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College Becomes an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution
By Scott Craig   |   October 17, 2023

Westmont has become an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 23 percent of students identifying as Latino or Hispanic. The designation is a result of local partnerships, improved outreach efforts, and the addition of several key college employees.  “Westmont is nearing the 25 percent undergraduate enrollment threshold it needs to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving […]

Return of the Warriors
By Scott Craig   |   October 17, 2023

Westmont’s alumni will be coming back to campus for Homecoming 2023 October 13-15 and to honor four stellar individuals at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration Brunch. This year’s honorees are Jay (Ofori) Diallo (’08, Alumnus of the Year); Jenise Steverding (’97, Alumna of the Year); Carl LaBarbera (’76, Global Service); and Gabriella (Pinheiro Chavez) Avila […]

Guiding Low-Income Students to College
By Scott Craig   |   November 29, 2022

Westmont hosted a community event with education and financial representatives exploring the best ways low-income students can fund a college education on November 15. About 100 underprivileged high school students and their families attended “Affording Your Dream College,” which was held in partnership with several county education initiatives.  “Education is the most powerful and transformative […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of College According to Santa Barbara Alumni
By Stella Haffner   |   October 4, 2022

Happy new school year! From interviewing people for this column, I have learned a lot about what it means to be a young person, and I have learned a lot of what it means to be a student. In honor of the new academic year, this edition of Dear Montecito is for the new college […]

College Daze
By Gwyn Lurie   |   September 13, 2022

From the day our children are born, we begin the process of teaching them everything they need to know so that one day they can leave home. And then, they do. Little ingrates! Like so many parents, I took my firstborn daughter to college last week. I flew across the country and dropped her off […]

An Elegant Entrance Welcomes You to Westmont 
By Scott Craig   |   April 12, 2022

The next time you drive to campus, you’ll discover beautiful new kiosks featuring sandstone, greenery, and vine-covered trellises. Westmont has widened each entrance and designed the kiosks to better protect the campus. “We’ve always had an open campus, and anyone who wanted to visit could make their way up the hill,” says Doug Jones, vice […]

Lean on Me
By Stella Haffner   |   April 5, 2022

A 2007 study from the Community College Journal of Research and Practice noted that 87% of students surveyed were experiencing moderate to high levels of stress. To cope, students reported enjoying exercise and talking to friends, but cited that they would often use alcohol, cigarettes, and hard drugs to self-medicate. Given our understanding of the […]

California State University Channel Islands
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 3, 2022

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) has served as a landing spot for underrepresented minorities and/or the economically disadvantaged since its founding 20 years ago on the former site of Camarillo State Mental Hospital, which closed five years earlier. The statewide CSU website boasts at the top of its diversity page the fact that nearly […]

You’re Almost to the Finish Line…
By Mentors 4 College   |   December 14, 2021

It’s December and all around you everybody is caroling and decking the halls and eggnogging and generally getting into the holiday spirit. But not you. You have a high school senior and that can mean only one thing: Your house is filled with the loud, desperate angst of a teenager going through the final agonizing […]