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Butler Approves $100 Million Sciences Complex with Support from the Fairbanks Foundation
New Sciences Complex Overview - Butler University

This month, Butler University announced the approval of a new $100 million sciences complex on campus. The project includes new high-tech classrooms designed to promote learning by doing, labs that mimic the set-up at top research companies, and work spaces meant to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The Fairbanks Foundation awarded $13 million dollars over 13 years to support the sciences complex expansion and renovation project.

“We are honored to support the continued growth of the sciences program at Butler, which is a legacy grantee of our foundation and an institution that our founder, Richard M. Fairbanks, strongly supported,” says Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. “Among our foundation’s focus areas is supporting Indianapolis’ thriving life sciences sector and the STEM workforce to support it. Fueling a robust pipeline of science students at Butler helps to advance those goals.”

You can find the full announcement and more details on the project here.

Fairbanks Foundation Grants Funding to Marian University's Klipsch Educators College
Marian University's Klipsch Educators College will receive $900,000 over three-years from the Fairbanks Foundation. The funding will support the operating costs of Klipsch College's New Teacher Preparation Program. 

“Marian University has taken bold steps to transform how it selects and prepares teachers with the ultimate goal of better serving students in our community,” Claire Fiddian-Green, President and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, said. “We share Marian University’s dedication to elevating the teaching profession and are proud to support the Klipsch Educators College’s work to develop a pipeline of high-quality teachers and school leaders who will serve in Indianapolis schools.” 

The Foundation has awarded $2.6 million to Klipsch College since 2016.

You can find the full announcement and more details on Klipsch Educators College's New Teacher Preparation Program here. 

An Interview with Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative Director, Mike Thibideau
By Ellen Quigley, Vice President of Programs
In February 2018, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana announced the Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative, a strategic partnership with Governor Eric Holcomb and his administration to combat the opioid epidemic. The initiative’s mission is to empower the business community by educating and guiding employers through the steps they can take to help their workers struggling with substance use disorder.

On August 17, 2018, the Fairbanks Foundation awarded a two-year grant to the Indiana Chamber in the amount of $125,000 to support the launch of the Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative.

Learn more about the motivations and implementation of the Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative in an interview with the Director of the initiative, Mike Thibideau.
Claire Fiddian-Green in the IBJ's Forefront

National Public Radio recently aired a story about female activists in Saudi Arabia who have been jailed since 2018 for advocating for freedoms for women in their country, including the ability to drive a car and the right to travel abroad or marry without the consent or presence of a male guardian. Some activists were recently released and claim to have been tortured while imprisoned by waterboarding, electrocution, threats of rape and more.

I feel simultaneously horrified about what these courageous activists have endured and grateful that my family immigrated to the United States when I was a child. As a woman living in America, I have the right to be educated, pursue a career, and live autonomously—all without regard to my gender.

In passing, I shared this story with a female friend and reflected how lucky we are to be women living in America today. Her reply was sobering: Some women are lucky, but the fact remains that too many people in Marion County—women and men alike—would not consider themselves lucky.

The sad reality is that many of our neighbors endure a sort of second-class citizenship based on the circumstances into which they were born. Equipping our fellow Hoosiers with the necessary tools to overcome these circumstances is critical if we’re going to thrive as a city and state.

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