UC San Diego, San Diego State, University of San Diego and a representative of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will present a check to the Monarch School for $51,000 on Thursday. The funds are the surplus revenue from the Dalai Lama’s visit to San Diego in April.
During his two-day visit to San Diego, the Dalai Lama spoke to more than 20,000 at the three campuses. He spoke about global warming, cultivating peace, and justice and upholding ethical standards to a sold-out crowd.
In an announcement University of San Diego officials said the gift aligns “with the Dalai Lama’s ongoing message of peace and compassion, especially toward children.”
Erin Spiewak, Chief Executive Officer of Monarch School said, “This generous contribution allows Monarch to continue to support our students growth and learning with the intention that they will follow in the example of significant leaders such as His Holiness.”
The Monarch School, which is a school for homeless students, will use the funding to support a new student leadership program currently in development. The focus of the program will be on teaching students about the importance of civic engagement, leadership, and community participation, the universities explained.
The Honorable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, Personal Peace Emissary for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, will speak on behalf of the Dalai Lama on Thursday.
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