July 6, 2012
Gift to establish Fund for Social Justice and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts
David Stern gifts $120k to UO School of Law, Clark Honors College
The University of Oregon School of Law and the Clark Honors College are pleased to announce the establishment of the Fund for Social Justice and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts. The fund is being made possible through a generous $120,000 gift from David B. Stern, president of the Portland, Ore., financial services firm D.B. Stern & Co.
The fund will provide support for the students, faculty and programs in the Clark Honors College and School of Law, particularly the school’s Conflict and Dispute Resolution master’s degree program. The fund also will support student fellowship opportunities known as Stern Fellowships, through which student fellows will assume active roles on projects related to conflict resolution, ethics and human rights.
“These funds will enable some of our best students to engage with faculty and others in the active pursuit of some of the most pressing social challenges of our day,” said School of Law Dean Michael Moffitt. “This is a three-fold gift: helping to transform individual students’ lives, helping to strengthen important university programs and helping to create lasting effects on the world.”
Stern is a longtime supporter of the UO and 1995 recipient of the university’s Distinguished Service Award. He and Nancy Guitteau have established several professorships through the Oregon Humanities Center, including the Kritkos Professorship, which brings distinguished scholars, critics and leaders in the humanities to lecture at the UO; the Tzedek Professorship in the Humanities, which focuses on personal ethical responsibility to others; and the Coleman-Guitteau Professorship, which seeks to promote the development of new or substantially revised interdisciplinary undergraduate humanities courses that focus on basic questions of human nature, conduct and culture.
Clark Honors College Dean David Frank noted the importance of Stern’s gift to the academic life of CHC students.
“David Stern’s generous gift will ensure that students in the Clark Honors College are afforded the opportunity to engage in internationally respected programs on social justice,” Frank remarked. “The university and the Clark Honors College are deeply in his debt.”
Cheyney Ryan, emeritus professor teaching in the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program at Oregon Law, was a critical link in the relationship with Stern and in bringing together the School of Law and Clark Honors College.
“David Stern is a true visionary, who brings passion and purpose to all his efforts at the University of Oregon. We are honored by his support,” Ryan said.
Ryan and Stern have worked together since the mid-1990s, when they collaborated on the university’s “Ethics After the Holocaust” conference in 1996.