Donor to match funds raised by Brock community in support of student diversity

Educators require the tools and knowledge to effectively teach students while instilling strong ethics and values of inclusion and diversity. In order to advance these important qualities, Brock’s Faculty of Education (FOE) must lead by example and provide students a diverse and inclusive learning community.

The Faculty recognizes that financial need is a barrier for many students looking to pursue post-secondary education. To support students from all social, cultural and racialized communities in joining one of Canada’s leading faculties of education, the Faculty has launched a new fundraising initiative to establish additional financial support for FOE students. The initiative aims to raise $25,000, which will be matched by an anonymous donor, increasing the impact every dollar has on students.

Building on Brock’s strategic priorities, the initiative looks to foster a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization.

Dean Michael Owen said the FOE’s faculty, staff and alumni are asked to partner together and support the initiative for the benefit of future students and educators.

“In Brock’s Faculty of Education, we are lucky to teach and work alongside a community of educators who are driven to help people reach their full potential,” he said. “This is the perfect opportunity for our community to step up and support students joining the Faculty, where they too can reach their full potential.”

Owen also noted that by creating additional award opportunities for entering students of diverse backgrounds, the Faculty will attract top students to its programs. By continuing to provide financial supports for students throughout their studies, students are more likely to worry less about financial stressors and feel more support to succeed in their studies at Brock.

“We are lucky to so often see the Brock community come together in support of many important initiatives on campus,” said Sonia Dupte, Executive Director, Development and Campaigns. “With Dean Owen leading this initiative, there is no doubt that this too will be a major success.”

Dupte also shared that as Brock emerges from the pandemic, the University has seen a continued interest from donors in supporting student awards and ensuring a positive educational journey for students.

“We look forward to seeing the community of supporters compromised of faculty, staff and alumni continue this trend by supporting our students along with the Faculty that has made a difference in their educational and professional journey,” she said.

The FOE community is encouraged to consider donating to the fund online (using the Faculty of Education Award designation). Faculty and staff can also use the payroll contribution option via Workday.

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