Stanley A. Dashew Endowment Initiative


Mr. Dashew was a visionary and knew how valuable international students are for the success and livelihood of the UCLA campus. To maintain his legacy, we have launched a fundraising effort, to endow our programming unit. With diminishing state resources and a passionate desire to “grow” and strengthen our programming, this initiative is essential. Our students’ comments as well as our research confirm that our programming operation is transforming lives; giving students self-confidence in their social and professional lives, creating global networks of international and domestic students and exposing them to the rich diversity of life in Los Angeles. A programming operation of this extent is one very unique and special feature of UCLA, unequalled by few universities in the nation.


Dashew Center programs provide a variety of social events to promote cross-cultural learning, language development, cultural adjustment and friendship building. In 2013 alone over 10,000 students and scholars participated in more than 40 Dashew Center programs and events. Each program is carefully designed to help participants develop interpersonal skills, build self-confidence and create rich global networks for their personal and professional futures. Dashew Center programs have proven to significantly enhance participants’ experience at UCLA and broaden their global perspectives.

Programs Brochure

Dashew Center Brochure

Upcoming Events
Please visit Dashew Center Events Calendar page to view our upcoming programs and events.

“The Dashew Center programs have changed my life. I have made more friends in one quarter going to Dashew events than I did during my first two years at UCLA. The program is remarkable and it is amazing how many different types of programs, events, and assistance the Dashew Center provides to international students. We are so lucky to have them!”
Alexandros Duncan Palamourdas, Greek Graduate Student

“I would like to thank the Dashew Center for everything that you have provided [visiting scholars]. English Conversation Program, Trips, Film Nights, etc, all contributed to my research experience positively and turned out to be my best memories of Los Angeles.”
Mustafa Macit Karagozoglu, Turkish Visiting Scholar

“I LOVVVVED my conversation partner. He introduced me to his family, wife and kid. We grew really close over the year talking over dinner and drinks. I was really sad that my intercambiofamily isn’t here to stay forever. Thanks so much! You’re doing great work and enriching the lives of others! I appreciate everything you do at the Dashew Center!”
Shelly Yehuda, Domestic Undergraduate Student

“As an international student I appreciate all of your work and programs. I am a third-year graduate student and the trip to Yosemite National Park was by far the best experience I’ve had at UCLA! The trip was organized perfectly and exceeded my expectations. Not only did I have an amazing time on the trip, the staff was able to integrate everyone to really become a close group of friends. The Dashew Center is transforming in a very positive way!”
Mauricio Comas-Garcia, Mexican Graduate Student

I wanted to thank you for all your hard work and effort with the Global Siblings Program. My sibling is a very nice girl and we get along very well. She has really made me feel like her real sister and introduced me to her family. I know a lot of the other students also really appreciated this program too. Thank you.”
Jolien Buijs, International Student

“The ski trip was THE best trip I have ever been to. You have absolutely no idea how much good it did to me. I can only really sincerely thank you for it. I would say the skiing was the best part of the trip. But without the people I met- you guys, the other students, the staff - everything would have been worthless. Thank you all for giving me something I shall cherish all my life.”
Swati Padmanabhan, Indian Graduate Student

“Now I'm studying back at my home university, and I miss so much UCLA! Last year was unforgettable, I have no other words to describe it. And you guys from the Dashew are an important part of it. Thank you for this.”
Guido Pastore, Italian Exchange Student

“My conversation partner taught me so many things. He was quite valuable and resourceful. I cherished my time with him and we became good friends. I appreciate your thoughtful concern and excellent work!”
Yanjun Zhang, Chinese International Student

Donor List

DCISS Senior Ambassador
Cyber Ark International Inc.
Grossman, Bruce
Harman Family Foundation
Hui, Kakit P. Dr.
The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
Spataru, Anne-Marie
Stanley Dashew Trust
Rita and Stanley Dashew International Student Center
California Community Foundation Stanley A. Dashew Family Fdn

DCISS Ambassador
($2500 - $4999)

Friends of Dashew
Aleksandrov, Andriy
Asco, Peter
Borck, Judith L.
Bradford, Carol A.
Brill, Martin J.
Budis, Rose
California Community Foundation - Matching Gifts
California Community Foundation Gilson Family Fund
California Community Foundation The Landers Family Fund
Carnesale, Robin
Cheever III, Charles E.
Cheung Ph.D., Yam-Leung
Chevron Corporation
Cisco Systems Foundation Matching Gift Program
Cobb, Kelley A.
Coleman, Ruth R.
Comas Garcia, Mauricio
Cooperstein, Richard B.
Craig & Barbara Barrett Foundation
David and Mary Radell Family Trust
Dingley Ph.D, John
Doak, Janet W.
Doyle-Storer, J. Dorothy
Eisler, Rudy
Ericksen, Robert Brian
Fahmy, Warren A.
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Schoor Family Fund
Friedman, Lisa
Galaif, Daniel N., D.D.S.
Ghodsi, Parsha
Godbout, Pierre
Gorelick & Uslaner, CPAs A Professional Corporation
Greene, Gary S.
Greenleigh Family Trust
Gururaj, Karthik
Hanassab Ph.D., Shideh
Hanioka, Hiroya
Harman Family Foundation
Hayon, Joshua
Hernandez, Cesar E.
Hilts, Marjorie
Horstra, Charles
Hsing Esq, Jason Ku Choon
John A. Nue Insurance Services, Inc.
Jones, Alicia Jeneine
Ju, Xiaoyan
Kaneko, Yoshio
Kilroy, John B.
Kim, Hoon Seok
Kitada, Tasuku
Kornei, Katherine Anne
Lapin, Randy H.
Lavenson, Susan B.
Lebell Ph.D., Malca Baker
Lee, Ping K.
Leshin, Malcolm
Lesser, Stephen O.
Liao, Xuehong Catherine
Lim Ph.D, Sierin Lim
Liu, Peilin
Mahjoubfar, Ata
Majidpour, Mostafa
Mariscal, Deborah
Metzner, Robert G.
Meurer, Roberto
Molina, Jose T.
Ogata, Koichi
Oh, Susan Y.
Ottemoeller, Sylvia R.
Ouchida, Elissa Kikuye
Page, Mark Dudley
Polacsek, Margarete
Property Matrix
Ricketts, Ann
Roberts Jr., William E.
Romero, Cesar Rodolfo
Rynd, Mary Jane
Scully, Jennifer Eva
SIlva, Pedro Manuel
Somasundara Ph.D, Arun Agrahara
Spencer, Richard and Diana
Stephen Philibosian Foundation
Sugishita, Julie
Tannen Ph.D, Richard L.
Thai, Ai-Chan
The Manchee Foundation
The Winnick Family Foundation, Inc.
Tistaert, Lawrence C.
Tseng Ph.D, Chiao-Yu
Uejima, Hiroki
Valia, Hargovind J.
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Weese, Thomas D.
Weingarten, Jennie & Anat
Weiss, David H.
Whittington, Steve
Woolf, Bob
Xu, Lida
Yumino, Kei
Zaiss, Anne
Zhang, Zhongyang
Zhou, Josie