CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE'S foundational values are those embodied by the Sisters of St. Joseph and one of the most important expressions of those values is our mission of unity. For us, this means that the relationships we build with our students do not end at graduation. We view each student as a lifelong commitment. It is, in fact, the mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement to foster and nurture these ongoing relationships. We know that they are essential to the future of the College and to our continued ability to provide a values-based education to future generations of Griffins—and we want to ensure they are equally valuable to each and every one of our graduates.
This means that your participation in a meaningful, longterm relationship with the College is vitally important to us. We want to know how we can help you to feel connected, how we can ensure that the uniquely familial experience of being a student at Chestnut Hill College flows into your alumni experience, how we can design new ways of engaging all of you, across class years, schools, interests and regions. We need your voice to help shape the programs we (and the Alumni Relations Office) offer and to grow philanthropic support for the future priorities of the College.
When you receive emails, mail or publications from the College, we encourage you to read, learn and respond. If you receive a call from a member of the Advancement team, we welcome you to join us in conversation. When you receive an invitation to an event, please consider attending. These small, yet impactful actions, make a big difference. You make a difference!
You are helping the College to continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of society. Today, we are a microcosm of the global society and it is essential that we capture this unique union of perspectives, and that we continue creating opportunity for students from all backgrounds. In this spirit, last academic year, the College provided more than $17 million in financial assistance to students, as well as a variety of wrap-around services to all students, including counseling, tutoring, financial literacy programs, a food pantry, career closet, mentoring, and more.
None of this is possible without the participation and support of our alumni and benefactors. And the difference it makes within the broader world is frankly astounding. We have a history of graduating students who become catalysts for positive change in society and we are renewing our commitment to telling you their stories. They are the stories of our community and they include remarkable acts of courage and humanity.
In the coming months, one of the ways in which we plan to strengthen our relationships with all of you is by rolling out what we're calling the Alumni Ambassador Program. We'll be asking you to join us as thought partners in a variety of areas, be it recruitment, programming, mentoring, athletics or continuing education. Your stories and perspectives are what make our community the vibrant, tightly knit place that it is and, together, we know we can all continue growing in service, spirituality and community. We know that, together, we can bring every Griffin, past and present, back home.
Your commitment to the College and to the success of future Griffins humbles us. Each year, you give generously of your time, talent and treasure to ensure the College is able to fulfill its mission. It's a true blessing! We thank you and look forward to building stronger relationships with you in 2021 and beyond!
Erin Wooley, M.B.A.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement