Investing in the Next Generation
Through evidence-based research and interventions, we have been creating positive change in communities and educational systems for over 100 years, all within a culture of respect and inclusion. Your donations build upon our foundation of academic and research excellence, as we train educators and students in prevention science, speech pathology, couples and family therapy, educational research methodology, and more.
Student scholarships can make all the difference, particularly for students in need. Ten percent of COE students receive scholarships thanks to the support of our generous donors – but we can do more. With your gift, we can help all students afford college, bridge gaps in equity, and send more diverse practitioners, educators, and researchers out into the field.
“I chose to attend the COE because of its reputation, its grounding in research-based practices, and its focus on constantly seeking to best support all students. My goal is to be the best educator I can be for ALL students, no matter who arrives in my classroom.”
—Gabrielle Arca, Special Education
Emily Tanner-Smith, Thomson Professor in the College of Education, is a leader in the field of meta-analysis, a discipline that combines data from multiple studies on the same subject in order to draw conclusions from the entire body of scientific evidence. Her award-winning research has led to more effective interventions to prevent teenage delinquency. Tanner-Smith’s position at the forefront of innovation in her field is a hallmark of the COE’s history of research prowess - a history that stretches back over 50 years and has improved the lives of so many. But we’re not resting on our laurels. The COE is looking to the future, with the hiring of new tenure-track faculty and our continued leadership in sponsored projects funding, with nearly $50M in awards last year. Help us empower the best and the brightest minds in the nation to keep our legacy strong.
Your generosity can heal. The COE’s educational and related clinical outreach programs serve hundreds of children and adults every year. The HEDCO Clinic provides sliding-scale counseling and family therapy, behavioral support for autism, care for brain injury and concussion, and speech-language pathology, and more. We are providing vital community benefits and creating new research to support families worldwide.
The Dean’s Academic Venture Fund is designed to provide flexible funding for important initiatives. Currently, funds are being used to support anti-racist projects at the College of Education, including anti-bias training, a college-wide curriculum review, and the new Network for Equity in Education Policy. Help the College of Education continue to be a standard-bearer for diversity, equity, and inclusion in education nationwide.
"The Education Department, in a way, is the most important department of the university because it is building people."
—Lorry I. Lokey
Opening Doors for Underrepresented Students
Thanks to a generous gift from a pair of alumni and longtime friends of the University of Oregon, a new scholarship fund will provide greater support and open doors to students of underrepresented communities. Jim and Andi Sandstrom have pledged $100,000 to establish the Tasia M. Smith Excellence Scholarship Fund at the College of Education.
Smith, Evergreen Assistant Professor in Prevention Science, focused on reducing the risk of chronic diseases among communities experiencing health disparities among underserved populations, and taught classes on counseling diverse populations. She died unexpectedly in 2018 at the age of 32. The Sandstroms chose to honor Smith’s memory by naming the College of Education scholarship in her name, to leave a lasting legacy honoring her. “We hope that other donors will join us and, by giving, will recognize someone who made a significant contribution to the College of Education,” Jim Sandstrom said.
Meet the Development Staff
Our Development staff members are here to answer your questions and facilitate your connection to the College of Education. The team is continually inspired by stories of the COE’s talented students and faculty and is honored to work with alumni and friends of the college who care deeply about its mission and success.
Kristi Schneider, Director of Development
As the director of development, Kristi works to connect alumni and friends of education who care deeply about the College of Education mission and who want to invest in the academic and research success of our students, faculty and programs.
Andrea Olson, Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
As the administrator of programs that advance donor stewardship activities and board relations, Andrea's duties include scholarship program management, donor recognition, donor relations, and fund management.
How to Give
Make a gift online: Giving online is the fastest, most direct way to make your gift to the UO College of Education. It’s easy, safe, and convenient.
Send it by mail: Be sure to include a gift form when mailing your check or credit card information. Checks should be payable to the University of Oregon Foundation and mailed to the address below:
COE Development Office
230 HEDCO Education Building
1215 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Give us a call: If you have questions or would like to give over the phone, our professional and friendly staff is here to help you, 8:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday. Call Kristi Schneider (541-346-1283), Laura King (541-346-1356), or Andrea Olson (541-346-5943).