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Giving to the College of Liberal Arts

Your gifts will make CLA a destination for the world's brightest minds.

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How You Can Help

The wellbeing of our students is always our top priority. For students forced to adapt quickly to new learning realities and new financial circumstances in the face of COVID-19, the impact is significant and immediate, especially those who already face financial insecurity.

The College of Liberal Arts is focusing our fundraising efforts on ensuring all of our students have access to housing, food, tuition relief, mental health services, and transportation. If you’re able to help, please consider a gift to the CLA Student Emergency Support Fund. Thank you. Our students are fortunate to have you in their corner.

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The Transformative Impact of Giving

"My scholarships gave me that room to be able to choose career experiences where the focus could be more on building career skills than having to fully support myself."

Recent graduate Lauren Foley (BA '21, English and Spanish) was the first person in her family to embark on a four-year degree. She found what she needed in CLA.

Impact by the Numbers

You make CLA a destination for the world's brightest minds, and keep a college education within reach for the talented, the visionary, the driven.

million to support students
new funds to support faculty research and teaching
million for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives

Support the College of Liberal Arts

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Attract Top Students

Your scholarship and fellowship gifts enable us to recruit the brightest minds to Minnesota. With your help, we will deepen our focus on providing critical access to high-impact, experiential learning opportunities for students, including internships, undergraduate research, and learning abroad.

Support Student Scholarships 

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The Public Life Project

CLA is launching a new initiative to help students successfully navigate life in an increasingly polarized political time and develop skills to engage in—and model—vigorous yet respectful debate and discussion. Your gifts will support the Public Life Project will equip a new generation to fully engage in public life with the understanding of and respect for differences.

Support Engagement 

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Spark Innovation & Collaboration

As we partner across the University to address the world’s great challenges, your gifts for new Innovation Funds will give us flexibility to adapt to changing times, evolving issues, and immediate concerns. In recent years we have provided pilot funding to launch interdisciplinary research programs, develop an applied statistics institute, introduce a special grant program for associate professors, and test new models of internship support. A steady and sizable pool of investment resources will allow us to continue supporting this kind of measurable experimentation, innovation, and testing of new ideas.

Support Innovation and Research

We're Here to Help

We'd love to talk to you about how your gifts can make a difference and lend a helping hand. Call us at 612-625-5031.