When it comes to his thoughts about AULA, alumnus Jim Weinstein doesn’t mince words. “Phenomenal,” he declares. “That’s why it’s in my estate.”
Weinstein established this planned gift after years of supporting the University’s innovative programs, including the Bridge Program for underserved students and the MA in Clinical Psychology program, from which he graduated in ’96. He is committed to the school, crediting AULA for his success as a therapist specializing in traditional psychotherapy and career and couples counseling in Washington, D.C. “AULA opened up a career for me that has been so fulfilling and rewarding, and remunerative as well,” Weinstein notes. “It really changed my life.”
That life-changing experience almost didn’t happen. Disenchanted with the psychology department in his undergraduate school 25 years before, Weinstein entered AULA’s MA in Clinical Psychology program with low expectations, unsure that he would stay for more than a semester. That all changed when he took his first course. “Joy Turek taught the intro class, and it just blew me away,” Weinstein recalls. “And all of the classes I took from that point on were just absolutely fascinating.” When the Psychology program introduced a Specialization in LGBT Psychology several years ago, Weinstein made a donation – both as a gift to Turek and as a chance to help the groundbreaking new program. “The Specialization is really important, and not something that is widely available by any means,” says Weinstein. “To the degree that I could support it and help make it successful, I wanted to do that.”
Establishing a planned gift is yet another way that Weinstein supports a university that has supported him. He explains, “It’s a way to recognize the impact that Antioch University has had on my life: to give something back, so others can be similarly impacted.”
To learn more about making a gift to AULA’s Bridge Program, the MA in Psychology program’s LGBT Specialization, or other giving opportunities, please contact Liz Crozer, Director of Institutional Advancement, at (310) 578-1080 ext. 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.