A new $150,000 gift has been earmarked for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.
U of A alumni Lanny and Becki McInoth have made the planned gift to the university, which has been counted in the Campaign Arkansas fundraising effort. In total, the University of Arkansas raised approximately $1.45 billion through this effort.
This gift will create the Ellis and Rebecca McIntosh Endowment for Faculty Excellence in Architecture. Through the endowment, the funds will provide faculty enhancement and funding for outreach and recruitment of diverse students and faculty.
The endowment will also provide for an annual architecture faculty enhancement award or stipend to support a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Becki and I believe in giving back – to our school, to our professions, to our community and to causes we believe in,” Lanny McIntosh said in a statement. “I – and many of my classmates – greatly value our education, experience and relationships with our dean and faculty, so giving back in some meaningful way is a natural thing.”
The recruitment efforts will focus on increasing student enrollment from the Arkansas Delta, and a mentorship program will be development to provide mentors to work with students.
While they currently live in Tulsa, Okla., both Lanny and Becki McIntosh are Arkansas natives. Lanny received a B.Arch from the Fay Jones School in 1979, while Becki earned a B.S.B.A. from the Sam M. Walton College of Business in 1977.