The funds will establish and fund endowments for research in the humanities and social sciences, including funding for a graduate student diversity endowment, CLASS faculty research initiatives, a creative writing program-graduate student community partnership, and two endowed professorships in creative writing. The gift is part of the university's $1 billion Here, We Go Campaign, the university's first major fundraising campaign in support of the arts and social sciences in more than twenty-five years.
"This gift matters because it provides support for key strategic initiatives in CLASS, surrounding student success, faculty success, and community engagement. Numerous academic departments/programs, especially creative writing, will benefit from this generous gift," said Antonio D. Tillis, dean of CLASS and the M.D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies. "The University of Houston is fortunate to exist in a community where individual donors want to be stakeholders in everything we do to enhance the academic experience for our students."