Vancouver-based entrepreneur, best-selling author, and Adler University Alumnus Udo Erasmus recently made the largest single gift the University has received in Vancouver. The generous $500,000 donation from Erasmus will be used for scholarships for Adler University students in Vancouver.
Erasmus presented the donation to the Adler University Campaign for Social Justice at an event in support of the fundraising campaign on May 30 in Vancouver. The Campaign for Social Justice, the University’s first comprehensive campaign, supports the institution’s premier graduate education for students who want to lead social change, with an emphasis on increasing student scholarships.
“Adler University is the leading academic institution in North America advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities and a more just society,” said Joy MacPhail, Chair of the Adler University Board of Trustees. “Our programs prioritize social justice, with students focusing on applied counselling and on real practice. Udo’s generous gift means that more students at our Vancouver campus will be able to serve the communities that need them most.”
In recognition of this donation, the Vancouver campus has co-named its lobby the Erasmus Mosak Lobby after Erasmus and Dr. Harold Mosak, one of Adler University’s founders and original faculty members. Erasmus was a student of Mosak’s and this is the first time that any physical space at the Vancouver campus has been recognized with a namesake.
“It’s such an exciting time for Adler University’s Vancouver campus,” said Bradley O’Hara, Executive Dean of the Vancouver campus. “Our faculty, staff and students are making meaningful contributions across Greater Vancouver to communities and their residents’ mental health by using their passion to be effective agents of change.”