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Record Breaking Year in Fundraising for CAHSS Student Support and Faculty Innovation

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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) has raised $11.3 million in philanthropic support this year from alumni, parents and friends of CAHSS and DU. These gifts advance our strategic priorities across the college, and they will support students and faculty in a variety of ways. Highlights from the 2022–23 academic year include: 

  • Scholarship support of more than $1 million help talented students to afford a DU education and a CAHSS major or graduate degree.
  • Student internships, research, and travel experiences — which research shows are all key to meaningful learning and strong career outcomes — are benefiting from nearly $200,000 in new funding.
  • Faculty scholarship, research, and creative work will benefit from nearly $200,000 in gifts (excluding sponsored research and federal and state grants) that support their work and its community impacts.
  • More than $3 million in gifts of art to support the growing University Art Collection that will enhance the research of faculty and students and allow for important conservation and provenance projects for our museum studies students.  This included maps, 19th-century views of Egypt and the Holy Land, Audubon and John Gould prints of birds, a collection of Northwest-Coast prints and woodwork by Native artists and photographs by Patrick Nagatani and George Gardner.
  • More than $2 million in support for students, faculty and programs in the Lamont School of Music, matched through the generosity of the late Michael McGoldrick’s estate, the largest matching gift to the college.
  • Department-specific gifts, including $85,000 for the Holocaust Awareness Institute’s groundbreaking online educational materials and training program for K-12 teachers; multi-year funding to bring in visiting professors and artists in Studio Art and in Media, Film, & Journalism Studies; and $65,000 to support the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI)’s work bringing justice and healing to incarcerated people.

None of this would have been possible without the thought, caring and generosity of our donors.  

“I am thankful to all of those who supported CAHSS this year. We are honored to be stewards of these gifts and look forward to sharing with you the impact and success of your investment in CAHSS,” said Rhonda M. Gonzales, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

“I hope to see many of you in the year ahead and invite you and your families to join us on campus, at DU events in your city and online to learn more about the amazing students, faculty, and programs that are working to advance human knowledge and understanding and to support the public good."

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