Syracuse University has announced a $5 million gift from alumni Marvin and Helaine Lender to establish a social justice center.
To be housed in the university's School of Education, the multidisciplinary Lender Center for Social Justice will provide support for research, symposia, and faculty and student fellowships. With a focus on developing ethical and courageous citizens, the center will work to encourage creative and critical engagement with social justice movements and support innovative research on contemporary social problems while providing proactive and concrete approaches and solutions to those problems.
After graduating from SU, where he is a life trustee, Marvin Lender worked for the family business, Lender's Frozen Bagels, which was sold in the 1984 to Kraft Foods. Longtime supporters of the university, the Lenders have been discussing with university officials the creation of a social justice center since 2015. "We knew that Syracuse University would have the desire and knowledge to make our dream a reality," said Helaine Lender. "This is our chance to do something special that will hopefully have an impact now and on future generations."