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Anti‐Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund for Architecture

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The 24-Hour Challenge is Rice University’s annual day of giving! On April 4, 2023, the Rice community will unite once again for a shared purpose — to put their support behind the extraordinary young Owls who strive for excellence, the teachers who inspire and one brilliant community that seeks to build a better world. Gifts can be directed to a school, residential college, research initiative, student club or any area on campus that means the most to you.

Anti‐Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund for Architecture

Please join Rice Architecture and Rice University for the 24-Hour Challenge on Thursday, April 7th when the entire Rice community will unite to put its collective support behind Rice’s remarkable faculty and students.

As part of our participation in this year’s challenge, we are asking for your support of The Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund at Rice Architecture. This fund supports the school’s ongoing commitment to equity in our discipline and education of a new generation of diverse architectural leaders.  Gifts to the fund will be used to recruit diverse students and faculty, support student groups, faculty research, school programming, and institute meaningful pedagogical changes, to advance this cause.

Dean Igor Marjanović‘s strategic vision for the next decade includes expanding access, diversity, and inclusiveness and positioning architecture as one of the most important agents of our dynamic, multicultural world. Rice Architecture is committed to diversity and inclusivity through multiple avenues at the school. There are faculty-led projects, student-led groups, a high school immersion program and a new staff position has been created to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded in everything that we do as a school, including our strategic initiatives.

Please consider supporting Rice Architecture through this special 24 Hour Challenge. Mark your calendar for April 7th, bookmark this link: Rice Giving Day, and support Rice Architecture and be counted toward Rice’s goal of reaching 4,700 donors.

For questions about your giving, please contact Mandy Mills, Rice Architecture, Director of Development at (713) 348-5495.


To bolster our effort, David Courtwright Ph.D. ’79 and Shelby Miller, former Rice art librarian, have generously offered a supporting challenge: When 4,400 donors make a gift of any size on April 4, they will donate $300,000 toward need-based scholarships.

Thanks To Our Recent Donors!