|George Soros (contributed photo)|
STORRS —Philanthropist George Soros and
UConn alumnus Gary Gladstein ’66 with his wife, Dr. Phyllis Gladstein, will give a $4 million gift to the UConn Human Rights Institute, according to a release.
This marks the largest ever donation to the
program, the release said.
"The gift, which requires the UConn Foundation
raise an additional $2 million in matching funds, would give the
Institute a $6 million endowment and provide scholarships to
undergraduates majoring in human rights," the release said.
“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,”
UConn President Susan Herbst said, also in the release. “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.”
|Gary Gladstein (contributed photo)|
"The Institute, with its
interdisciplinary focus, is one of the top human rights programs in
higher education worldwide. Faculty members are drawn from most schools
and colleges across the university, including
anthropology, political science, business, and law. The program has a
strong focus on collaborative research and scholarship. The Institute
has a rapidly growing student population and its graduates have landed
key humanitarian jobs," the release said.
“I was a child in Hungary when the Nazis invaded. I
then lived under Soviet rule, so I know what it is like to live under
brutal regimes that deprive people of their basic human rights,” Soros
said. “I am pleased to support UConn’s critical
work in researching and promoting human rights. I am glad to partner
with Gary to help build UConn’s program.”
Gladstein, who has been the Institute’s primary
benefactor, is giving the Institute a gift of $2 million. Soros, a
businessman, philanthropist, and political activist, has pledged to give
a $2 million challenge grant. Soros’s grant is through
the Open Society Foundations, his grant-making network dedicated to
building democracies with accountable and open governments.
Also in the release:
Soros’s grant requires the UConn Foundation to
raise an additional $2 million in matching funds from donors. Once
completed, the $6 million endowment will provide scholarships,
fellowships, internships, and program support for signature
programs, such as the Scholars-at-Risk Initiative.
Gladstein said he was pleased to partner with
Soros, a friend and colleague who first raised his awareness of the
vital importance of human rights.
“All civilizations must learn to share and respect
the human rights of others,” Gladstein said. “The true differences
around the world are not between different religions or races, but more
about those who embrace peace and those who would
destroy it. We can all do much better when we work together.”