Each semester, philanthropic support from members of the GW community help sponsor special academic and experiential events for GW students, alumni, faculty, and friends. Here are just a few from the spring 2016 semester:
Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute
On April 13, Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, his wife, Jacki—along with students, faculty, and top university officials—participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. Created through a $7 million donation from Gil and Jacki Cisneros last summer, the institute provides college scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships and also includes a pre-college program for high school juniors who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and service within the Hispanic community.
Work at the institute primarily will focus on the issue of undermatching, which occurs when students of high academic potential—often from low-income communities—do not matriculate to selective universities and instead enroll at universities they are overqualified to attend.
Read more about the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and its ribbon-cutting ceremony here.
Dr. William Dietz was formally installed as the inaugural Sumner M. Redstone Chair in a ceremony held March 1 at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Dietz—who for 15 years served as the director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—joined GW in March 2014 as the director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.
The Sumner M. Redstone Chair was endowed in 2014 as part of the $30 million gift from philanthropist Sumner M. Redstone, HON ’06, that established the Redstone Center, which is addressing some of the world’s most pressing public health challenges, particularly those related to child obesity.
Read the full story—including how Dr. Dietz began a four-plus decade venture into the fields of obesity, nutrition, and physical fitness—courtesy of our friends at GW Today.
GW Donors Take a Bow
Some of the university’s most generous donors gathered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts January 29 for a reception celebrating their support of GW before the D.C. premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty.
“Your support and leadership are vital to the continued achievement of our great university,” said Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Aristide J. Collins Jr. “This reception and tonight’s performance is an opportunity to celebrate all of you who have made the Making History campaign such a rousing success. By supporting GW, your generosity provides opportunities for our students and faculty to do amazing things and to make history.”
Read more about the special event here.
Power & Promise 2016
At the annual Power & Promise Scholarships and Fellowships Dinner on April 8, GW donors met the students who benefit from their gifts, while students who have received scholarships and fellowships shared what their sponsors have made possible. Over 400 attendees ate, laughed, and shared stories, pausing briefly to watch speeches and video presentations from their fellow donors and students.
“That’s what Power & Promise is about. The power of education and the promise for the future—for all of our futures—that our students mean to us,” GW President Steven Knapp said. “And the fact that we can display even a little of that tonight is what makes this occasion so special.”
Read the stories shared that evening by students whose lives have been changed thanks to Power & Promise here.
Celebrating LGBT Scholarships
GW students, friends, faculty, and parents gathered March 22 for a special reception honoring LGBT health leaders and celebrating student scholarships at Whitman-Walker Health, the renowned non-profit D.C. community health center with a special expertise in HIV/AIDS health care and LGBT health care.
Speakers included Graduate Dean Jeff Brand, honorary co-chair and board member Phil Sharp, GW’s LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program Director and Founder Stephen Forssell, and board member Quintilla Shott Whitman, P ’17, who was encouraged by her son Corey Whitman, CCAS ’17, to become involved with GW’s LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program. She has since become an active supporter of the program and advocate for philanthropy.
View photos from the event here.
I ♥ GWSPH
During the week of February 15, GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWSPH) raised awareness for student philanthropy through the #IHeartGWSPH campaign. GWSPH students came out to learn about why philanthropy is important and pledged their support for the school.
“Our students, staff, and faculty make a difference in the world every day and we are raising the bar to ensure that our love for our school shows in every heart,” said Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health.
View photos of GWSPH students learning about philanthropy and sharing why they love there school here.
Stay tuned to gwimpact.org for recent and upcoming events made possible by the power of philanthropy.