School naming celebration honors philanthropist T. Denny Sanford
Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford and ASU President Michael M. Crow will serve as keynote speakers at the naming ceremony for the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 4 p.m., Nov. 20.
Sanford is being honored by Arizona State University with the naming of the school in recognition of his long-time support of the university through his philanthropy. He has helped advance ASU through the creation of the Sanford Harmony Program that is designed to enhance relationships among girls and boys and a partnership with Teach for America at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
The Sanford Harmony Program is the only one of its kind that is designed specifically to help boys and girls learn more about each other, develop positive attitudes and behaviors toward each other, and inspire mutual respect and cooperation in their everyday lives. It has been implemented in several early childhood and intermediate classrooms across the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Sanford is a pioneer of new ideas, thoughts and programs, and his dream is to reduce the divorce rate in the United States by 50 percent within the next 50 years. The T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics features more than 60 world-class scholars, award-winning initiatives that break traditional academic boundaries and seek innovative solutions, and a large and diverse student body who are dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and families.
“Although our name is changing, our dedication to research, teaching and service for children, youth and families is stronger than ever, and Denny’s inspiration and investment ensure that this will continue to be the case,” notes Richard Fabes, founding director of the Sanford School.
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