Alumni club creates endowment to fund cross-cultural intern program in Los Angeles

Author: Shannon Chapla


The University of Notre Dame has received a $500,000 gift from the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles to establish an endowment to fund the Cross-Cultural Leadership Intern Program-Los Angeles (CCLIP-LA).

CCLIP-LA is an eight-week undergraduate service learning initiative modeled after the Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies(ILS) Hispanic Leadership Internship Program (HLIP) in Chicago.The ILS will oversee implementation of the new program and work in conjunction with the Universitys Center for Social Concerns.

CCLIP-LA is designed to expose Notre Dame students to communities in need and will help them develop leadership skills as they provide assistance.Along with tuition, the program will provide three academic credits and funds for transportation, housing and food.

Since 2000, the HLIP has provided Notre Dames Latino students with opportunities to serve Hispanic communities in the metropolitan Chicago area.The Los Angeles program will have a broader impact, focusing on all minorities.Also, student interns will develop individual leadership skills with corporations, businesses and community-based organizations.

The Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles is one of the Universitys largest alumni clubs worldwide, with more than 860 members.Under the leadership of president Kevin G. McBride, a 1976 graduate, the club has been very active in service to the University and the Los Angeles community.It provided $175,000 in scholarships to 72 Notre Dame students last year.

The ILS will design and plan the program this year and implement it in 2008.

Contact: Carmen Macharaschwili, Institute for Latino Studies, 574-631-3747,

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