University of Connecticut Receives $4 Million in Gifts

The University of Connecticut has announced gifts totaling $4 million from the Open Society Foundations and alumnus Gary Gladstein and his wife, Dr. Phyllis Gladstein, for its Human Rights Institute.

Gladstein ('66), who has been the institute's primary supporter, is giving $2 million, while OSF has pledged a $2 million challenge grant that requires the institute to raise an additional $2 million in support of its endowment and scholarships for undergraduates majoring in human rights. The institute includes cross-disciplinary research teams of faculty and graduate students that focus on three distinct areas: economic and social rights, humanitarianism, and global health and human rights.

"The vision and generosity of our donors continues to make an incredible impact on this program and is helping to make UConn a global leader in human rights education and scholarship," said Susan Herbst, the university's president. "We could not be more grateful to both Gary Gladstein and George Soros for their support and commitment to our university and the field of human rights."

"UConn Receives $4 Million for Human Rights Initiatives." University of Connecticut Press Release 01/18/2016.