The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus Matthew C. Harris ('84) and his wife, Jennifer, to establish an institute dedicated to understanding kindness.
Awarded through the Bedari Foundation, the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute will support interdisciplinary research on kindness, including evolutionary, biological, psychological, economic, cultural, and sociological perspectives, as well as efforts to understand its social and physical mechanics. To be housed in the university's social sciences division, the institute also will provide mindfulness awareness training to students, faculty, and staff at UCLA, as well as in underserved communities in Los Angeles.
"Our vision is that we will all live in a world where humanity discovers and practices the kindness that exists in all of us," said Matthew Harris, a partner with Global Infrastructure Partners. "Much research is needed to understand why kindness can be so scarce in the modern world. As we seek at Bedari to bridge the divide between science and spirituality, through the establishment of the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute we hope to educate and empower more and more people in the practice of kindness."