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Stanford receives gift to support the university’s Black Community Services Center and Ujamaa student residence

The staff of Ujamaa poses with resident fellow Jan Barker-Alexander during the fall 2014 move-in day.
(Image credit: L.A. Cicero)
Nov 18 2020
Stanford, Students

A generous gift from alumnus Evan Spiegel, ’12, and his family will create a permanent source of funding for the Black Community Services Center and Ujamaa House. This investment enables significant expansion of the educational, leadership and cultural programs provided by the BCSC and Ujamaa, and will empower students to play a central role in utilizing these resources. In addition, the gift will endow the resident fellow position and name the Jan Barker-Alexander Resident Fellow in Ujamaa, in honor of her remarkable impact as the longtime Ujamaa resident fellow.

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne commented on the significance of the gift. “As we strive to combat anti-Black racism in our community and in our country, this generous gift is a testament to the profound impact of the Black Community Services Center and Ujamaa learning communities at Stanford,” he said.

“Stanford is advancing a number of initiatives centered around diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice, including IDEAL, which is part of our Long-Range Vision. We are grateful to Evan and his family for supporting our work in this arena, and we know that this gift will have an immediate and positive effect on our students,” he said.

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