The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, made a recent gift of $12,000 to CSUN to help students with disabilities and student veterans as they transition to a college environment.
The gift will help support CSUN’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC) and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) through the programs’ emergency fund for assistance with counseling and adaptive technologies, such as screen readers and closed captioning, to help students develop media literacy and academic writing skills.
“The technologies funded by SoCalGas’ generous donation will provide our students with new strategies for learning,” said DRES Director Jodi Johnson. “If our students feel confident in comprehension now while they’re at CSUN, then they will leverage that in their future careers and it will help them succeed outside of the classroom.”
SoCalGas is a regular supporter of CSUN, having donated $22,000 to the VRC and DRES since 2018. The company also has been a sponsor of the Matadors Day of Service, an annual event to help clean up the community surrounding the university. The company actively participates in community giving through initiatives on emergency preparedness and safety, protecting and preserving the environment, promoting STEM and energy education, and supporting active military and veterans.
The partnership between DRES and SoCalGas was forged by CSUN alumnus Louis Herrera ’11 (M.S., Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services), who works as a customer programs specialist at SoCalGas. Herrera, who is blind, continues to be a role model for SoCalGas employees, according to the company.
“We are proud to support the CSUN community and its students through our partnership with VRC and DRES. The work these organizations do on campus is so important for veterans, students with disabilities and the community,” said David Meza, public affairs manager at SoCalGas.