University of Denver gets a new public policy institute thanks to a $14 million gift

The University of Denver's Sturm College of Law. (Cooopersmith/Wikimedia Commons)

The University of Denver's Sturm College of Law. (Cooopersmith/Wikimedia Commons)

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With a $14 million gift, longtime friends of the University Denver Doug and Mary Scrivner hope to give the university the resources it needs to tackle monumental issues.

DU says it will use the money to establish and fund the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, including paying for an endowment, administration and scholarships. The professors and students will use interdisciplinary academic techniques to address our most intimidating and consequential questions.

“Their generosity in establishing the Scrivner Institute represents a visionary leap forward in connecting academic excellence across disciplines with practical expertise to solve the greatest issues facing our society. We are immensely grateful for their partnership as together we envision and create a bold future for the University of Denver,” Chancellor Rebecca Chopp said in a press release.

DU believes this institute will enhance their commitment to a curriculum that focuses on ethics, leadership and creating engaged citizens. The program will combine academic research with the experience of active leaders and incorporate data sciences and analytics.

“We recognize that this university has a unique interdisciplinary excellence and an ability and opportunity to affect real change in some of the most crucial arenas of our society. We are thrilled to emphasize our legacy here at DU through the Scrivner Institute, knowing that the knowledge created here, combined with an exceptional student experience, will impact our world in countless ways for the years to come,” Doug Scrivner said in the release.

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