Emphasizing that community service is “in the DNA” of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a dozen members of its Board of Trustees last week participated in an outreach project to benefit unhoused people in Los Angeles.
About 600 kits, including blankets and personal care items, were collected, boxed and hand-delivered to residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, according to Dr. Nadia Rojas Jones, the faculty member who has organized the annual effort with students from the school’s three Southern California campuses for the past seven years.
“We are here to show our support of faculty and students in their efforts to help underserved populations, whether it’s those without permanent shelter or in communities of color or people with low income,” said Terrence Joe Layng, Ph.D., Chair of the Board of Trustees.
“The commitment to community service is what differentiates The Chicago School-- our students and faculty are deeply involved in the communities they serve,” said Trustee Victoria Dolan, former CFO of Revlon.
Every year, The Chicago School’s students provide 1.2 million volunteer service hours in 600 organizations across the United States, according to Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D. “There are nearly 70,000 unhoused individuals in Los Angeles County today, a four percent increase from two years ago,” she said. “We know that many of them have mental health issues that are going undiagnosed and untreated.”
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a non-profit higher education institution headquartered in Los Angeles, serves 6,000 students on seven U.S. campuses (including online). Two-thirds of the student body identifies as people of color.
About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology:
Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and globally. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now features campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, education, counseling, business, and more. Through its engaged professional model of education, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of domestic and international professional partnerships, The Chicago School’s students receive real-world training opportunities that reflect their future careers. The Chicago School is proud to be a part of TCS Education System, a nonprofit, integrated system of colleges and universities that works collaboratively to advance student success and community impact. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu.