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.
Director of Development
Every day Kristi is inspired by the stories of the COE’s talented students and faculty and the history of pioneering research that has paved the way for countless breakthroughs in education, clinical & human services and policy. She works to connect alumni and friends of education who care deeply about the COE mission and who want to invest in the academic and research success of our students, faculty and programs.
A lifetime Oregonian, Kristi is a former student-athlete for the University of Oregon women’s soccer team and a 2000 graduate. Prior to the COE, she worked in development for UO, where she raised funds for athletics, scholarships, and student success initiatives. She is thrilled to connect alumni and friends to their passions at the UO and pay forward the generosity she received as a student-athlete. When not on campus, you may find Kristi enjoying family adventures with her son and husband, kayaking Oregon’s lakes and rivers, and seeking out the best local espresso.
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“Every person who walks through the doors of the University of Oregon College of Education desires to make a difference in the world. Through training, research, and practice, they partner with communities, families, and school districts to transform lives and improve outcomes. I believe there are many untold stories at the COE (past and present) and I’m honored to be a voice for those narratives.”