âWe applaud Parkside and Chancellor Ford and her leadership for taking action and investing in resources and strategies to make environmental changes at Parkside to support students,â he said. âWe asked you what your dream was. You told us that.
New learning commons
The announcement of the new scholarship program coincided with the inauguration of the $ 35.4 million state-funded Callahan Family Student Success & Learning Commons located at Wyllie Hall on the west side of the Parkside campus. The student volunteers showed the spaces that promote academic success, but other aspects of campus life intended to contribute to their overall success.
The commons include an academic resource center, a “career closet” and a host of supports for students needing accessibility on campus, international and study abroad students, financial aid / registrar and veterans’ services. Additionally, offices with learning and gathering spaces that were once located in different areas of the campus, including the Multicultural Student Affairs Office and the LGBTQ Resource Center, are now all located under one roof.
Velasco said that as a member of a student-centered scholarship program, she feels supported and is no longer alone in pursuing her dreams.
âCallahan Scholars has allowed us to reach out and get involved in the community,â Velasco said. âIt also paved the way for success for us. With success focused on us, I no longer feel like I have to figure it out for myself. I don’t feel like I’m failing again.