campaign that we launch tonight, we recognize Cal State LA’s starring role on the stage that is Los Angeles,” Covino said during his address, which was the centerpiece of the campaign launch in April 2018. “We are the protagonists, driving the action, forward momentum and progress.”
The campaign is more than a fundraising event. It has become a catalyst for an exploration of the University’s relationship with Los Angeles. It is an affirmation of the University’s commitment to transforming the lives of students and communities.
“Cal State LA students represent the future of this great metropolis. When Cal State LA students climb the ladder of success, Los Angeles climbs,” Covino said. “When Cal State LA students graduate, prepared to serve and to lead, Los Angeles reaps the benefits. When the University collaborates with community partners, Los Angeles is energized. Cal State LA transforms people and places.”
“To give to Cal State LA is to give to the best of Los Angeles,” he said.