School of Social Work receives $7 million donation, changes name

The children of the benefactors studied at the school within the College for Design and Social Inquiry.


The College for Design and Social Inquiry will house two new social work centers thanks to the donation from Phyllis and Harvey Sandler. Jessica Wilkerson | Contributing Photographer

Benjamin Paley, Contributing Writer

FAU’s social work school has been renamed the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work after a recent donation.

Longtime benefactors of FAU, the Sandlers, donated $7 million to the school, according to an FAU press release.

The Sandler family has been involved with FAU since the husband and wife’s two daughters studied social work at the university 10 years ago.

“It feels so good to give back,” Harvey Sandler said. “It’s important to make investments in your community and take pride in where you live.”

The donation will be put toward establishing two centers within the school: the Robin Rubin Mindfulness and Wellness Center and the Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Research Center. A part of the donation will be spent on renovations for the College for Design and Social Inquiry

Interim dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry Wesley Hawkins said, “Students and faculty can now more fully address the social issues that have plagued our society for centuries – substance misuse, child abuse, health care, suicide, and depression.”

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