Giving to Your Department/Office

Funding Priorities

Gifts of all sizes and for all purposes are appreciated and contribute to student education, breakthrough research and continued outreach efforts in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Additionally, departmental leadership has indicated key areas of needed support for the continued strength of the teaching, research and outreach programs.

The Human Development and Family Studies Excellence Fund

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is well known for its high quality research, instruction, Child Development Lab, Family Resiliency Center, and outreach programs.  Gifts in support of the Human Development and Family Studies Excellence Fund allow departmental leadership to address the most pressing needs and greatest opportunities to advance the department’s mission to  address contemporary social issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families through high quality research, teaching, and outreach.  These gifts provide immediate positive impact to support students through scholarships, graduate awards, experiential learning opportunities, faculty research, travel awards, and staff support to name just a few examples.

Student Support

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies seeks to attract and retain the best and brightest minds at the graduate and undergraduate level to pursue an education in fields that will contribute to family resilience and positive human development across the lifespan.  Your gift to support students allows the department to recruit students through the award of scholarships and fellowships, provide experiential learning opportunities to students ranging from granting scholarships to study abroad, attending professional conferences, or supporting student groups and initiatives.

Faculty Support

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies seeks to establish multiple faculty chair and professorship endowments. These endowments will provide funding in support of the salaries and research programs of these exceptional faculty members, enhancing the teaching and research missions for perpetuity. Specific areas where we seek to establish endowments include health and well-being, family diversity, and successful aging.

Programmatic Support

In addition to the overarching priorities highlighted above, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is home to several outstanding programs that contribute significantly to the teaching, research, and outreach mission of the department.  Investment in these key programmatic areas is vital to our ability to enhance family resilience and positive human development across the lifespan.  To learn more about these programs and their investment priorities, please click on the respective links below:

Child Development Laboratory
The Family Resiliency Center
The Autism Project
Child Care Resource Service

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