Stone of Hope Scholarship: Emeritus Professor Bernie Davitto is matching gifts dollar for dollar up to $10,000!

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Stone of Hope Scholarship Will Transform Lives

Established by CC Carter ('80), director and cofounder of the Cross Cultural Leadership Center, the Stone of Hope Scholarship will celebrate an emerging student leader who embodies the greatest spirit of resilience. CC's mentor and Professor Emeritus Bernie Davitto is matching your gifts, dollar for dollar, in honor of CC's dedication to student success and in memory of his wife, Amy T. Dean, who also taught and mentored CC as a professor of social work at Chico State. 

Support Transformational Student Leaders

With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream speech, Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963

The Stone of Hope Scholarship recognizes an emerging student leader:

  • who embodies the greatest spirit of resilience,
  • exemplifies being a transformational leader,
  • is committed to building community across cultures,
  • demonstrates inclusive excellence,
  • inspires others and leads with their heart,
  • and who is pursuing their educational dreams at California State University, Chico.

A Legacy Beyond our Lifetimes

Around 2010, as a lifelong friend and mentor and former Chico State Professor of Social Work, Amy T. Dean, Ph.D., was in the last stage of battling an illness, which would take her life the following year, CC Carter reflected on the meaning of life. He began thinking about his impact and legacy beyond his lifetime.

Quietly, without his family, friends, or students knowing, CC set up a scholarship account and monthly, he has made a charitable contribution ever since.  As of today, he has contributed nearly $10,000 towards the scholarship, and over $22,000 to Chico State.

CC, was orphaned at 13 years old, and once in the foster care system, CC was separated from his two younger sisters for 5 years. Because of his incredible athletic ability and the Educational Opportunity Program (E.O.P.), CC was able to attend college. CC decided on Chico State and without ever setting foot on campus before, he arrived to Chico State in the Fall 1975. His sisters would follow his example, and finally reunite.

Sports saved CC’s life and education transformed his life.

A Transformational Leader

While so much still remains to fulfill the dream Dr. King envisioned, CC has proved to be a dynamic and committed ally for young people of color. CC is the currently the Director of the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC)), which he founded in 2007 at California State University, Chico to provide supports, services and a safe space for students of color on the Chico State campus.

CC is a graduate of Chico State and has been working on campus since 1980, where he has held a variety of positions in Student Life & Leadership, Jackie Faris-Rees Leadership Programs, Student Activities Office, Office of Judicial Affairs, and Department of Athletics. Over the years he has received numerous awards for his outstanding service at Chico State, including: Outstanding Black Faculty Staff Member; Staff Employee of the year, Outstanding Service award for Multicultural Council and Advisor of the Year.

CC’s passions are his family, helping students to succeed, and playing sports. His ultimate goal in life was to build a Center that creates opportunities for students to make a true impact in the lives of other students. He is doing this through CCLC. He is married to Bertha, also a Chico Alumna, and the proud father of three boys, Marcus, Anthony, and Jeremy.

Our $10,000 Matching Donor—An Unexpected Teacher, for an Unexpected Student

When you ask Bernie, “In your own words, describe your legacy”, with tears welling up in his eyes, his answer is simple, and profoundly summed up as, “CC, is my legacy.”

“What are you most proud of CC for?” with tears no longer held back, “I am most proud of him for his heart. And his willingness to show it, always. He taught me that.”

Bernie Davitto, Ph.D., and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Work at California State University, the surviving husband of Amy T. Dean, Ph.D., and the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Alliance for Education Solutions (AES). A visionary leader who has spent his career advocating for the needs of marginalized youth.

Bernie has spent 52 years in the human service profession as a clinical social worker, CYA parole and community agent, group home administrator, college professor and administrator, research project director and education reform consultant. He also serves as Trustee for the Davitto Charitable Remainder Trust, and the Dean Davitto Survivors Trust.

Bernie has seen education and rehabilitation philosophies and movements come and go over fifty, often frustrating, years’ of service. However, he continues to be encouraged by the resiliency of the human spirit, the problem solving power of cross-cultural understanding, the ability of systems (with proper prodding) to change, and the powerful healing and motivational properties of caring relationships and positive learning environments.

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