The Suzanne Salter Arkin Science Endowment, established by alumna Suzanne Salter Arkin with a $2 million donation in 2016, is dedicated to supporting outstanding Sarah Lawrence science students who want to pursue serious individual study of science while engaging with the arts, humanities, language, literature, and the social sciences in a liberal arts institution.
A grant to support programs for first generation and underrepresented students has been awarded to Sarah Lawrence College by the Booth Ferris Foundation of New York. The two-year, $220,000 grant will enable the College to expand an existing five-day pre-orientation program designed to ease the transition to college life for this cohort of students, provide year-round programs and services, develop a family outreach program, and launch efforts to advance social justice leadership and advocacy training for these student leaders.
From Natasha Rodriguez’s first assignment in Marek Fuchs’ First-Year Studies course, Marek was struck by the depth and drive of her curiosity, and he set out to help her find ways to fuel it.
Weaving together child psychology, neuroscience, and theatre, Jaela Cheeks-Lomax ’17 and psychology faculty member Lizzie Johnston collaborated to develop a mindfulness curriculum for 2nd to 6th graders enrolled in a local after-school program.
J.J. Abrams ’88 will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 89th Commencement, which will be streamed live on Friday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Abrams has been an innovative writer, director, and producer in film and television over his celebrated career, which began in his final year at Sarah Lawrence, when he collaborated with a friend to write a feature film treatment that was purchased by Disney Studios.
Jamal Joseph, Oscar-nominated writer and director, will address the graduates of the College’s nine master’s degree programs at the 2017 Graduate Commencement. The event, which will be streamed live, begins at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18
Leadership gifts in support of the Barbara Walters Campus Center:*
A commitment of $2 million from Trustee Sarah Gray Gund ’65 and her husband Geoffrey Gund
A gift of $2 million from Josephine Merck ’69
A gift of $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A commitment of $100,000 from Peter Lawrence, made in honor of Karen R. Lawrence
A gift of $100,000 from the Westchester Community Foundation, in honor of Karen R. Lawrence
A gift of $100,000 from the Lauder Foundation, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A gift of $100,000 from the David Geffen Foundation, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A gift of $100,000 from Peter Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney, made in honor of Barbara Walters
A commitment of $100,000 from Trustee Rachel Williams Zebrowski ’73, in honor of her mother Pauline Bolton Williams ’44 and in gratitude to Karen R. Lawrence
*as of January 31, 2017
Ali Weinstein ’17 had already cultivated a unique approach to conference work by the time she began her “Biology of Living and Dying” course. In addition to completing a traditional research project for each course, she would also write a feature-length screenplay that enabled her to explore course material in a fresh context while building a portfolio to support her pursuit of a screenwriting career.
Together, in just 24 hours, 762 donors made gifts in excess of $337,000 for the College. This generosity enabled Sarah Lawrence to earn the full $125,000 we had in matching funds. Thank you to every community member who made a gift, talked up the day, or made a public declaration of why they are #all4SarahLawrence. You inspired us all!
Today, your gift goes further—for student scholarships, for faculty retention, for our unique education—than any other day of the year.
Your enthusiasm is critical to our success. We are asking everyone who feels our school is important to share why using the hashtag #all4SarahLawrence. Throught the day, we will be sharing testimonials from Sarah Lawrence community members on the Giving Day website.