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$511,000 Endowment Helps Institutionalize Peace
LOWELL (Sept. 25, 2007) ߝ Chancellor Marty Meehan hosted a luncheon today announcing the establishment of the Dana McLean Greeley Endowment for Peace Studies. The endowment totals $511,000, which includes a grant from the Greeley Foundation and matching state funds.
Each year, a committee appointed initially by the University and Greeley Foundation, will select a distinguished advocate for peace, noted humanitarian, or faith leader who will visit the campus to teach and engage in public discussions that advance the cause of peace and justice. The Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies will be hosted by UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflicts Study Institute (PACSI). Since 1991, PACSI has sponsored forums to educate the campus and the community about issues of peace and conflict resolution.
“With this gift, we are institutionalizing peace,” said UMass Lowell Prof. Robert Gamache, a co-director of PACSI and dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Marine Sciences. “This endowment will allow PACSI to expand its mission to promote education, research and practice concerning peace and conflict issues.”
“Rev. Dana McLean Greeley gained an international reputation for a life spent waging peace,” said Chancellor Meehan. “In his life’s journey, Rev. Greeley walked shoulder-to-shoulder with Martin Luther King, Albert Schweitzer and thousands around the world who worked for peace. He asked ‘Is peace possible today?’ and answered, ‘We must make it possible.’ Today, let’s commit ourselves to making his dream come true.”
The Greeley Foundation for Peace and Social Justice is based in Concord, and for 20 years kept Rev. Dana McLean Greeley’s message of peace and justice alive by awarding grants to socially conscious organizations. Greeley was a Unitarian minister and international peace activist who believed the collective efforts of humans can promote social change. Throughout its history, the goals of the foundation were to promote dialogue and leadership; to elevate integrity, compassion, honesty and courage; and to seek creative ways to realize the unifying power of peace.
“The creation of The Rev. Dana McLean Greeley Endowment for Peace Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies Institute will continue the work the foundation has been doing for the past 20 years,” said Edward Perry of the Greeley Foundation. “The Greeley Endowment will fund a distinguished advocate for peace, noted humanitarian or faith leader in a limited residency during one semester each year.”
Between 1986 and 2006, the Greeley Foundation awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to grassroots organizations in Greater Boston and Greater Concord, including the Merrimack Valley cities of Lowell and Lawrence. In the twentieth anniversary year of the Foundation, the trustees resolved to award nearly $1 million to five non-profit organizations who will carry on the work of the foundation over time and stand as a permanent legacy to the vision of Rev. Greeley and the people of the Foundation.
The goal is to bring the first Greeley Peace Scholar to the UML campus and the region for spring of ’08.
As an organization committed to furthering peace and conflict issues, UMass Lowell’s PACSI programs have addressed such topics as intimate partner violence and child abuse, youth gangs, environmental justice, civil rights, land mines, human rights, civil liberties, missile defense, economic conversion and terrorism. In the past, PACSI has been able to bring activists and writers of national and international significance to UML including notable speakers such as Ralph Nader, James Forman, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Linda Stout, Michael Klare, Joshua Rubenstein, Theodore Postol, and Noel Ignatiev.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.