Law and Policy Discussion

The Endeavor Foundation Awards $248,070 Grant to Allegheny College Law & Policy Program

The Endeavor Foundation has awarded a $248,070 grant to Allegheny College to support the college’s Law & Policy Program, which provides opportunities for students to explore law and policy from theory to practice.

The Law & Policy Program blends students’ academic goals and preparation in international and domestic law and policy with on-going opportunities in career education, internships, study away, civic learning, and community programming. Through integrated courses and collaborative learning experiences, students engage and seek to address the critically important and complex issues confronting our communities.

“We are delighted to support the Law & Policy Program at Allegheny College,” said Julie J. Kidd, president of The Endeavor Foundation. “Through its emphasis on inter- and cross-disciplinary inquiry, learning outside of the classroom, intellectual risk-taking and deep reflection on diverse educational experiences, the program fosters students’ academic, personal, professional and civic development. This whole-person approach to education is critical for cultivating global citizens capable of ethically addressing society’s most pressing issues.”

Learning experiences offered through the Law & Policy Program include campus and community workshops, internships and other off-campus opportunities. For example, a contingent of Allegheny faculty, staff and students annually attends the International Humanitarian Law Dialogues, meeting with current and former international war crimes tribunal prosecutors at the Chautauqua Institution.

The Law & Policy Program also invites an array of leading regional, national and international scholars and other professionals to campus to present lectures and work directly with students each semester. In addition, these experts often contribute to one- to two-week “short courses” that give students new perspective on important topics such as the federal budget, criminal justice, energy policy and international humanitarian law.

Established in 2016, the Law & Policy Program is co-directed by Kristin Black, assistant director of career education and pre-law advisor in the Allegheny Gateway, and Brian M. Harward, Robert G. Seddig Chair in Law and Policy and director of the Center for Political Participation.

“We are most appreciative of The Endeavor Foundation’s support of the work by the faculty, staff and students affiliated with the Law & Policy Program, and we are delighted to know that the foundation shares our vision for the program,” Harward said. “We are confident that, with Endeavor’s support, the Law & Policy Program will continue to provide an important set of engaged learning experiences that enable students not only to explore academic and career goals, but also challenge them to put their ideas and energies into action.”

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About The Endeavor Foundation

Founded in 1952 by Christian A. Johnson, The Endeavor Foundation is dedicated to efforts that foster independent thought, ethical understanding, deep appreciation of the arts and reverence for the natural world. The Endeavor Foundation has pursued these objectives primarily by supporting and catalyzing excellence in liberal arts education and related fields, and has supported the curricular and pedagogical development of a significant number of liberal arts colleges in the United States. The Foundation has also made major contributions to the arts, to projects that assist independent states in the formerly Soviet-dominated region of Central and Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia and Ukraine, to Native American projects and to efforts that promote environmental awareness. Endeavor was instrumental in the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and ECLA European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, Germany. Currently, the Foundation is planning an expansion into new areas of interest demanded by the challenges of an ever-more-complex world.

About Allegheny College

One of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny College is known nationally as a place where students with unusual combinations of interests, skills and talents excel. In its 2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny among the top six most innovative national liberal arts colleges in the country.