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UC Berkeley receives $16-million donation to expand diversity-related programs

February 18, 2010 |  1:07 pm

UC Berkeley has received a $16-million donation from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund to expand academic programs in various aspects of ethnic, religious and sexual diversity and to fund scholarships for low-income community college students who transfer to the campus, officials announced Thursday.

Among other things, the donation will fund five new faculty chairs in diversity-related research, including one of the nation’s first endowed chairs on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equity issues. It will also be used to add more American Cultures courses, which are required of all UC Berkeley undergraduates, and to revise some to emphasize community service outside the classroom. And $1.5 million will be set aside to match donations for financial aid for transfer students.

-- Larry Gordon