California State University, Los Angeles will celebrate the naming of the Charon D’Aiello Sandoval and David Sandoval Student Services Center on May 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. This is one of several events to mark the May 9 investiture of William A. Covino as Cal State L.A.’s seventh president.
The naming ceremony will recognize Cal State L.A. alumni Charon D’Aiello Sandoval and David Sandoval, both Altadena residents, for their commitment of $350,000 to establish a permanent endowment for the benefit of the University’s Division of Student Affairs.
Together, the Sandovals have worked for decades to bring more diversity to all aspects of Cal State L.A.—to the faculty and staff through Charon’s work in the Office of Affirmative Action and to the student body through David’s role as director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). They have both established scholarships that benefit Cal State L.A. students.
Charon, who grew up in El Sereno, started at Cal State L.A. in 1960 as a business major. She quit school to work a series of clerical/typist jobs on campus, but resumed her studies part-time. Charon reveled in working on campus, and took full advantage of the many speakers and forums, as well as the advice of many kind faculty members who mentored her.
David was admitted to the university through EOP, which provides access for economically and socially disadvantaged minority students who display potential for academic success. He became a peer counselor in the program, and worked his way up to director by 1985—a position he held for 23 years.
—Cal State University