Community is empowering. During The Oxy Campaign For Good, we celebrated 261,171 Tiger Connections—almost doubling our goal of 136,000. Connections took many forms, including on-campus gatherings for class reunions, online virtual events and meet-ups, off-campus events with local Tigers in their own community, welcoming new students and their families into the Oxy community, or serving as a volunteer in an alumni organization or affinity group.
When I look back, that personalized attention and care for the students really exemplified my experience. It was the cherry on top that allowed me to achieve all sorts of things. I was amazed by the staff and faculty, and how they welcomed me.
Giving is life-affirming and uplifting for the one who gives. My desire and ability to give have been a source of ongoing joy for me. My giving to Occidental College is especially joyful and meaningful to me because Occidental is where so much of the foundation of my life developed.
Reflecting on the past several years, I must say that from the beginning, Oxy exceeded our expectations in every aspect. Whether it was the academic rigor, availability of resources to students, or community engagement, we were always impressed by Oxy’s level of excellence.