CONTINUING THE COMMITMENT
Taking a cue from the University’s history, today’s leaders continually find ways to drive the mission of diversity forward in as many areas as possible. Initiatives include the establishment of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, founded in 1997 as the Human Rights Program, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality in 1996.
The Diversity Leadership Council brings together senior administrators from across the University of Chicago to maintain an inclusive campus community, and the appointment of a deputy provost for research and minority issues has given rise to all-time highs in University enrollment and graduation rates for typically underrepresented minorities.
As the University embraces diverse populations, it has also made its education accessible to students of varying financial backgrounds. During the 2014–15 academic year, the University provided $110 million to support undergraduate students alone.
The Odyssey Scholarship program and the No Barriers initiative support students in all phases of their education and beyond graduation, including expanded opportunities for career development and elimination of all student loan requirements in undergraduate, need-based financial aid packages. The University also continues its commitment to the city of Chicago through UChicago Promise, an initiative that targets local high school students and assists them in preparing and applying to selective colleges.
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business made history in 1964 when it became the country’s first business school to institute a minority scholarship program, developed by Dean George P. Shultz.
In 2011 and 2013, Law School alumnus David Rubenstein donated gifts of $10 million each—the Law School’s largest gifts from a single donor—to fund 20 full-tuition merit scholarships in three successive classes.
From a family of modest financial circumstances—his father’s annual wage never exceeded $10,000—to one of the most successful businessmen in the United States, Rubenstein credits his full-tuition Law School scholarship as the catalyst for his early success.
“When scholars graduate without debt, they are free to apply their skills and labor to pursuits they might otherwise have bypassed, such as public service. I am excited to see the great things these students do in their careers over time,” said Rubenstein, who had a political career that included service in the Carter administration and later founded the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms.