UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla today announced that Walden CEO Teresa Stivers has joined the university’s Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board. As a board member, Stivers (UC San Diego Alumna ’90) will build awareness of the university’s positive impact and advise the Chancellor on the campus’ role in the community.
“Teresa is recognized throughout the San Diego community for creating opportunities for foster youth and other first-generation students to earn college degrees,” said Khosla. “Her insight into creating academic, networking and housing opportunities for these students will ensure that we provide opportunities for all our students to succeed.”
“Too often, foster youth don’t consider college because they don’t have the skills to navigate college visits, applications, financial aid and housing,” said Stivers. “At Walden, social workers encourage them to seize the opportunity to remain in foster care to pursue their education. I look forward to working with Chancellor Khosla and the board to ensure that graduating becomes the norm, not the exception, for foster youth who choose to go to college.”
Stivers’ Leadership Experience
At Walden, Stivers oversees administration, operations, public relations and fundraising. Since joining the organization in 2010, Walden has become one of the state’s largest providers of transitional housing and support services so that youth ages 18-21 can remain in foster care to continue their education or find stable employment. Walden also served as the program director and executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (now Promises2Kids), where she helped to establish the Guardian Scholars Program and Mary’s House, a transitional living program for former foster youth. In addition to her role on the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board, Stivers currently serves on committees for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and Housing YOU Matters.